Initiating and receiving children of various ages

3 thoughts on “Initiating and receiving children of various ages”

  1. Rita Burns Senseman

    I wanted to add one more thing. Remember to include companions (the baptized Catholic children in the parish) in your ministry with children in the RCIA. The Rite speaks very strongly to the importance of companions in the process of initiation (see nos. 252, 254, 254.1). Indeed, the Rite says that the formation of child catechumens “depends” on the influence of their companions. Plus, including same-age, baptized Catholic companions in your catechumenal sessions helps to address the issue of diversity in ages. When you include companions you have more children within a particular age group.

  2. I agree with Rita about having child companions but I do have a question around that. I know that this questions has been around for a long time but it has been a while since it has been addressed. Is it possible for a child companion to receive the sacraments with their catechumens or candidates. Especially Confirmation? And how should it be addressed if they cannot recieve the Sacrament of Confirmation?

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