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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

A process designed to help adults who wish to be baptized in the Catholic faith, and baptized adults who desire to receive Eucharist or Confirmation in the Catholic Church to experience Catholic faith life through study and support. The group meets throughout the year and are received into the church during the Easter Vigil.


Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)

 

Let the children come to me ... for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  (Mt 19:13-14)

What is RCIC?

At St. Anthony Mary Claret Roman Catholic Parish, RCIC stands for the process involving “Christian Initiation of Children Who Have Reached Catechetical Age.”  RCIC utilizes the same process as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), but with adaptations for children.

Through the RCIC process, un-baptized children (or children who have been baptized into a non-Catholic Christian faith)—who are old enough to have attained the use of reason—prepare to receive the sacraments of initiation and enter the Catholic Church.  They seek Christian initiation either at the direction of their parents or guardians or, with parental permission, on their own initiative.

RCIC involves both children and their parents.  It is a three-year process, marked by several stages and liturgical rites, including a period of evangelization, the liturgical rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens (or Welcoming for Candidates), a period of comprehensive catechesis, the Rite of Election, a period of purification and enlightenment including the Penitential Rites or Scrutinies, the celebration of the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, and finally a period of post-baptismal catechesis or Mystagogy. 

RCIC is open to both parishioners and non-parishioners (with letter from home parish) who are in need of sacramental preparation and for reception into the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. 

Whether your family is just entering the Church, is returning after time away, have decided as a family to delay your children’s sacramental preparation, or any other circumstance, all are welcome.

 

RCIC FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Who is RCIC for?  Older children (8-15 yrs) who have never been baptized or who have been baptized in another Christian faith.

What sacraments will children receive?  The Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist, or, after making a Profession of Faith, Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist.  Children will also receive 1st Reconciliation (Confession).

How long is the RCIC process at St. Anthony Claret?  Three years, receiving all sacraments in their 3rd year.

When do classes meet?  Classes follow the Religious Education calendar and meet Sundays at 1:30-2:30pm the first two years; Saturdays starting at 5pm Mass-7pm the third (final) year. 

When can my child start and how much does it cost?  Classes form every fall and follow the same annual fee schedule as Religious Education: $35/1 child, $65/2 children, $75 max per family.

How do I enroll my child?  Registration for returning RCIC students occurs simultaneously with enrollment for Religious Education. Parents may register new students by appointment only.  Contact the parish office to receive an RCIC Inquiry Form and to make an appointment.

What is required of a child in RCIC?  Regular attendance at Sunday (Sat. vigil) Mass, active participation in weekly classes, and attendance at all retreats and rites. There may also be some activities, such as community service, that will need to be completed outside of class.

What is required of a parent in RCIC?  Regular attendance at Sunday (Sat. vigil) Mass and all retreats and rites, as well as active participation in conferences during the first year, and catechetical classes during the second year.   Additionally, parents and godparents must take baptismal classes, either at St. Anthony Claret or their own parish.

Can more than one child from the same family be enrolled in RCIC?  Yes! In many cases when a family is joining the church together, there is more than one child involved!! It’s highly encouraged for all children to be enrolled at the same time.

Still didn’t answer your question?  Contact the parish Office of Christian Initiation by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call: 210-688-9033 ext. 204.