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Rita Burns Senseman, Victoria M. Tufano, Paul Turner

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A new translation of the Order of Christian of Adults has been approved for use in the dioceses of the United States. This product continues to be useful to those involved in Initiation ministry as the vision of Christian initiation has not changed but references to the official text will be updated in subsequent editions. We want you to be aware of this before you purchase this title.

This invaluable resource explores how to celebrate the rites of Christian initiation in ways that are appropriate to children. Not only does the book consider the historical developments of Christian initiation with children but it shows how to prepare children and their families for full participation in the rites. The table that illustrates the periods and steps of the initiation process will be especially beneficial to teams.

As part of the Preparing Parish Worship™ series, this book includes:

  • A historical overview on the development of the initiation of children
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Quotes from Scripture and church documents pertaining to initiation
  • A glossary and suggestions for additional resources
  • Ritually instructive photos

"The reason the Church was given a liturgical rite (RCIA) to prepare people for the sacraments of initiation is the ancient and correct belief that rites form people in the faith. This belief is as true for children as it is for adults. This book should be in the hands of every catechist responsible for preparing children for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. Too often formation for children preparing for sacraments, the RCIA in particular, is a didactic, educational approach that fails to respect the role of the rites of initiation in initiatory formation of adults and children. This resource sets forth a theological framework for the initiation of children--an historical context as well as sound praxis set forth in the rite. From there the catechist is shown how to prepare children and their families for full and active participation in the rites, and how to celebrate them. This is a unique and invaluable resource."
—Mary Birmingham

"I highly recommend this book to all who are involved in celebrating the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children of Catechetical Age. The introductory pages give such a clear description of the historical development of the sacraments which will not only be interesting to those who read them but open their minds to the depth of the decision made at Vatican II to reinstate this treasure to the Church. We have experienced it as the most powerful path for renewal in the local church as well as evangelization of the whole families of our child catechumens."
—Sr. Jeanette Lucinio, SP

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