If you are “really” doing children’s RCIA, then you are doing a precatechumenate that is different in design and purpose from the period of the catechumenate.
The RCIA includes a collection of simple but powerful rituals that, when done well, add tremendous depth and reverence to the period of the catechumenate.
Including same age peer companions is a must in the children’s RCIA process (RCIA, nos. 252, 254). Here are five ways you can connect children in the RCIA with the baptized kids in the parish.
Another way to include companions is to be sure that at least some of the children’s companions are present at the rites. Companions are mentioned in the Rite of Acceptance (no. 269), although they do not have a specific role within the Rite.
Another way to improve your children’s RCIA is to improve the way you discern the children’s readiness for the Rite of Acceptance and the Rite of Election.
The more children and families we have at the Easter Vigil, celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation with children in the RCIA, the richer and better our celebrations will be.
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