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RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens

RCITeens is a 3 year program which aims at helping teens become fully initiated Catholics.

This program is for:

  • Children 13 years or older who have not been in or have not attended the standard sequence of religion classes and are in need of Sacraments.
  • Teens who have never been baptized or are from another religious faiths and are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a Catholic.

Small classes meet on Tuesday evenings in Sacred Heart School. Year 1 meets from 5-6 PM, Year 2 meets from 6-7 PM and Year 3 meets from 7-8 PM.

Year 1 is an introductory year, exploring the Roman Catholic Faith, its traditions, practices and beliefs.

Year 2 focuses on Scripture and the Bible, as well as Morality and Theology of the Body. Those already Baptized into the Catholic Faith but need Communion and Confirmation may receive the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time during Year 2.

Year 3 focuses on the Sacraments and their reception.

Catachumens (those not yet baptized) in the 3rd Year will attend a special meeting with the Bishop and attend 3 Sunday Scrutinies with their sponsors and families and then receive all their sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

Candidates (those needing Communion & Confirmation) and Confirmandi (those needing Confirmation only) in the 3rd Year will receive Confirmation (and Communion) with our 8th Year students when the Bishop comes to confer the sacrament.

All RCITeens in the year of the reception of their sacraments will be asked to attend the Confirmation Retreat.

All RCITeens are required to attend class each week, complete all homework assignments, pass mid-term and final exams each year, to attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, to fill out a Mass Reflection Sheet each week, and to complete 20 hours of community service over the 3 years. At the completion of requirements, they will have their Confirmation Interview.

3rd Year RCITeens are required to attend the 7th/8th Grade/Level 9:30 Masses and attend Proximate Preparation Meetings that are held after Mass once a month accompanied by a parent or sponsor. Meetings will be held in November, December, January, February and March. Only ONE absence is allowed. More than one absence from proximate preparation meetings will require the candidate to continue into the next year to attend missed meetings to complete their requirements for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation.



Laura Ciraolo, Director
718-386-5616 | 718-456-9217

Fax: 718-456-0286
Email: [email protected]

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