Enroll in our RCIA Program

Do you or someone you know desire to join the Catholic Church and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ?
If any adult or child (7 years-old or older) was never baptized or has not prepared for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, we can provide instruction through a program titled, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).
RCIA As Adopted For Children is for ages 7-17, while the RCIA program is for anyone 18 years and older.
Classes are currently held Wednesdays from 7pm-8pm for adults, and Sundays from 9am for children ages 7-17. (no classes during summer)
*Anyone beginning RCIA classes in April 2017 will prepare to receive the full initiation (baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion) at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 31, 2018 or First Holy Communion and / or Confirmation only during the Easter 2018 season. 

For more information, contact Max Almenas, Director of Religious Formation: Max@MadonnaChurch.org or 201-461-4261. 

RCIA Class Calendar for Adults 

RCIA Registration Form for Adults


Important Periods


Inquiry: 8 weeks in the fall (September until Rite of Welcome & Acceptance)
Sunday, Nov 12
Rite of Welcome: baptized becomes candidate Confirmation & First Eucharist 
Rite of Acceptance: unbaptized becomes catechumen for full initiation. 
(dismissal before Liturgy of Eucharist) 
Combined Rite of Sending (catechumens to be Elect & Candidates)
Sunday, Feb 11, 12pm at
Madonna Church 
Call to Continuing Conversion (Candidates)
Saturday, Feb 17, 11am pm at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart 89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ
Period of Purification & Enlightenment 
Rite of Election (catechumens to be Elect)
Sunday, Feb 18, 2017 
(First Sunday of Lent)
2:30pm at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart – 89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ
1St Scrutiny (Elect)
Sunday, March, 12pm Mass at Madonna Church.
Presentation of the Creed (Elect) 
Wednesday, March, 7pm in class
2nd Scrutiny (Elect)
Sunday, March, 12pm Mass at Madonna Church. 
3rd Scrutiny (Elect)
Sunday, April 12pm Mass at Madonna Church. 

Communal Penance/Confession Service

Monday April, 7pm for all parishioners at Madonna Church
(Elect & Candidates should attend)
Lord’s Prayer (Elect)
Wednesday, April, 7pm in class
Prepatory Rites (Elect) 
Saturday, April, 8:30am (during Morning Prayer) at Madonna Church.  
Easter Vigil (Elect & non-Catholic candidates)
Saturday, March 31st, 8pm at Madonna Church
Adult Confirmation (Catholic Confirmation candidates)
Sunday, April, 10:30am Mass 
Mystagogy: Till Sunday May 6 (week before Mother’s Day)
*all dates are subject to change. Check this page or sign up for our newsletter for updates. For more lenten services and activities, please see Lenten Calendar below.
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