Children seeking to join the Catholic Church will attend the fall and spring semesters of the RCIA for Children program. Their journey of faith culminates in the beautiful Easter Vigil Mass when they become members of the Catholic Christian Community. RCIA for Children is for children second grade and older whether baptized or unbaptized. The children attend class each Wednesday from 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm and beginning in late fall are required to attend Sunday mornings as well.
The RCIA for Children program at St. John the Baptist enables children in grades 2 through 10 to enter into a relationship with the living God and share in the life of their identity as Christians. Our goal is to provide a means of conversion constant with the child's age and understanding. Like RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), we strive to instruct the child in his/her faith as a Catholic Christian. Different from the adult process, the conversion of children is a "belonging" process - a process of socialization which is taught as well as learned. Much of the catechesis for children greatly depends on forming and nurturing relationships with other believing children. The RCIA for Children team includes not only the parish teachers, but most importantly, the parents.
The true success of the program depends on the parents. The parents must ensure the child attends all classes, learns his/her prayers, and experiences a Catholic environment at home.
Our Commitment: Spiritual journey of faith for children entering the Catholic faith
What We Do: Guide children in their spiritual journey. Their journey of faith culminates in the beautiful Easter Vigil Mass, when they become members of the Catholic Christian Community. RCIA for Children is for children second grade and older whether baptized or unbaptized.
Time & Training Required: Classes run approximately 4 hours per week.
Helpful Attributes: Teacher/mentors who have a passion for helping children.