Do you know of anyone who is considering becoming a Roman Catholic? Invite non-Catholics and Catholics who have not received First Holy Communion and Confirmation to the RCIA. Ask them to “Come and see”.
The R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which a team of parishioners prepares men and women for reception into the Catholic Church. We journey together as we reflect on the Gospels, study Catholic doctrine and get to know each other.
• Who is a candidate for RCIA?
1. An unbaptized person (Jewish, Moslem, Hindu, no faith)
2. A person baptized in another Christian faith (Lutheran, Presbyterian, etc.)
3. A person baptized Catholic, but did not receive First Communion or Confirmation.
• Stages in the RCIA
1. Inquiry: the introductory stage; a time to probe Catholicism. When the Inquirer reaches the point of initial conversion and wishes to become a Christian, he or she is accepted as a Catechumen by the Church.
2. Catechumenate: a time of nurturing; spiritual and intellectual growth. The Catechumen progresses in faith and is readied for a more intense period of preparation to receive the sacraments of initiation. i.e. Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. This period concludes with the Rite of Election celebrated at the Cathedral with the Bishop.
3. Purification and Enlightenment: during Lent, the last few weeks of preparation and prayer; leading to reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil.
4. Mystagogy: reflection on experience of the Sacraments; a beginning of full participation at Sunday Mass, spiritual growth and entrance in a fuller way in the life of the Christian community.
• How long does it take?
Meetings start in mid-September and conclude after Easter at a time and day that is convenient for all.
• When/where do we meet?
The first information meetings will be held in August with dates to be announced later. Plan to come with your questions.
• Is there a charge for this?
No, books and materials are provided at no charge.
Anyone interested in the RCIA program for the 2014-2015 term, should come to one of the information meetings or contact Deacon Joel (908-439-9704) or the parish office (908-766-0079) to register.
Special Note for 8 to 16 year olds:
The RCIA program/process is also applicable to children ages 8 to 16 who either a) have been baptized (Catholic or Protestant) but were not raised/trained in the Catholic faith, or b) have not been baptized. Call the Rectory (766-0079) for information.