Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) is a program that prepares minors who have reached the age of reason (6-7 years old) for membership in the Catholic Church. We become members of the Catholic Church through the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.
The Sacraments of Initiation are the beginning of a life with Jesus Christ, a relationship of love with God. As such, they should be approached with good intent and serious desire. Just as Jesus "increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man" (Luke 2.52), candidates for the Sacraments of Initiation will continue to grow in understanding and love throughout their lives. These Sacraments give us the grace necessary to choose God every day.
By Baptism, God makes us part of His family and sets us apart for holiness. This Sacrament marks a serious commitment to choose the good and reject evil and should not be approached lightly.
By Confirmation, God gives us the strength and wisdom to choose God's love over our own self-love every day. This Sacrament seals us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and awe of the Lord) so that we may see the fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in our lives.
By the Eucharist, God makes us flesh of His Flesh and blood of His Blood. By receiving this Sacrament worthily, we are transformed into Christ.
Since these Sacraments constitute a serious life commitment, the request to receive the Sacraments should be the fruit of prayerful discernment, study, and a desire to receive God's grace as an aid to living a holy life. It is important to avoid certain mentalities when requesting them.
One should not approach the Sacraments lightly or ignorantly. The Sacraments should not be approached with a "graduation" mentality that sees initiation into the Church as something earned or a prize at the end of a journey. The Sacraments should also not be approached with the mentality that they are "supposed to be" received at a particular age.
The Lord promises to give those who bring an intention to love truth, goodness, and beauty to the Sacraments help on the journey to Heaven, and we believe that the Sacraments really do provide this help to individual souls. While we will expect a right knowledge of and desire for the Sacraments in all candidates, then, we will not assume that candidates for the Sacraments will know and understand the mystery of the Sacraments beyond their present age and maturity level.
The candidates will receive intellectual and volitional formation (formation in knowledge and in will) during their Faith Formation classes. All candidates for the Sacraments of Initiation are expected to be active members of the Children's Faith Formation program, the High School Youth Ministry, or a similar home-study program. Prior to receiving the Sacraments, all candidates will go through a period of prayer in a retreat format to spiritually prepare themselves to receive God's grace.
Preparation for the Individual Sacraments
Candidates will be prepared for each of the Sacraments separately.
Please note that all candidates for the Sacraments are expected to be active students in the Children's Faith Formation program or High School Ministry program. There are two different registration forms for the CFF program and the Sacraments of Initiation preparation program. All candidates must have been in the program for at least one year before receiving the Sacraments.
Please see the pages for the individual Sacrament your child desires for more information:
Registration forms can be filled out online here or downloaded and printed out here. Only one form need be submitted per candidate. Please note that registration is restricted to registered members of St. Pius Parish.
Please contact Michael So at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650.361.1411 x 113 for more information.