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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 Sundays from 11:30am-12:30pm for adults, and Sundays from 10am-11am for children ages 7-14. (no classes during summer)
 
*Anyone beginning RCIA now will prepare to receive the full initiation (baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion) at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20, 2019.  The Adult Confirmation class is currently closed and will reopen again in January 2019. 
 

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

Important Dates

FEBRUARY

February, Sun Feb 11, 12pmCombined Rite of Sending (catechumens to be Elect & Candidates) Mass at Madonna Church 
 
*Wednesday, February 14th – Ash Wednesday Services at main church: 7:15am, 8:30am, 12:10pm and 5:15pm.  
 
Saturday, February 17th 11am – Call to Continuing Conversion
for candidates – at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart 89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ
 
Sunday, February 18th – (First Sunday of Lent)
11:30am-12:45 – Coffee and…in cafeteria for Catechumens and sponsors  
12:45pm – Leave to Basilica. 
2:30pm – Rite of Election (catechumens to become Elect) at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ  
 
Sunday, February 25th, (Second Sunday of Lent) – Penitential Rite at Madonna 
12pm Mass
 
 

MARCH

Sunday, March 4th, (3rd Sunday of Lent) – 1St Scrutiny (Elect) 12pm Mass at Madonna
 
Wednesday, March 7th, 7pmPresentation of the Creed (Elect) in CTT class
 
Sunday, March 11, 12pm Mass (4th Sunday of Lent) 2nd Scrutiny (Elect) at Madonna Church  
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**Communal Penance/Confession Service

**Saturday, March 12th, 7pm MKC Penance Service

**Saturday, March 19th, 7pm English Penance Service

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Sunday, March 18th, 12pm Mass 3rd Scrutiny (5th Sunday of Lent) at Madonna Church (Elect) 
Wednesday, March 21, 7pm Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer (Elect) in class 
 
 

HOLY WEEK:

Sunday, March 25th Palm Sunday (regular Sunday Mass schedule)

*Thursday, March 29th Holy Thursday: 7pm – main church  

*Friday, March 30th Good Friday (English) – 3pm – main church
-8pm (Korean) main church
 

Saturday, March 31st Holy Saturday – Prepatory Rites (Elect) – main church

-8:30am (during Morning Prayer) at main church

-8pm at Madonna, Easter Vigil (Elect)
 
 

APRIL

Easter Sunday, April 1st – (regular Sunday Mass schedule)
 
*Adult Confirmation Ceremony (Confirmation and 1st Eucharist & Confirmation candidates) one of 7 Sundays in Easter Season, (TBA) 12pm Mass
 
Mystagogy: (till May 20th)
 
*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.
 
 

Catechumens

Adults who are not baptized and wish to become members of the Roman Catholic Church should follow the complete process of initiation as outlined in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. 

They are to:

  • Participate in the pre-catechumenate.
  • Be chosen for entrance into the catechumenate in the Rite of Acceptance.
  • Participate in the catechumenate for a suitable period of time, a least one calendar year.
  • Participate in the Rite of Election celebrated in the Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent.
  • Observe Lent as a time of purification and enlightenment.
  • Participate in the Scrutinies and the Presentations.
  • Receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.
  • Observe the season of Easter as a time of post-baptismal catechesis (i.e. mystagogy).

Adult Catholics Completing Initiation

Baptized Catholic Adults Seeking to Complete Christian Initiation

Adult Catholics, baptized as infants in the Roman Catholic Church who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation should participate in a period of catechesis leading to the celebration of Confirmation on a Sunday of the Easter season or on Pentecost Sunday.

They are to:

  • Participate regularly in Sunday Mass.
  • Receive suitable catechesis and spiritual formation during the seasons of Lent and Easter.
  • Participate in the “Call to Continuing Conversion” in the Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent.
  • Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the celebration of the sacrament, preferably during Lent.
  • Receive Confirmation on a Sunday of the Easter season or on Pentecost Sunday.

It may be the case that an adult Catholic baptized as an infant needs both Confirmation and Eucharist to complete Christian initiation. If this is the situation, the adult receives first communion at the Mass in which the Rite of Confirmation is celebrated.

Christians Baptized in a non-Catholic Church

Reception into Full Communion

Christians baptized in a non-Catholic church who wish to become members of the Roman Catholic Church should follow a process that leads to the celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist according to the norms of the “Reception of Baptized Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.”
See Part II, #5 of the RCIA.

They are to:

  • Receive suitable catechesis and spiritual formation.
  • Participate in the “Call to Continuing Conversion” in the Cathedral on First Sunday of Lent.
  • Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent prior to reception into the Full Communion.
  • Be received into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church ordinarily at a Sunday Mass celebrated during the Easter Season.
  • Observe the season of Easter as a time of post-baptismal catechesis (i.e. mystagogy).