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RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) is the process through which older children are prepared to celebrate the sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and be welcomed into the Catholic Church. It is also designed for those who were Baptised as babies but have not received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. It is the process of initiation the Church asks us to use and is modelled on the RCIA ( or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).
The RCIC is primarily intended for children not Baptised as infants, who have attained the use of reason and are of catechetical age. The Church understands 'catechetical age' to be at the age of reason, on or about 7 years old.
The RCIC process is also for those children, Baptised as infants in the Catholic Church or another Christian community, who have not been catechised and desire to celebrate the sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation and be received into the Catholic Church. Whether your family is just entering the church or is returning after time away, all are welcome.
WHAT DOES THE RCIC INVOLVE?
The children and families who choose to participate in the RCIC will form a community of disciples as they grow in relationship with Jesus and with the Church. Together, the children and families are introduced to the life of faith in the Church and the meaning of the celebration of the sacraments. The children and families will form a bond with their catechists (teachers) and members of the parish, including the priest and other members of the pastoral life of the local Church community.
If you're interested to know more about RCIC, please contact: Fr Jaybee, Fr Gerome or ring the Parish Office at (08) 9752 1687.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)