RCIY (Rite of Christian Initiation of Youth) is for youth between the ages of 7 and 13 who have completed 2nd grade or are in 2nd grade and have NOT attended Religious Education in the last year whether baptized or un-baptized. Youth preparing to join the Catholic Church through Baptism and/or to celebrate the Sacraments will attend RCIY classes on a regular basis with a parent or guardian.
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. 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.
The RCIY team not only includes the teacher and the young people but the parents, and/ or guardians. It is vital that a parent or guardian be present at all the RCIY classes with their young person. Please be sure that your young person attends class on a regular basis, reviews his or her class materials at home, learns prayers, becomes familiar with the Bible, and experiences a Catholic environment in the home.
If your young person misses a class it will be your responsibility to review that material at home so when they return to the next class he or she will not be behind. The classes are structured so that each lesson leads to the next lesson. Parent involvement is very important and the class is designed for parent participation encouraging family catechesis (RCIA Intro#90).
Every young person in RCIY will need a Sponsor. The sponsor will be someone, who will support the young person in his or her Catholic journey. The sponsor must be a Baptized and Confirmed Catholic and is over the age of 16. If the sponsor is married she/he must be married in the Catholic Church and in good standings with the Catholic Church. The sponsor will be required to fill out a sponsor covenant form. Every young person in RCIY will need to choose a SAINT NAME, so please begin thinking about and researching with your young person a Saint name.
Young people who are preparing to be baptized will celebrate baptized, First Holy Communion and Confirmation with the parish priest. Young people who are already baptized will celebrate First Holy Communion and Confirmation with the Bishop of the Diocese when the Bishop is scheduled to visit the Church.
The journey of faith will be celebrated during the beautiful Easter Season.