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RCIA for children is a process that invites children ages 8-14, interested in exploring the Catholic Faith, to discover the truths of the church in Scripture, which is referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is open to non-baptized children, children baptized in another faith, and children who may be baptized, but not practice their faith regularly. The sessions are in a comfortable environment with their parent(s) and other families.
The process covers four periods presented, by a team of catechists (teachers):
The Pre-catechumenate (Period 1)
It’s a time of welcome and inquiry. All questions about the faith are encouraged and discussed.
The Catechumenate (Period 2)
This period examines more church teaching through Scripture and Tradition, whereby, the children are led to a conversion of heart and a commitment to follow Jesus in the Catholic Church.
Purification and Enlightenment (Period 3)
This is time of prayer and reflection and learning the value of the Sacraments, particularly Reconciliation and Eucharist. When child is ready, he/she will receive the sacraments of Intiation into the Church.
Mystagogy period (Period 4)
This is an important time to experience a deepening of faith and an awakening to the spiritual gifts of the Spirit of Pentecost.