The Rite of Christian Initiation of Youth: The
Rite of Christian Initiation of Youth (RCIY), based on the model used
in RCIA, is a two year process that prepares high school students to
receive the fullness of the Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. In
RCIY, we work to establish a community support system for and with our
high school candidates to help them have a greater sense of belonging to
the Parish community. The RCIY process calls our youth to make a
greater commitment to their Catholic faith and helps them know their own
talents and gifts for the spread of God’s Kingdom. We encourage the
students to be active members of the parish and to engage in Christian
Service projects. We attempt to deepen their understanding of the
doctrines and teachings of the Catholic Church as well as the
application of these doctrines and teachings in their daily lives.
First year Candidates concentrate on
self-image, self-esteem, values, the image of God and relationships.
Second year candidates concentrate on doctrinal concepts, the Gospel
message, and service of our parish and community. We have approximately
160 candidates in the program, 30 adult volunteers, 160 sponsors, and at
least 100 parents who volunteer their time to help. Parents are also
included in some general sessions and all liturgies.
The Confirmation team is mostly made up of
experienced catechists. Any training needed so far has taken place at
regularly scheduled team meetings. Workshop information is provided when
available but it is not required that they attend. Team meetings are
normally held once a month.
Team members need to have a desire and
ability to communicate well with young people. They must have a basic
understanding of Catholic doctrine and teaching and be practicing
Catholics who will be fine role models for our young people. We welcome
2016-2017 Session is now closed.
Contact: Joy Jones 548-6535, ext. 317