Rite of Christian Initiation
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children provides instruction and preparation for baptism and for the confirmation of youths who did not received the Sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation and first Holy Communion) at the usual ages.
Although Catholic children are usually baptized shortly after birth and receive first Holy Communion around the age of seven, there are situations where a child did not receive this Sacraments at the usual times. Prior to the age of seven parents can simply present their child for baptism. But when a child over the age of seven was not baptized as an infant, he or she must be instructed in the faith prior to baptism.
A baptized young person who was not confirmed at the usual time (grade seven in the Archdiocese of Vancouver) may also participate in the RCIC although older teenagers may want to join the adult program (RCIA).
The RCIC is linked, where appropiate, to the Parish Religious Education Program for children not attending a Catholic school and to the religious instruction in Catholic schools.
RCIC instruction currently takes place on Saturday mornings and the rites associated with it are celebrated on the Sundays of Lent culminating at the Easter Vigil.