RCIA Resources

Rite of Christian Initiation of Youth (RCIY)

A spirited journey for children welcoming them into the Roman Catholic Church.

We believe that children are persons who are capable of a journey of conversion that leads to a deeper relationship with the living God. Children come to develop a relationship with God, how God's word touches them, how stories and symbols carry meaning for children, how family is central for children and how deeply spiritual children are.

We adapt the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) to find new challenges, special issues and attempt to provide solid, practical approaches to dealing with children.

There are four phases to RCIY (with various Rites):

Phase One: The Period of Inquiry known as the Pre-Catechumenate
(Rite of Acceptance, for those unbaptized)

Phase Two: Catechumenate
A time to learn how to live as a Catholic through Mass dismissals to break open the Scriptures

Phase Three: Purification and Enlightenment
(Rite of Election)

Phase Four: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist)

For more information, please call our Director of Religious Education, Barb Antoskiewicz at the Parish Office at 708-895-6700.


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