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RCIA and What It Means

When an adult decides to become part of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church has a ritual that welcomes them. This ritual, which includes baptism, first communion and confirmation all in one ceremony, is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It is appropriate to give a gift to the person being initiated as well as that person giving a gift to his sponsor. There are special RCIA gifts of rosaries, wall crosses, jewelry and key chains that include the letters RICA to commemorate the moment. Whether it is a special book or a small keepsake, there are many gifts to choose online.

 

Praying with rosary beads is the Catholics way of seeking Mary’s help to approach God. Rosaries make good RCIA gifts because they will last a lifetime and can be very costly with precious stones or they can be simple glass beads. Which ever it is, the meaning is the same. There are very delicate crystal beads and heavy silver or wooden beads to suit different tastes. Some have saint’s medals attached or you can attach a special RCIA charm.  The Vatican collection has rosaries that are copies of ancient ones and antique rosaries are available online from estate sales or personal heirlooms. You will be able to find the perfect rosary gift. There are especially made RICA rosaries with the RICA sacraments on them.

 

RICA candidates may also want to give a RICA gift to the person who sponsored or supported their decision to join the Catholic Church. This is a good time to give a memento of the occasion, like jewelry or a key chain. You can get cards with a special thank you for your sponsor showing you appreciate their help and guidance and telling them they have a special place in your life. You will never forget their help in this enormous decision you have made.

 

Personalized gifts are also good for this occasion because you can add the date with the name and it will become a keepsake or heirloom. There are Christmas ornaments, pewter book marks, wall hangings with messages, and more key rings. Also, beautiful RICA gifts of polished pewter champagne flutes, mugs, candle sticks, evangelist goblets and tree ornaments. One very cute gift is a bean bag bear that has embroidered on his tummy a dove, font and chalice representing the sacraments of RICA. It sits up by itself on a shelf or desk for display.

 

Other RICA gifts include Christian watches. These are good quality watches with Christian motifs on the faces and bands. They have a ladies watch with a guardian angel on the face and a cross shaped face watch with multi-colored bands. There are cuff style watches with cross motifs, cross and fish and cut out crosses on the bands. Plus there are many different styles and prices of watches with the cross as the hour hand. This gift will be appreciated because it is useful as well as beautiful and has a reminder of the faith every time you look at the time.

This article was published on Tuesday 24 November, 2009.



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