What is KidCat?
The Catholic Church welcomes children into the Faith through the same process it uses to welcome adults, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). At Prince of Peace, we call it KidCat. This process marks the beginning of a life long journey of learning about our Catholic Faith and deepening the relationship with Christ. The seeds will be planted, but children will continue to grow in faith and love through family guidance, our parish community and the Holy Spirit.
What are the goals?
Kid Cat is about awakening and sustaining a relationship with Jesus that can be celebrated and deepened. We learn about the Catholic faith by:
- Introducing children into parish life
- Exploring the ways that Christ is present in people's lives
- Introducing various forms of prayer and encouraging a life of prayer
- Celebrating the Rites
- Studying the Scriptures
- Entering the community's life of prayer and service
Who is it for?
KidCat is a process for children about the age of 8 and up. While it is primarily intended for unbaptized children who have had no religious formation, it also serves children who were baptized in another faith and want to become Catholic. It is also appropriate for those who were baptized Catholic, but who have had little or no religious education.
When do we meet?
The KidCat process is similar to the RCIA in content and ritual, but utilizes age-appropriate lessons and activities. We attend 9:30 Mass on Sunday mornings and are dismissed to our classroom to break open the Word and learn about our Catholic faith until 11:15. Children typically spend from September to Easter in the process, during which they are prepared to be brought into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil.
How do we begin?
We will begin meeting Sunday, September 10, 2017. Prior to registering your child, you must first speak to the Kidcat Coordinator to discuss your child's religious education needs. Only after that may you register from the directions below.
For more information or should you have any questions, please contact Sue Mann, Kidcat Coordinator, in the Pastoral Office ext. 157.
We welcome children into the process at any time however in order to be initiated into the church the following Easter, the child must begin in September.
Note: Please review "A Walk Through the Process" under documents on the bottom of this page.
How to Register:
After discussing your child's religious education needs with the Kidcat Coordinator, you may register your child(ren) by using our on-line process. Registration begins July 1.
Classes for 2017-2018 school year begins September 10, 2017
The fee is $70.00 for each child which covers the cost of Bibles and "Our Catholic Faith" book.
KIDCAT LESSONS FROM, "OUR CATHOLIC FAITH":
- Lesson 1 God is the Creator
- Lesson 2 God Sends His Only Son
- Lesson 3 Jesus Christ is Our Savior
- Lesson 4 The Holy Spirit is Sent to Help Us
- Lesson 5 The Catholic Church Continues Christ's Mission
- Lesson 6 The Church Celebrates Seven Sacraments
- Lesson 7 The Church Offers Us New Life
- Lesson 8 We Are Nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ
- Lesson 9 We Gather for Mass
- Lesson 10 Ten Commandments Guide Us
- Lesson 11 Jesus teaches About True Happiness
- Lesson 12 God Gives Us Forgiveness and Peace
- Lesson 13 We Serve In Jesus' Name
- Lesson 14 We Belong to the Communion of Saints
- The Liturgical Year Lesson
- The Seven Sacraments Lesson
- The Mass Lesson
- Rites of Penance Lesson
- The Sacrament of Holy Orders
- The Sacrament of Matrimony Lesson
- Vocations Lesson
- Catholic Social Teaching Lesson
- About Prayer Lesson
- Responding to the Holy Spirit Lesson