Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for men and women to become baptized members of the Catholic Church. Candidates are gradually introduced to Catholic beliefs and practices.

Adults wishing to enroll in RCIA at Holy Rosary should complete the form (click HERE), and submit it to the Parish Center either by email at holyrosary@aol.com, or by dropping off the completed form after any weekend Mass or stopping by the Parish Center. Parish staff will be in contact shortly thereafter to discuss the process further.

Pursuant to the Archdiocese of Newark:

Adults who are not baptized and wish to become members of the Roman Catholic Church should follow the complete process of initiation as outlined in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. They are to:

  • Participate in the pre-catechumenate.
  • Be chosen for entrance into the catechumenate in the Rite of Acceptance.
  • Participate in the catechumenate for a suitable period of time, a least one calendar year.
  • Participate in the Rite of Election celebrated in the Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent.
  • Observe Lent as a time of purification and enlightenment.
  • Participate in the Scrutinies and the Presentations.
  • Receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.
  • Observe the season of Easter as a time of post-baptismal catechesis (i.e. mystagogy).
Deacon Robert Thomson looks on as Holy Rosary’s 2020 Catechumen, Robin Davis, confirms the Rite of Election at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. (March 1, 2020)


We are happy to announce that Robin Benke Davis received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Penance and Holy Eucharist at the 5:30 PM mass on August 8, 2020. Though Robin prepared for many months, the cancellation of the Easter Vigil due to Covid-19 — followed by the lockdown of our Churches — delayed this most auspicious occasion. We are delighted that we can finally welcome Robin as an official member of our Holy Rosary parish family!!

Congratulations, Robin! You have shown saintly patience!