Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process in which adult men and women become part of the Catholic Church. Through its witness, worship, service and catechesis, the whole parish community offers the invitation and support necessary for men and women to be welcomed as members of the community.
Adults who are not yet baptized are accepted into the process as catechumens and prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at Easter each year.
Those already baptized in another Christian tradition are welcomed as candidates for full communion and prepare to be received into the Catholic Church at a suitable time.
A team of catechists and sponsors, led by the director of the process, journeys with the catechumens and candidates for a number of months, meeting weekly.
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Rite of Christian Initiation
Adapted for Children
Children who have reached the age of reason (seven years) and are of catechetical age who wish to be baptized are to be prepared through a program called "The Rite of Christian Initiation Adapted for Children." In keeping with this Rite, they are to be prepared to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion, which are celebrated at the same celebration.
Children of catechetical age who have been baptized in another church or Christian ecclesial community who desire to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church are to participate in a program similar to that provided by the parish for children of catechetical age preparing for full initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist).
Parents or legal guardians will be involved in the preparation of their children, which includes a combination of gatherings at Springbank Catholic and activities to complete at home.