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Christian Initiation
Are you looking for a Church Family to call home?

     In 2003,  187 men, women and children were fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Let us help you to begin a new (or renewed) relationship with God our loving Father, with Jesus Christ our Savior and the loving Holy Spirit as part of our Catholic family of believers. 

   The Office of Christian Initiation can link you with a parish in the diocese that will welcome you into the Catholic Church through the Christian Initiation Process. 

For more information of the Rite of Christian Initiation contact Jeanne Thompson at 814-695-5579. 


First Sunday of Lent (February 13, 2005): 
Rite of Election (Enrollment of Names) and 
Call of Candidates to Continuing Conversion

2:00 PM  at St. John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown   
(Cambria, Fulton and Somerset County Parishes and Campus Ministry)
7:00  PM Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
(Bedford, Blair and Huntingdon County Parishes and Campus Ministry)

Presider:  Bishop Joseph V. Adamec

All are invited to attend a reception following each celebration.

Holy Week Retreats and Anointing/Prayer Service

Saturday, March 19, 2005 from 9:30AM - 2:00PM at Our Lady of Victory School, State College.  
(Centre/Clinton Counties)

Sunday, March 20, 2005 from 1:15PM - 5:30PM at St. John Gualbert Activity Center/St. Joseph Chapel, Johnstown.  (Cambria/Somerset Counties)

Sunday, March 20, 2005 from 2:00PM - 6:30PM at St. Catherine of Siena, Duncansville. 
(All other Counties)

Mass of Thanksgiving for Neophytes 

at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona

Reception follows in the Cathedral Basement Hall. All are invited.