The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children

The celebration of the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion are integral parts of what is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).

The current policy of the Diocese is that children should begin the process of initiation into the Church in infancy by being baptised. During their third year in primary school, they should be enrolled in the parish programme of preparation for completing the process of Sacramental initiation.

St Catherine’s

In St Catherine’s, this entails an ongoing series of sessions on Sunday mornings in the parish Hall. During the last term of their fourth year in primary school they will celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion. Sister Mary coordinates this process.


St Gregory’s and St John Vianney’s

In St Gregory’s and St John Vianney’s, children celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in primary three. Then, in primary four, they prepare to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion by following the ‘Do This in Memory of Me’ programme, which includes a monthly parish Mass.

The children are usually prepared in collaboration with St John Vianney’s Primary School. If your child is not at a Catholic school, but you would like them to receive these sacraments, please contact:

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