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:

  1. Young Apprentices Published by RCL/Benziger – Online subscription with reproducible materials. Includes Catholic doctrine and lectionary reading reflections for dismissal.
  2. Friends on the Way – Published by Team RCIA – Downloadable resource that includes a dismissal and a catechetical session based on the weekly readings.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.:

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