The Roman Catholic Church has a ritual that welcomes adult converts into the church. It includes first communion, confirmation and baptism all in one ceremony and is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Gifts are exchanged at this time between the person being initiated and the sponsor. Rosaries, wall crosses, jewelry and key chains all come in special RCIA editions just for this moment. There are many special RCIA gifts online including small keepsakes, books and jewelry.
For the RCIA candidate, a rosary is one of the best RCIA gifts. Praying with rosary beads or, as it is translated, a garland of prayers, is the way a Catholic seeks Mary’s help to intercede with God on behalf of the prayer. It is basic to the Catholic religion and there are a wide variety of rosaries to choose from including some very costly ones with stones and some very humble with wood and cord. There is a huge variety of glass beads, some crystal and some made in Venice, as well as heavy silver or wooden beads to suit various tastes. You can have a special RCIA charm attached or a saint’s medal. There are also some very special rosaries from the Vatican Library Collection that are copies of antique rosaries as well as genuine antique rosaries available from auction houses and estate sales.
RCIA gifts often become heirlooms and it is nice to have it personalized with the name of the candidate and the date of the ceremony. Other possibilities for personalized RCIA gifts are Christmas ornaments, wall hangings with personal messages, key rings, jewelry, including pendants, and pewter book marks. Also, polished pewter champagne flutes, coffee mugs, candle sticks and evangelist goblets can be personalized gifts for RCIA. On the lighter side, there is a bean bag bear that will sit on a desk, window sill or shelf with a dove, font and chalice, which represent the sacraments of RCIA, on his shirt.
Christian designed, good quality watches are also good RCIA gifts. This is a useful and beautiful gift that will remind them of their commitment whenever they look at the time. They have Christian designs on the faces and bands. For ladies there are guardian angels on the face as well as cross shaped faces and multi-colored bands to match any outfit. Cuff style watches with cross motifs, fish and cross with cut out crosses on the bands are also attractive. Many watches, for both men and women, with a cross as the hour hand, come in different styles and prices.
For the person who sponsored a RCIA candidate to join the Catholic Church there are also RCIA gifts. There are simple cards that express your deep felt gratitude for their support and encouragement at this time. If you would like them to also have a memento there is jewelry, key chains and wall crosses that can be personalized with the name and date as well as photo frames with a picture of the two of you on that special day.