Becoming Catholic is one of life's most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults.
A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different forms.
Before a person is ready to be received into the Church, preparation is necessary. The amount and form of this preparation depends on the individual's circumstance. The most basic division in the kind of preparation needed is between those who are unbaptized and those who have already become Christian through baptism in another church.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and children over seven) is a process created for those who want to become Catholic or are thinking about it and those who wish to be fully initiated in the Catholic Church (need to receive the sacraments of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation.)
If you are interested or have questions, the St. Joseph Religious Education Office is a welcoming place to start. Please contact Parish Catechetical Leader Clare Krakoviak at [email protected] or 973-669-8331 for information. Each individual’s case is different and scheduling is flexible.