Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children
For information about Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults or Children ages 7-17, contact Tracy Brookmire, Director of Religious Education, 794-0222, ext. 18
RCIA is the process for interested individuals who are unbaptized or baptized in another Christian faith tradition to learn and discern what it means to be Catholic. After having heard about the mystery of Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit, the individual takes the necessary steps to enter into full communion with the community of believers through the Sacraments of Initiation.
In the early church, children of the age of reason prepared to join the Church along with the adults. When they were ready, they were welcomed into the church during the Easter Vigil, receiving the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Holy Eucharist (Communion), and Confirmation. This ancient tradition slowly dissipated in Western Europe and throughout the Americas. Following the Second Vatican Council, the Bishops asked that this ancient tradition be restored, and so following the guidelines of the US Council of Catholic Bishops, children seven years of age and older (the age of reason) participate in RCIA for children, and receive all three sacraments of initiation at the same time at the Easter Vigil Mass.