RCIA For Children

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, Sun Feb 11, 12pmCombined Rite of Sending (catechumens to be Elect & Candidates) Mass at Madonna Church 
*Wednesday, February 14th – Ash Wednesday Service at Madonna – Time TBA
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


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  

**Communal Penance/Confession Service

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

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

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 


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

*Thursday, March 29th Holy Thursday 

*Friday, March 30th Good Friday

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

-8:30am (during Morning Prayer) at Madonna Church.  

-8pm at Madonna, Easter Vigil (Elect & non-Catholic candidates)


Easter Sunday, April 1st – (regular Sunday Mass schedule)
*Adult Confirmation Ceremony (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.