What is CIC?
CIC is actually RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults – but is geared specifically for children between the ages of 7 and 17 who have not been baptized or who are baptized but have not received their First Holy Communion. CIC is open to both parishioners and non-parishioners who are in need of preparation for these Sacraments and for reception into the Roman Catholic Church. Whether a family is just entering the church, is returning after time away, has decided as a family to delay the children’s sacramental preparation, or any other circumstance, all are welcome.
While this may seem a wide age range, accommodations are made so that children will be broken up into groups of 2-4 people, with group activities tailored to their age and sacraments.
When do classes meet and what is covered?
Classes meet on an as needed basis. We will focus on the sacraments, faith, community, service, prayer, and basic beliefs and practices during class meetings.
What materials are used?
Our main resources will be a through the series “Image of God.” Many other resources will be used as supplemental materials.
When will children receive the sacraments?
All students who are ready will receive the sacraments at a time set by our Pastor, Fr. Prior.
How do I enroll my child?
Enrollment for CIC occurs throughout the year. It is open enrollment, there is no beginning or end date. Call 315.488.5884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
What is required of a child in CIC?
Regular attendance at mass and CIC gatherings, as well as active participation in discussions and activities. There will also be some activities, such as community service, that will need to be completed outside of the gatherings. Some students will need a sponsor, depending on what sacrament they are preparing for.
Can more than one child from the same family be enrolled in CIC?
Yes! In many cases when a family is joining the church together, there is more than one child involved!! It is highly encouraged to enroll all children at the same time.