The Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for Children introduces children and youth in 3rd
grade or higher, who have not received the Sacraments of Baptism and/or Reconciliation/Eucharist and who have had little or no catechesis, to Catholicism and prepares them to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation) and Reconciliation.
Children who are seeking a fuller relationship with God through the Catholic Church are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for children. A celebration of entrance into our Catholic Christian Community occurs during the Easter season after an eight-month process of prayer, study and spiritual formation has prepared them for this celebration.
Sessions are held on Sunday mornings (September to April) from 9:00 to 10:10 AM
in the Elementary and Primary School Buildings. Before sessions on Sunday mornings, a Family Mass is held in Marian Hall of St. Mary’s High School from 8:00 to 8:45 AM. The priests who celebrate this liturgy prepare their homilies with the children in mind. Each of the grade levels host one of these Masses during the school year. Attendance at the 8:00 Mass is optional.
"Crossing a bridge can sometimes be a little scary. Don't be afraid. The bridge you are about to cross is made of very strong materials: the Creed (what we believe), the sacraments (how we worship), moral life (how we should love one another) and prayer (how we talk and listen to God). This bridge is held up by the love of God and held together by the faith of many people--parents, family memebrs, godparents, teachers, priests, nuns, and saints--whose faith acts like steel bolts welded together to reinforce the bridge's strength." Bridges to Faith: Essentials of the Catholic Faith for Children Ages 8-11, Joe Paprocki, D.Min., National Consultant for Faith Formation, Loyola Press