The Children's Catechumenate program is designed for children who have reached the age of reason (deemed to be about the age of 7). It is for children who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism. Due to their age, and lack of the Sacrament of Baptism, according to Canon Law they are to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation). This is a two year process that is based on the RCIA model. If your child is missing any sacraments, please call to inquire if this program is for them. Again, this is a process of gradual formation and preparation for initiation into the church community, and it will involve the whole family.
*Parents must attend a preparatory class. The child’s name is not to be foreign to Christian sentiment (Canon 855). At least one parent must be a registered parishioner, active and practicing with the hope that the parent(s) will bring the child up in the Catholic Religion (Canon 868.1.2). If not, the parent(s) must have some family connection or history with the parish. There must be at least one godparent (sponsor); however, there may be two. They must be active, practicing Catholics. The sponsor(s) must be fully initiated (made their First Holy Communion and was Confirmed) and not less than 16 years of age – unless there is a just reason for the age. If there is only one godparent, this may be male or female. If two, then they must be male and female. In the case of only one godparent (sponsor), a baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted… simply as a witness to the baptism (Canon 874).