Rite of Christian Initiation for Children

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children is adapted from the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is meant for children between the ages of seven and seventeen who have not been baptized and are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church. After reception of the sacraments, all children continue with religious instruction at their grade level. Please contact the Faith Formation office for more information.

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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church’s guide for forming and welcoming those who wish to be initiated into the Catholic Church. The process, called the “catechumenate,” is modeled on that practiced in the early Church. It’s “an apprenticeship of the entire Christian life” (General Directory for Catechesis, #67), a journey that involves conversion, reflection on Scripture, formation in the gospel way of life and integration into the community—its prayer, relationships and outreach. —J McKamey.

OLF offers a year-round process and accepts inquirers at any time. RCIA is for: those who are not baptized; those who were baptized into another Christian denomination; and those baptized Catholics who were not instructed in the Catholic faith and have not completed their Christian initiation through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Brochures explaining the process can be found in the breezeway.

The Inquiry is for those interested in learning about Christ and the faith. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month in Room 204 from 6:30-8:00pm during the Summer, then weekly from September-June.

The Catechumenate is for those individuals seeking to become a part of the Catholic faith. During this phase, the catechumen and candidate study the faith in a more intentional manner, explore the church’s worship and prayer life, developing community and embrace service. This group meets on Tuesdays, in Room 203 from 6:30-8:00pm from September-early June.

Once a person discerns a desire for the celebration of the Sacraments, s/he enters into the Purification and Enlightenment phases (usually during Lent). There are several rites celebrated during this time: Rite of Sending from the Parish to the Bishop, Rite of Sending with the Bishop, three Scrutiny rites and presentations of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer. This period culminates in the celebration of the Sacrament of Initiation at Easter Vigil, Pentecost or at other times of the year determined by the US Bishops Conference.

The last phase that is experienced is the period of Mystagogy. In this stage, the neophyte ponders what has been celebrated in the Sacraments and how these treasures help them to delve more deeply into the Paschal Mystery and how to live one’s faith in the world.

If you are interested in exploring the Catholic Faith or know of someone please call Dr. Tom Little, Pastoral Associate for Evangelization & Faith Formation, 410-923-7060. We look forward to hearing from you.