Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)


Ms Margarita Nieves; Coordinator of Religious Education

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is for those adults who are seeking to become a member of the Catholic Church, for those who have already been validly baptized in another Christian denomination or those baptized Catholics that have not been confirmed and need further instruction in the Catholic faith.

Catechumens (those unbaptized and uncatechized)
Those interested in becoming Catholic are instructed in the faith that leads to the receiving of the full sacraments of the church. Catechumens will be expected to attend regular classes and masses, receive the rites of initiation, and after reception into the church, have a period of further religious education.

Candidates (baptized in another Christian denomination)
Those brothers and sisters that have been baptized in the Christian faith will receive instructions that will lead to their confirmation and first communion in the Catholic Church.

Adults both young and older are offered instruction in the RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Classes for RCIA begin in mid-October and end just after Pentecost. RCIA classes for adults in English are held at St. Bartholomew Rectory and in Spanish at Freedom Academy under the direction of Mr. Jesus Tapia.


Class Schedule for CCD and RCIA

St. Bartholomew site:
Sunday morning classes from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for both CCD and RCIA in the rectory followed by the 10:30 a.m. Mass which all students/candidates are required to attend as part of the program.

St. Joan of Arc site:
Sunday morning classes from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Columbus House. Students are expected to attend either the 4:00 p.m. Saturday evening Mass or the 9:00 a.m. Spanish Mass on Sunday as part of the CCD program.

Our Catechists and Catechist Assistants are dedicated, well trained (via the Camden Diocese) adult and teen volunteers. If anyone is interested in becoming involved in the Religious Education program on any level (instruction in the Catholic faith, teaching, guest speaker, etc.) please do not hesitate to contact the Religious Education office: St. Joan of Arc (Ms. Nieves) 856-962-8642 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and St. Bartholomew (Karen Loveland) 856-365-0573 on Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..