Rite of Christian Initiation of Children

What is RCIA for Children?

RCIA for Children (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) is for children between the Ages of 7 and 14, and who have completed 2nd grade, whether baptized or unbaptized. Children preparing to receive the Sacraments they have missed since Baptism, or to join the Catholic Church through Baptism, will attend RCIA classes on a regular basis. Each family comes into the RCIA program with different needs. The children will be of various ages and have had different levels of previous instruction. Children and parents are asked to meet with Fr. Albert in order to evaluate the specific needs of each child. Taking into consideration the children’s ages and levels of maturity, the 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 and to be a Catholic Christian. The RCIA program enables children to enter into a relationship with God and share in the life of their identity as Children of God.


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Every circumstance and family is unique, and that remains especially true when discussing the RCIA for Children (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) process. For those looking to bring their children into the Catholic Tradition there are a few questions to ask before knowing if RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) is right for your family.



  1. Is your child under the “age of reason” (7 years of age/1st-2nd grade)? If yes, then your child is likely eligible to receive the Sacraments in the normal process. Please contact Cindy McKinley for more information about the Sacraments of Initiation. You can visit the Children’s Formation Page as well for more information.
  2. Is your child over the “age of reason” and not yet received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Eucharist and/or Confirmation? If yes, RCIA for Children likely applies to your family.

To learn more about the RCIA for Children process and how it can fit for your family, please contact Fr. Albert Anover in the Parish Office at aanover@stalbert.org or call 502-425-3940 ext. 109.