Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:


RCIA is a Ministry is for the unbaptized (Catechumen) — those who wish to convert to Catholicism — and for those who seek to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church.


The process for individuals seeking full communion into the faith – Catechumens/ Candidates – is to meet with an RCIA Core Team, weekly, on Sunday mornings, for about a year. Together, they celebrate the Liturgy of the Word at the 9:15 Sunday Mass, followed by faith sharing, prayer and preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. They segue to the comfort of the Parish Center, until about 11:45am, to further discuss the practices and teachings of the Catholic faith and to share their love and belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior.


The culmination of RCIA is the Catechumens’/ Candidates’ reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.


If you are interested in learning about full communion into the Catholic Faith,
please contact CAROL ORLANDO, Pastoral Associate, who heads the RCIA Ministry, at corlando@scscedargrove.org or 973.239.7960.


If you are an active, faith-centered parishioner – committed to sharing your faith and desiring to accompany new members on their journey to full initiation into our faith – you are encouraged to join this Ministry.
The time commitment depends upon your schedule and how much time you have to give. The rewards of this Ministry are never-ending because you bring others to living faith.


If you are interested in serving in this Ministry, please contact CAROL ORLANDO, Pastoral Associate, at corlando@scscedargrove.org or 973.239.7960.


RCIA Core Team members may serve as Catechists or Sponsors for the Catechumens/ Candidates:


A Catechist breaks open the Word of God through faith sharing. All materials are supplied and training takes place. Anyone with faith and love of Jesus Christ can be a Catechist.


If you have been a Catechist for the Religious Education Program but now would like to work with adults, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. If you’re not sure you are qualified, give Carol Orlando a call, and she’ll talk to you about what would be expected of you.


Learning takes place by attending the RCIA sessions and participating in discussions.
A Catechist can volunteer for 1 Sunday every other month or more often if desired.


A Sponsor journeys with an RCIA Catechumen/Candidate by attending Sunday Mass and the Meeting that follows, with the Catechumen/Candidate. A Sponsor also accompanies the Catechumen/Candidate to any Church activity where the Assembly gathers for prayer (for example Stations of the Cross and Novena) as well as introduces them to the life of the Church through Community gatherings and Ministry activities.


There is also an Inquiry Team that meets one evening every two or three week (when necessary), on dates agreed upon by the Team. As part of this Team, you are the first people from the parish that Inquirers meet. You are asked to share your knowledge and love of your Catholic faith and to offer support to those seeking to become part of the RCIA Process.

Parish Center Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Office is closed
Saturday and Sunday


All visitors are required to wear masks and conduct business through the protective glass window.





If your group is having a meeting
in the evening, please contact
the rectory office before hand
to arrange for a key.