Youth 7 years old through 17 years who have not been baptized are invited to enter the RCIA for Children (RCIC) process. RCIA stands for the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" and is a process of conversion for unbaptized adults wishing to enter the Church. RCIA adapted for Children prepares the child to celebrate all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) during the Easter season. This is a two year process and is a combination of age-appropriate religious education, sacramental preparation and rites of the catechumenate. All children are interviewed prior to entering into the process.
CONTACT SARA FONTANA at 281-333-3891 ext 339
to set up an interview for your child or teen.
Year 1: Inquiry & Catechumenate Stages - This year of inquiry and catechesis consists of Sunday Catechetical Sessions as well as a Breaking Open the Word session during Mass.
Year 2: Catechumenate Stage Continued, Purification and Preparation Stage & Initiation - In this second year the child participates in a regular CCE class on either Monday or Wednesday and also continues to participate in Breaking Open the Word on Sunday. Also, the child catechumen and their family participate in a mini retreats. During the Easter season the child celebrates the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Rite of Initiation Mass.
Following Years: Mystagogy - Initiation into the Catholic Church is just the beginning of a child's life in Christ. After reception into the Church at Easter, the Mystagogy stage lets the child reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments that they now participate in fully. Because they are fully initiated at a young age, it is especially important that newly initiated children continue their religious educaiton (CCE Classes) through high school even though they have celebrated all three sacraments.