Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children is adapted from the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is meant for children ages 7 through 17 who have not been baptized and are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church. After receiving the sacraments, all children continue with religious instruction at their grade level.
Please contact the Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation at 410-923-6953 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
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.
Our Lady of the Fields 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.