RCIA

 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. 

There is a Period of Inquiry for those who are thinking about becoming a Catholic and are either unbaptized or have been baptized in another denomination and is seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.

The Catechumenate is the process by which candidates are instructed in the fundamentals of the Catholic faith in preparation to become members of the Catholic faith.  The process includes instruction in the basics of the faith and preparation to receive the sacraments.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults classes are conducted generally on Sundays.  The schedule is set to complete the training in time for the students to become members of our Church during an Easter Vigil celebration.  It is at this celebration that the candidates are presented to the parish community, receive the sacraments and fully participate in the spiritual life of our parish.

Classes are conducted on an adult level of learning.

If you are interested, please call the Rectory office at 973-748-1800.

Rite of Sending - Sacred Heart Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey - Sunday, February 24, 2019

The rite(s) of sending involve "sending" the Catechumens and/or Candidates to the Bishop and the people of the Local Church. Catechumens are sent for election while Candidates are sent for recognition and the call to continuing conversion. The Rite of Sending affords the parish the opportunity to express its approval, to rejoice in the decision to receive the sacraments of initiation and to assure the Catechumens and Candidates of the community's care and support. 

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Rite of Election and Continuing Conversion - Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, New Jersey - Sunday, March 2, 2019

The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect.