RCiy (Rite of Christian initiation for youth (children)
RCIY also known as children catechumenate. This program is for Children over the age of 7 or older who have not been baptized. The first part of the program is a period of inquiry during which the families meet in an informal setting to discuss what it means to be baptized in the faith, to have their questions answered, and to decide if this is what they want to do. The second part is a series of more formal classes where the children learn the basic tenets of the Catholic faith and prepare for baptism, First Eucharist and confirmation during the Easter Vigil.
The RCIY program is a two year program beginning in September and continuing through the Easter Season, with holiday breaks. Each family comes into the RCIY program with different needs. The young people will be of various ages and have had various levels of previous instruction and faith formation. Taking into consideration the young people’s ages and levels of maturity, our goal is to provide a basic understanding of what it means to know and love God, and how to live out their lives within His guidelines. They will learn about what it means to become a Catholic Christian. The RCIY program enables young people to enter into a relationship with God and share in the life of their identity as Children of God. The importance of weekly Mass is imperative. Class sessions begin with the attendance of the 9 am mass on Sunday. Understanding the parts of the Mass and how to use the Holy Bible will be covered early in the curriculum and should be reviewed by parents/guardians.
9 am- 10:45 am
Director of Religious Education