Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for Children and Youth
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) adapted for Children and Youth serves the needs of young people between the ages of seven and seventeen who:
Have not been baptized
Have been baptized into a non-Catholic Christian faith tradition and wish to become Catholic
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process for those who wish to inquire about and/or join the Catholic Church. Preparation for becoming Catholic and sacramental initiation into the Catholic faith (celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are part of the RCIA process. The primary goal of the RCIA faith journey is faith, conversion to Christ, and discipleship (in the context of the Catholic Christian community). For those not yet baptized, it is ideally a one year process, or longer.
For children/youth, the RCIA process is adapted to accommodate their age and developmental level. Members of the St. Stephen’s community walk with the young people as companions and sponsors. Children/youth, parents, and sponsors attend sessions together and often worship together. During their time in the RCIA children and youth reflect together on the Sunday scripture readings, grow in understanding of Catholic beliefs and practices, share and listen to faith stories, and recognize their call to the Catholic faith community. The process involves formation in the Gospel teachings, as well as Christian service.
Young people baptized Catholic who are older and have not yet prepared for and celebrated the sacraments of Penance/Reconciliation and Eucharist (First Holy Communion) often attend sessions with those in the RCIA to learn their faith and prepare for sacraments.
Your family is welcome to enter into this process at any time of the year. The first step is to contact Pam Havel at 763-712-7437 or > Click here email her. All are Welcome!