CrossroadsRCIA has been designed to provide support to parishes and communities in journeying with young people (ages 9 to 16) who wish to explore and develop their faith with a view to receiving the Sacraments of Initiation. These resources accompanies the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The goal for this journey is a conversion of heart.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which is the basis of this document, was designed for adults who, hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully (RCIA 1).

This document, however, is designed specifically for young people across two age groups: 9 to 12 years and 13 to 16 years, and adapts the principles of the RCIA to be age-appropriate for young people. (See RCIA 242–249).

The sessions contained in this document will invite young people to enter into this journey of conversion and faith by developing a relationship with Christ, as the Spirit opens their minds and hearts. This will happen in many ways, through:

  • Prayer
  • Listening to witnesses of the faith and sharing stories
  • Suitable catechesis, supported by celebration of the Word
  • Participation in the liturgical and sacramental life of the parish
  • Participation in the mission of the Church through service
  • Feeling a sense of belonging by developing relationships within the parish

Throughout this journey of faith and conversion, young people will pass through a number of phases, experiencing liturgical rites while focusing on developing a relationship with Christ and the parish community.