Christian Initiation for Children of Catechetical Age
Full Christian Initiation for Unbaptized Children 7 to 14 Years of Age
When: Sunday Mornings
Session Time: 9:30am - 12:00 Noon
For Unbaptized Children, Age 7-14
Program Tuition: $100
Session Location: Archdiocesan Pastoral Center or Neumann Room
For Parents seeking to raise their currently unbaptized children, age 7-14, in the Catholic Faith, through full Christian Initiation for Children of Catechetical Age.
The Catechetical Sessions are held bimonthly (every other week), on Sunday mornings, from 9:30am - 12:00 noon, with weekly group attendance Mass, after the Rite of Acceptance.
For families with unbaptized youth, age 14 and older, please email or call the Religious Education office, to discuss other options for enrollment.
Upon to Enrollment in the Program, Tuition is $100, per child, for the year.
Program and Session Format
Each of the catechetical sessions run for 120 minutes and incorporate multimodal learning styles for the participants. bimonthly sessions are attended by the children along with a parent or Godparent. After a period of initial inquiry and the celebration of the Rite of Acceptance, participants begin attending Mass together, as a group, in addition to the catechetical sessions. Throughout the program, participants have a variety of opportunities for regular interaction with our Priests, through private celebrations of Liturgical Rites, Celebrations of the Word of God, and attendance at Mass with parents and godparents.
The program incorporates Liturgical Catechesis, using the guidelines established by the Church for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children of Catechetical Age and is supported by the Sadlier, Our Catholic Faith, series, a catch up program, developed for unbaptized children, who have not had the benefit of learning the Catholic Faith, in a traditional instructional model, from their early years.
Liturgical catechesis is centered on the Gospels and Scripture readings and follows the calendar and rhythms of the Catholic Church, throughout the year. The aim of catechesis is to bring children, along with their families, into relationship with Jesus Christ, over the period of formation, culminating in the reception of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, normally at the Easter Vigil. Parents and Godparents as principal role models and teachers of the faith, along with their catechists, support them on their journey to the Sacraments and present them to the Church, when they are ready.
The sessions include Celebrations of the Word of God and articulate how traditions and doctrine of the Catholic Faith, flow from the Word of God. A Catechetical Topic Presentation, based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, relate the Gospels, Scripture and textbook lessons to young people's lives and to contemporary issues and concerns. Faith sharing, applied instruction and learning through various activities, assist the children in learning Catholic Prayers, Preparing for and attending the Mass, as well as the Sacraments of Christian Initiation.