RCIA Adapted for Children


Who belongs in RCIA adapted for Children?

  • Unbaptized children (over the age of 7) or teens (catechumens)
  • Baptized but uncatechized children who have little understanding of God or church (candidate)
  • Children baptized in another Christian faith (candidate)
  • Parents (optional)- It is very important to directly include parents

Articles about RCIA Adapted for Children

Six Proven Ways to Improve your Children’s RCIA – by TEAM RCIA

Program Resources for RCIA Adapted for Children

Materials designed specifically for RCIA adapted for children:

  • Young Apprentices Published by RCL/Benziger – Online subscription with reproducible materials. Includes Catholic doctrine and lectionary reading reflections for dismissal.
  • Friends on the Way – Published by Team RCIA – Downloadable resource that includes a dismissal and a catechetical session based on the weekly readings.
  • Journey of Faith – Published by Liguori (Newly Revised) – Focus on Catholic doctrine but no connection to the weekly reading. Published in English and Spanish and available for multiple age levels including teens.
  • Children of the LightPublished by World Library Publications- Manual includes 25 sessions.  Each session includes faith sharing, church doctrine, and scripture.  Participant materials can be printed from the included CD.

Materials that focus on core Church teachings.:

  • Our Catholic Heritage– Published by RCL Benziger- Level I for elementary aged children and Level II for middle school youth.
  • One Faith, One Lord– Published by Sadlier – Sixteen lessons for middle school/high school youth. Published in English and bilingual Spanish/English.
  • Our Catholic Faith- Published by Sadlier –  Fourteen lessons for middle school youth. Published in English and bilingual Spanish/English.
  • Bridges to Faith– Published by Loyola Press- Designed for children 8-11. Published in English and bilingual Spanish/English.
  • Our Catholic Identity– Published by RCL- Workbooks for grades 1-8.  Published in English and bilingual Spanish/English.

References for RCIA Leaders and Teams:

Guide for Celebrating Christian Initiation with Children, 2017, Liturgy Training Publications