Why we need to stop RCIC

8 thoughts on “Why we need to stop RCIC”

  1. Nick, thanks for the great article! Here’s the acronym for my diocese: CICCA, pronounced “chicka”, and stands for Christian Initiation for Children of Catechetical Age. While I’ve asked it be no longer used, it’s taking a while to disappear. I will share your humorous approach.

  2. Hi Catherine. I’ve also seen RCIYP (“young people”), which always made me wonder if there should be an RCIOP (“old people”).

  3. Barbara Forde

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I have been noticing this term used by many parishes within many dioceses. Recently I had a conversation with someone and reiterated some of the same things you mentioned above. Thanks for making more of us aware of this.

  4. Tish Scargill

    Amen brother! The RCIA adapted for children is never a process just for the children, but rather for the family. Parents/guardians need the catechesis as well and that becomes a further argument not to water down the adaptions too much.

  5. In my parish, I advertise and call it: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (as adapted for children) and RCIA (as adapted for youth).
    I hold a separate session for youth grades 7-12 at the same time as Religious Education and the youth attend all the Rites and dismissal with adults. Children grades 2-6 attend RE Sessions with their grade level, and the children also attend all the rites with the adults and youth. I also offer required family sessions to additionally catechize the parents or guardians of the children and youth. The children do attend a separate dismissal session at Mass that is more geared to their ages. Rites are offered at both the English and Spanish Masses and dismissal sessions are rotated between different English Masses from week to week. This way, the catechumens witness to the entire parish that RCIA is for all! It’s working so far, even though it’s a lot of organizing and planning!

  6. Hi Michele. I think your emphasis on working with the entire family is terrific! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this ministry.

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