Our Lady of Light Parish St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Pascal Baylon churches

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process with a fourfold purpose:

  1. For the unbaptized, the process provides the spiritual background and support to become a fully initiated Roman Catholic.
  2. For those baptized in another Faith, the process provides a new environment for conversion.
  3. For those baptized as Catholics, who have not received First Eucharist or Confirmation, the process prepares them to become active members of the parish community.
  4. For those interested Catholics who wish to deepen their faith.

Some History

The RCIA, as it is today, dates back to 1972 and was prepared by the Vatican Council. It is very similar to the way that people became Catholic in the early days of the Church.

This process is unlike conversion programs of the past. The RCIA is an ongoing four-step process within parish life. It is designed to welcome new members into the Church, and at the same time, to lead every Catholic parishoner to deeper belief and renewal of his or her Christian Faith.

Several Parish celebrations mark the transitional stages in the Rite.

The process involves a weekly gathering of candidates. Here, each candidate is encouraged to study and discuss the basics of our Christian Religion with the members of the Catechist Team.

In addition to spiritual guidance, each candidate has added support of a program sponsor, (a layperson and member of our parish) who assists with the many practical aspects of Faith. Sponsors likewise introduce the candidate to the parish community and its various ministries.

The Basics

  • Mass
  • Eucharist
  • Prayer
  • Scripture
  • Life of Christ
  • Sacraments
  • Community Service

A Request of You

If you are interested, (or simply curious) or know of anyone who might like to become a part of the RCIA please contact the Parish Office at 718-528-1220 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Each candidate has the support and prayers of Our Lady of Light Parish Community as he/she journeys along the road with Jesus toward full initiation into the Catholic Faith.

Mass Schedule

St. Catherine of Sienna
Sunday 8am & 12 noon
Monday to Friday 8am

St. Pascal Baylon
Saturday Evening 5pm & Sunday 10am
Monday to Saturday 9am

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