Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
(RCIA) is the Church’s four-period process for evangelizing, catechizing and initiating adults and children (age 7 and beyond) into Christ and the Church. The process culminates in Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. Those already baptized in another Christian tradition are not re-baptized, but make a profession of faith prior to their Confirmation and First Communion.
To begin the preparation process and reserve your date, please call the Parish Office.
First Sacrament Preparations
First Sacrament preparations include a parent workshop, home activities, catechesis, candidate-sponsor activities and Christian service. Parents, as primary educators of their children, assume the major role in preparing their children for the sacraments.
Baptism Preparation for infants and children up to age six involves participation of prospective parents in a one-session program prior to the baby’s birth or before the Baptism. The session includes reflection on the privilege of Christian parenting, the theology of Baptism and the components of the Rite of Baptism. Contact the Mission and Evangelization Coordinator to schedule the workshop and the Baptism, which occurs within one of the parish weekend liturgies.
will be celebrated with children who have achieved the age of reason (7 years) at the parish Advent communal Reconciliation service. Primary formation for this sacrament occurs at home, supplemented with instruction at Our Lady of Grace School or through catechesis at the parish.
- The parish celebration occurs on the first Sunday in May at the 11:00 a.m. parish liturgy. Subsequent to the celebration of First Penance, children are prepared through home and parish activities and through catechesis at Our Lady of Grace School or at the parish.
- In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, baptized Catholic youth who are at least twelve years of age may celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation after the prescribed period of catechesis at the Catholic school or parish, and parish activities including sessions with qualified sponsors, apostolic service, prayer and retreat. In 2016, Little Flower Confirmandi will celebrate Confirmation with Bishop Binzer at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral on April 5 at 7:00 p.m.