The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults invites people to learn more about becoming Catholic and full reception of the Sacraments. For more information, contact the Parish Office at 908-241-1250.

What are the steps of RCIA?

Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Pre-Catechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an "inquirer," may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.

The Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God's inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When a Catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election. Even before the Catechumens are baptized, they have a special relationship to the Church.

The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect.

The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the Elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Now the person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

As a newly initiated Catholic, they continue their formation and education continue in the Period of the Post Baptismal Catechesis, which is also called Mystagogy. This period continues at least until Pentecost. During the period the newly baptized members reflect on their experiences at the Easter Vigil and continue to learn more about the Scriptures, the Sacraments, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. In addition they reflect on how they will serve Christ and help in the Church's mission and outreach activities. 




RCIA Schedule
November 2020 through May 2021

Tuesday, November 10 7:00 PM Registration and Orientation
God the Creator, God the Father,
Tuesday, November 17 7:00 PM The Holy Spirit, The Blessed Trinity
Tuesday, November 24 7:00 PM Grace, Sanctity of Human Life, The Social Teachings of the Church

Advent, The Liturgical Calendar
Sunday, November 29 FirstSunday of Advent
Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 PM Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition
Immaculate Conception, Incarnation, The Son of God
Tuesday, December 8, 7:00 PM Natural Law, God's Law, The Ten Commandments,
Tuesday, December 15, 7:00 PM The Seven Sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation,
Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 PM Holy Eucharist

Tuesday December 29 No Class Christmas Break

Tuesday, January 5, 7:00 PM Penance and Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick
Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 PM Holy Orders, Holy Matrimony
Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 PM The Four Marks of the Church, Church is Apostolic
Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 PM Introduction to Prayer, Traditions of Prayer
Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 PM The Battle of Prayer, The Lord's Prayer, Well Known Catholic Prayers
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 PM Lists that every Catholic should be familiar with.
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 PM The Virtues of Faith, Hope and Love (charity)

Preparation for the Rite of Continuous Conversion
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 PM ASH WEDNESDAY

Saturday, February 20, 7:00 PM Call of Continuing Conversion

Sunday, February 21, 7:00 PM RITE of Christian Initiation
Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 PM Mystery of evil, Temptation and Sin, What is Sin?
Tuesday, March 2, 7:00 PM Seven Deadly Sins, The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 PM Sacramental Living,The Sacramental Economy
Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 PM Lives of the Saints, St. Joseph, St. Patrick,
Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 PM The Mystical Body of Christ, The Last Four Things:
Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell

Sunday, March 28 Palm Sunday

Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 PM Preparation for Reception of Sacraments,
Tour of Saint Joseph the Carpenter Church.
Thursday, April1, 7:00 PM Holy Thursday Mass
Friday, April 2, 3:00 PM Good Friday Service
Saturday, April 3, 8:00 PM EASTER Vigil Mass

Sunday April 4 Easter Sunday

Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 PM Precepts of the Church, The Holy Rosary,
How to serve the Church through ministries
Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 PM Review and discussion, Mystagogy

Mr. Anthony Esposito, RCIA Coordinator
(908) 241-5623
[email protected]


For more on RCIA please go there: Rite Of Christian Initiation Of Adults.