Children and Christian Initiation Leader's Guide

Catholic program

Kathy Coffey

Feb/2002, 104 Pages, PAPERBACK, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4

ISBN-13: 9781889108872



Children and Christian Initiation is a resource for Catholic parishes.

If you’re starting or continuing the process of Christian initiation with children, this is the book for you. It gives complete, practical directions for preparing unbaptized or uncatechized children for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and eucharist.

Adapting the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for children in age-appropriate ways, this resource includes:

  •  an overview of children’s spirituality and the vision of the Rite
  •  ideas for preparation before the rites and reflection afterwards
  •  experiential activities that link scripture with daily life
  •  background on each of the four periods, with sample sessions for each
  •  a calendar of celebrations, which can be copied for families
  •  a glossary of terms used in the initiation process

Other books in the Children and Christian Initiation series:


  • Parent and Sponsor Guide
  • Initiation Journal for Children (ages 7-10)
  • Initiation Journal for Youth (ages 11-14)

Kathy Coffey is the author of Children and Christian Initiation, Confirmed: Anointed and Sealed with the Spirit, Experiencing God with Your Children, and God in the Moment: Making Every Day a Prayer. Kathy frequently leads retreats and workshops across the country.


“This is a truly accessible and fully pastoral resource that will prove indispensable to all involved in the initiation of children.” - James M. Schellman, Executive Director, The North American Forum on the Catechumenate


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