Cathedral Parish follows the process of Christian Initiation for both children and adults wishing to join the Catholic Church. This process is open to those who are not yet baptized and to those, baptized in another tradition, who wish to join the Catholic Church. At times this process is appropriate for those who, once baptized Catholic, now stand in need of instruction and formation in the faith.
The process of Christian Initiation possesses four stages:
(1) Inquiry: interested people gather to discuss the faith. Questions are raised about the Christian faith, in general, and the Catholic faith, in particular. This is an opportunity to comfortably and openly discuss any topic of the faith. No commitments are made at this time.
(2) Period of Catechumenate: individuals are formally welcomed into the Church with set rites. At this time one becomes a Catechumen, not baptized, or one becomes a Candidate, already baptized. The scriptures are a central part of this stage; the word of God is prayed, broken open and discussed.
(3) Period of Purification and Enlightenment: occurring in Lent, this stage begins with the Rite of Election in the Cathedral with the Bishop. Catechumens become the Elect for the Easter Sacraments. Three scrutinies (a scrutiny is a rite meant to uncover what is sinful and weak in order to strengthen all that this is strong and good) are celebrated with these Gospels: the Woman at the Well - John 4, the Man Born Blind - John 9, and Lazarus Raised from the Dead - John 11. A retreat is scheduled. The Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, are then celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
(4) Mystagogy: the newly baptized and those newly received into the Catholic Church continue their formation in the faith. The neophytes (the church’s newest members) are introduced into a fuller understanding of the mysteries through the Gospel message they have learned and above all through their experience of the sacraments they have received.
Inquiry (first stage of process) usually begins in September. The Christian Initiation Team normally meets on Sunday mornings, following the 10:00 A.M. Mass, in the Seton Suite (below the rectory on Fourteenth Street). Gatherings go from 11:00 A.M. to Noon. There are no meetings scheduled on holiday weekends. Period of Catechumenate (second stage of process) has participants (catechumens and candidates) gather at 10:00 A.M. Mass and are dismissed after the homily to discuss and break open the Sunday scriptures proclaimed at Mass. Then all gather from 11:00 A.M. to Noon to discuss some aspect of the Catholic faith.
Interested persons are to call the Parish Office at 814-944-4603 or email us at email@example.com. A follow-up meeting will be scheduled.
5:30 PM (Vigil)
Wednesday: 7:00 PM
Saturday: 12:30 PM
Communal Penance Services: Advent and Lent
Evening Prayer within Eucharistic Exposition: Sunday 6:30 PM: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter Seasons
Novena of the Miraculous Medal: Monday 7:45 AM
Rosary: Wednesday 6:00 PM
Stations of the Cross: Friday during Lent 7:00 PM
Eucharistic Day: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ