RCIA For Children

Do you wish have your child (age 7-17) baptized in the name of Jesus Christ?
If your child was never baptized or has not received the sacraments of First Holy Communion and/or 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. (we have an RCIA adult program for those 18 years and older) 
Anyone who has NOT been baptized (catechumen) must be in the RCIA program a minimum of one calendar year before receiving the sacraments.

Classes, which run weekly from September through May, are currently held Sundays from 10am-11am for children. The summer classes will meet once a month.


*Anyone beginning RCIA classes after April 15, 2016 will prepare to receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 31, 2018.


To register your child, please fill out the form below. For more information, contact Max Almenas, RCIA Coordinator: Max@MadonnaChurch.org or 201-461-4261.

Registration Form For RCIA For Children


Important Dates

Call to Continuing Conversion (Candidates)
Saturday, March 4th, 1:30 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart 89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ
Rite of Election (catechumens)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 
(First Sunday of Lent)
4:30pm at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart – 89 Ridge St, Newark, NJ
1St Scrutiny (catechumens)
Sunday, March 19, 12pm Mass at Madonna Church.
Presentation of the Creed 
Wednesday, March 22nd, 7pm in class
2nd Scrutiny (catechumens)
Sunday, March 26, 12pm Mass at Madonna Church. 
3rd Scrutiny (catechumens)
Sunday, April 2, 12pm Mass at Madonna Church. 
Lord’s Prayer (catechumens)
Wednesday, April 5, 7pm in class
Prepatory Rites (catechumens) 
Saturday, April 15th, 8:30am (during Morning Prayer) at Madonna Church.  
Easter Vigil (catechumens)
Saturday, April 15th, 8pm at Madonna Church
*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.