Christian Initiation is the process of welcoming individuals into the Catholic Church, the family of God.
Come and See – rCIyp Resource
Come and See is a resource designed to assist parishes in supporting young people who wish to discover what Jesus and the Christian faith might bring to their lives.
Following the same four stages of the rCIa journey undertaken by adults, the process is designed to help young people find and unwrap the gifts of spirituality and faith within them. Reception of the Sacraments of Initiation is the climax of the journey which aims to nurture life-long missionary disciples; people committed to living out their faith within the Catholic community.
The Come and See resource includes materials for three general age groups: 9-12 years, 12-15 years and 15-18 years. While all three have similar content, the input and activities are age-appropriate and keeping with the principles of RCIA. (See 242-249) The ages are a guide. Catechist will discern which materials might best suit the young people they are accompanying on the journey.
Who might embark on this journey?
Any young person who wishes to come to know Jesus and is open to the conversion of heart the journey of faith entails, may engage in the process. While some individuals might have prior experience of the Christian faith, possibly having been baptised as an infant, others may have no formal links with or understanding of the Church. The pace and length of the process will therefore vary to meet the needs of the young people.
The Inquiry stage of the journey is especially important for allowing the young people to become comfortable with one another, with the materials and the faith journey process. It also allows the catechists working with them to identify how best to cater for the needs of the young people.
Those interested in embarking on the journey are encouraged to speak to a teacher, or mentor, contact the local parish or the Office of Christian Initiation.
rCIyp Come and See Resources
Designed for use with groups, the Come and See resources facilitate exploration, reflection and conversation. These will open minds and hearts to the Spirit of God within them, to the Word of God in the scriptures and to the presence of God around them. The materials are both comprehensive and flexible.
Use the tab buttons on the side to access materials for the relevant age group. These include:
- Introduction and Framework: general information plus a scope and sequence overview of the steps and content for each stage of the journey.
- Support Materials: which provide full details of resources included in the framework.
- Catechist Notes: Comprehensive notes for each Step of the four stages, plus some activity sheets, scripture passages, links to video clips and songs, information regarding the Rites of Initiation and review sheets.