Whether it’s for a child age 7 or above who has not been baptized or an adult who is seeking full membership in the Church, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process to introduce aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.
RCIA for Children
The RCIA process is adapted and designed for children who have reached the age of reason – but have not been baptized or who have been baptized in another Christian faith tradition – to celebrate initiation into the Church.
At St. Sebastian, the process is intergenerational and includes parents and godparents. In addition to family formation we ask that the child participate in our regular community faith formation either through St. Sebastian School or in the parish’s Faith Formation program.
RCIA for Adults
RCIA for Adults is a process of exploration and discovery for anyone over 18 interested in becoming Catholic. Designed for adults who have never celebrated baptism or who have been baptized in another faith tradition, RCIA also is an excellent return to the Church for adults who were baptized in the Catholic Church but who never were catechized.
Anyone may begin this journey of faith at any time during the year. Participants share their journey of faith during weekly sessions starting in fall and culminating in the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil. After a period of inquiry and basic discover about the faith, the individual may decide to enter the formal process of catechesis, prayer, and initiation into the Church.
Contact Jon Metz, Faith Formation Minister, 414-453-7150 x123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.