The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, adapted for Children
More and more in today’s world, children are growing up without sacraments. Sometimes parents have been brought up in the Catholic Church but for a variety of reasons have not followed through with the spiritual care of their children. Sometimes a child may have Baptism but not Reconciliation or Holy Eucharist. For these reasons a child under First Communion age who needs sacraments is placed in a multi-year program of our Faith Formation Department. After receiving catechesis, the child is first accepted as a Catechumen and is later baptized in conjunction with First Communion and Confirmation.
“Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ. (1275) All the sacraments, and principally those of Christian initiation, have as their goal the last Passover of the child of God which, through death, leads him into the life of the Kingdom. Then what he confessed in faith and hope will be fulfilled: ‘I looked for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.” (1680)
For more information about our program and how your child might participate in it please contact Ginny Martin (714.544.8339) or Rebeca Trujillo (Spanish: 714.838.4466) at the parish Faith Formation Office.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Diocese of Orange is now the 10th largest Catholic diocese in the United States. In Orange County we account for almost 41% of the population. The last few years on an average of 15,000 new Catholics enter the Church of Orange each year.
There are many people who have grown up without family religion and now are seeking a home to worship God. There are many people who have been brought up in a Christian community but now desire the fullness of Christian faith to be found in the Catholic Church. There are some who have lived in a religion non-Christian and now seek to love and adore the Holy Trinity as He is loved and known in the Catholic Church. All of these people are searching for the Truth and have been touched by faith. St Cecilia’s hopes to be that place where faith and the Truth will be nourished and received.
The process for the Initiation of Adults formally begins in the fall and is concluded at the Easter Vigil. Classes are provided Monday nights beginning at 7pm in the parish modular. Classes cover the essential truths of the Catholic faith and provide the catechetical formation necessary for the reception into the Catholic Church. For more information please contact Ginny Martin at 714.544.8339