Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
If you would like to become a Catholic, or are just curious about what Catholicism is and what we believe as Catholics, please join us in the RCIA classes, which are held weekly from September through April.
RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process whereby adults enter the Catholic Church. RCIA classes are held weekly, and over the course of several months those who attend the RCIA classes are educated on what the Catholic Church believes and are given the opportunity to ask questions about those beliefs.
Just because you start RCIA, doesn't mean you are committed to finishing. If you are merely curious about what Catholicism is, please feel free to come. All are welcome.
Meetings are held in the Church Meeting Room on the Our Lady of Sorrows campus, on Tuesday evenings, from September through April, at 7:30 – 9:00 pm, unless otherwise scheduled.
Topics for the first half of the 2016-17 year are:
| Sep. 20
||Creed - Father
||Creed - Son
||Creed - Holy Spirit
||The Bible and Divine Revelation
(All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation)
||Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints
||No Class (Thanksgiving)
||Introduction to the Sacraments
||Baptism and Confirmation
||Christmas Scripture/History of Creche
||No Class (Christmas Break)
Pictured below are the new catechumens, their godparents, part of the RCIA team, Msgr. Gervasio, and Bishop O'Connell after the Rite of the Elect at the Cathedral in Trenton, on Sunday, March 5, 2017.
Pictured are (left to right)
Catechumen Nicholas Paterson and his godmother Shirley Sysol Paterson
Steve and Francie Nowacki, godparents for Catechumen Lily Menchaca
Natalie Baranowski, OLS-SA RCIA Coordinator
and RCIA Team Members Amanda Baranowski, Len Commini, and Rose Marie Peissner
RCIA 2015 - 16
Pictured below are our new catchumens, their godparents, Fr. Carter, and some of our RCIA team members with Bishop O'Connell at the Rite of Election, celebrated on February 14, 2016 at the Cathedral.
Congratulations to our new Elect, José Alvarez, Carlos Ocasio and Al Tormondson. Please pray for them as they prepare for baptism at Easter.
RCIA 2011 – 12
Father Carter and his first RCIA class, taken on the night of their last class.
~photograph courtesy of Amanda Baranowski