OCIA (Order of Christian Initiation of Adults) as adapted for Children

Children 7 years of age and older

St. Catherine of Siena Church welcomes children of catechetical age, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic community.  The Church prepares older children and adults for all three sacraments of initiation:  Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist through the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Those children who have never been baptized will participate in the OCIA process adapted for children and celebrate their sacraments at the Easter Vigil. 

“Since children who have reached the use of reason are considered for purposes of Christian Initiation, to be adults (canon 852:1), their formation should follow the general pattern of the ordinary catechumenate as far as possible, with the appropriate adaptations permitted by the ritual.  They should receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, together with older catechumens.” Order of Christian Initiation of Adults.
OCIA is a special journey for children ages: 7-17 which brings them into full communion with Jesus.  Please contact Mrs. Rosalynn if your family would like to participate in this ministry or participate in the process.

for more information please contact, Ms. Fernandez


Periods of the OCIA Process

Period of Inquiry/Evangelization: This is a time, of no fixed duration or structure, for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values, an opportunity for the beginnings of Faith.  St. Catherine’s offers a year-long inquiry process so that interested parties may inquire at any time throughout the year.

The Period of Catechumenate: Following the Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming the “Catechumen” instruction deepens individual conversion and provides for more in-depth focus on the doctrines of the Catholic faith.

The Period of Purification and Enlightenment: The Rite of Election marks a period of more intense spiritual preparation intended to purify the mind and heart of the “Elect” and to deepen their knowledge of and relationship to Christ. Typically, this period coincides with Lent, but as the OCIA process is year-round, this can happen whenever a catechumen is ready.

The Sacraments of Initiation: The “Elect” are fully initiated into the Church through the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation, traditionally celebrated at the Easter Vigil liturgy.

The Period of Mystagogy: After the completion of their Christian initiation the “Neophyte” (new Catholic) enters a period of deepening of their understanding of their new faith. Their focus during this six-week period is development of their personal spiritual life and introduction into full involvement in the Mission of the Church through ministries and outreach.

Children /Teen Registration

When is OCIA?

  • OCIA (English) – Tuesday- 6:00 pm -7:30 pm
    Siena Parish Center

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