St. Teresa's community welcomes families whose children are aged seven or older and who have not been baptized, or who were baptized non-Catholic and wish to become Catholic. The formation process that these children enter into is called the “R.C.I.A. adapted for children”. A shortened name for this is the Children’s Catechumenate.
Our parish has a wonderful reputation for supporting and educating adults who wish to become Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.). In much the same way, the children and their families in the Children’s Catechumenate experience that same support. After an appropriate preparation time and when the children are ready, they are fully initiated into the Catholic Christian faith just like the adults in the R.C.I.A.: they are baptized, confirmed, and receive first Eucharist all during the same liturgy, usually during the Easter Vigil.
The formation for these children is a year-round process, so a family may enroll a child at any time. The current structure of our parish program is a family model. This allows parents to be directly involved in the preparation of their children for the Sacraments of Initiation.
For more information regarding the baptism of children aged 7 or older, please contact the Children's Catechumenate coordinator, Terri Domitrovich, at 882-2130 x112. What a privilege and a joy it is to accompany the children and their families into a new life of faith!