Thursday, April 6, 2017

RCIA Welcome Gifts

In less than two weeks at the Easter Vigil, adults all over the world will be joining the Catholic Church and receiving the Sacraments of Initiation for the first time.  As a school, we love to celebrate with our these new members of our parish family.  Since our 5th grade curriculum centers so heavily on the Sacraments, we make a special gift that connects to the three Sacraments of Initiation- Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

One of our favorite kid-to-RCIA-candidate gifts is this Exploding Sacrament Book.  You can find a step by step guide for folding here.  We used three sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock for each book.

It folds down to a 6" x 6" book, but opens up to a fun mini poster.

Usually two or three students work on the book together.  We added the title "welcome" across the open book:

On the various folds and flaps on both sides, the students then added personal notes:

And art relating to each Sacrament:

And Bible verses for each Sacrament:

The kids do such great work, and really put a lot of effort in making the RCIA candidates feel welcome.  Here are a few more pictures of their art and notes:

Finally, we fold them up, add a cover, tie them together with a bow, and deliver to our newest Catholics!  This project would also work so well for any school/CCD students receiving their Sacraments for the first time.

If you have less kids, less time, or want to do something less complicated, you could make a simple trifold card with a section for each of the Sacraments of Initiation

We welcome all those joining the Church this Easter!


  1. YOU are so creative and a GEM in sharing all these fabulous ideas!

  2. Thank you so much! We are making a second one of these this year. Last year one of my brother's in law joined the Church and this year another one is coming into the fold as well. We are making one for him now and we made one last year. I wish I could post a photo here to see how ours turned out.

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