Christian Initiation adapted for children (sometimes referred to as children’s catechumenate) is the process for Unbaptized Children:
Ages 7+ through age 17th
to enter the church fully initiated (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
Goal: The Christian Initiation process is not only about teaching the facts of our Catholic faith, but primarily:
- Fostering a relationship with Jesus Christ
- Expect something to happen and celebrate it in ritual.
- Immerse the children/families in the community
The Chrisitian Initiation adapted for children sessions are held on weekly basis (Starting Sept 13th from 6pm to 8 pm) and are conducted family style – at least one parent must accompany the child(ren) at all sessions.
Christian Initiation process consists of four phases:
- Precatechumenate (Inquiry)
- Period of Catechumenate (At least one Liturgical Year)
- Purification and Enlightenment (during Lent)
- Mystagogy (Post Easter Vigil through Pentecost, and through following Easter)
- If not already done, submit an “Christian Initiation adapted for children Interest form” below
- Fill out an Child/Teen Christian Initiation Registration Form or Formato para Ninos Iniciacion and email back to [email protected]
- Fill out the Parents' Active Participation Form (Read & Sign) or Formato Partic Padres Familia (Leer y firmar) and email back to [email protected]
- Provide a copy of child birth certificate and email back to [email protected]
- Subscribe to Formed.org (Instructions)
- Download and install Ascension Press Bible & Catechism App
- Review the Catechism References from “Role of the Family” below
The Role of the Family
The Christian initiation team at this parish is here to guide, teach, and support you and your child(ren) as members of your family prepare for the sacraments.
It is essential to keep in mind the Church has always considered "Parents are the principal and first educators of their children." CCC 1653 in the work of forming thier childrens faith.
The role of parents in thier children's spiritual formation is therefore of critical importance. The work of this parish's Christian initation team is to assist you, not to replace you.
As part of this process we ask you to read a brief section of the Catchism of the Catholic Church para 2196-2233. You can find the links below
Christian Initiation Adapted For Children & Teens Information
PERIOD OF PRECATECHUMENATE
Catechumenate (At least one Liturgical Year) after Rite of Acceptance
DISMISSALS with Breaking Open the Word
When the children enter the Catechumenate, they will begin attending the 9:15 Mass for the Rite of Dismissal and “breaking open” the Word.
The Dismissals for children will begin following the Rite of Acceptance.. The family attends Mass. Children sit with their family and are dismissed after the homily. Parents join children at end of Mass. Weekly Instruction will occur based on normal schedule.
Ends with Rite of Election
Children preparing for the Rite of Election or their parents need to choose one or two godparents. Sponsor (parent) is expected to attend the Rite of Election, and the godparent(s) at the celebration of the sacraments of initatiation at the Easter Vigil.
Rite of Election for children will be celebrated during Lent
The RCIA allows for a separate Rite for the children focused on the children for richer meaning.
Rite of Election Ceremony Outline: celebrated with the Bishop
- Presentation of the Catechumens
- Affirmation by the parents, godparents and assembly
- Invitation and Enrollment of Names
- Act of admission or Election
- Recognition of the godparents
Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
EASTER VIGIL CEREMONY: (Holy Saturday) & Preparation Rites
Full Initiation: Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist
Outline of Celebration of Sacraments:
- Invitation to Prayer
- Celebration of Baptism
- Profession of Faith
- Celebration of Confirmation
- Liturgy of the Eucharist
- A period of post-baptismal catechesis is provided to assist the young neophytes (newly initiated)
- The children gather together during their class sessions to discuss their experience of the Easter Vigil.
- Catechesis and preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will happen during this period.
- Children are to continue their ongoing faith formation by attending Religious Education classes each year.