What does RCIC stand for in the Catholic Church?
RCIC refers to the “Rite of Christian Initiation for Children.” RCIC is the process for children to be baptized and enter the Catholic Church who have not been baptized as an infant but are now at the age of reason and know right from wrong and can thus commit actual sins. Code of Canon Law (Age of Reason) 97-2.
Why should children be baptized?
Baptism is the life-giving Sacrament instituted by our Lord to remove original sin from our souls. It is the means by which we become members of God’s Church and are incorporated into His Mystical Body. Baptism is necessary for salvation, so we should never delay in having our children baptized. However, circumstances occur that prevent children from being baptized as infants so the RCIC is how these children can receive the life-giving Sacrament of Baptism.
What age groups attend RCIC Classes?
Children between the ages of 6 and 16 take part in RCIC classes to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion which will allow them to become full members of the Catholic Church. They will also prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The RCIC Preparation process is a two year process.
Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion will be received at the Easter Vigil Mass and First Reconciliation will be received about a month later.
There is an expectation that children will attend a regularly scheduled Preparation Class, including interested St. Mary’s Academy families, at the parish and it will also be the expectation that families will regularly attend Sunday Mass, or Saturday Vigil Mass, weekly together.
Children who are in high school seeking to join the Catholic Church and are older than 16, will take part in our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes.
Children under the age of 7, who are below the age of reason, will be baptized in the usual way and will receive only the Sacrament of Baptism. Parents and Godparents will be expected to attend a Baptism class because they will be taking the responsibility for raising the child within the Catholic Faith. All other Sacraments will be received at the age appropriate times.
If you are interested in obtaining more information concerning the RCIC process please feel free to contact our office Monday through Thursday from 9:30am-2:30pm