Our process for bringing children over the age of 7 into the Church is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults adapted for children and youth.  The process prepares children and teens for the Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation.  Children and youth participating will need to begin by registering for one of our foundational programs (Wednesday Program, Family Program, or Youth Ministry) or be attending a Catholic School.  Families will also participate in a number of events together in preparation of celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the parish office at 616-392-6700 or Emily Alba via email at for more information.

What is RCIA for Children? 

The RCIA is a journey of conversion, learning, living the faith and growing closer to Jesus and his Church. The objective is to become a disciple of Jesus and gain skills on reading Scripture, praying, being of service, and become missionaries. This is a journey for the whole family, as the children are dependent on their parents or guardians and are strongly influenced by their social surroundings The Rite recognizes that this is a gradual process and for that reason, is to be extended over several years; before they receive the sacraments.


Godparents play a vital role in the faith of a child.  A godparent is a fully initiated Catholic who is in good standing with the church and is over the age of 16.  The godparent(s) represents the Catholic Church at Baptism and serves as a role model throughout the child’s life by living a fully Christian life.   For more information about selecting a godparent and/or the roles of godparents, please see the following links/articles: