Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Often referred to simple as “RCIA”, this is a process that prepares people to make a decision to become full members of the Catholic Church. Typically, people will join our RCIA process who are considering becoming Catholic. Often a person will join because they were baptized as Catholic in infancy but never received Holy Communion or the Sacrament of Confirmation. Sometimes, a non-Catholic newlywed will participate in order to learn about the Faith into which his/her children will be raised.
Starting in late August, the sessions – study, prayer, socialization – usually occur on a weekday evening twice a month. At Easter the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion are celebrated. However, newcomers are encouraged to contact us as soon as they have a “stirring” to join.
Please contact: mkciolli@gmail.com

Family Religious Education

Parents who are members of the parish are encouraged to begin the religious education and spiritual formation of their children before they are even born. This occurs with a blessing of the pregnant mother in church and continues through the baptism and then through to the time when the child is ready to prepare for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Our Family Religious Education Program places emphasis on the parents as the prime religious educator with our catechists as assistants to them. Our Family Religious Education Program works together with a music training program – Basilica Voices – to enrich the spiritual awakening occurring in young lives.


The Sacrament of Penance is available at all times by contacting a priest. The regular scheduled times for Confession are on Saturday from 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm and Sundays from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm. There are other days throughout the year, especially during the penitential seasons Advent and Lent, when more opportunities are made available for confession. You can also make an appointment for confession by calling (212) 226-8075.


Parishioners who are unable to attend Mass are encouraged to contact the Parish House enabling them to regularly receive the Eucharist as well as the Sacrament of Penance. In the case of grave illness or the danger of death, a priest should be called so that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be celebrated.
Contact: pastor@oldcathedral.org


To arrange for a funeral Mass please contact Rosa Jimenez at (212) 226-8075 during normal business hours 9:00 to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday or by email, Rosa@oldcathedral.org. The Mass of the Resurrection is celebrated on the day of burial or interment. Members of the family are encouraged to participate in the liturgy by reading from the Scriptures, taking part in the Prayers Faithful and offering the gifts of bread and wine. The proper place for a eulogy is at the funeral home or cemetery. However, one person may offer a personal reflection in church before the beginning of the Mass. Music at a funeral Mass must be sacred and chosen in consultation with our Director of Music.