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The Office of Christian Initiation assists the Bishop in the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – the Roman Catholic Church’s process of welcoming adults through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Support and resources are provided to pastors, parish directors and teams. Education classes and formation workshops are offered in conjunction with the ministries of Adult Enrichment, Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Liturgy, Religious Education, and the Tribunal. The Office coordinates three annual diocesan celebrations: The Rite of Election (celebrated at both Cathedrals on the 1st Sunday of Lent); Passion Sunday Retreat and Anointing Services; and the Neophyte Gathering of Thanksgiving.
Each year, scores of men, women and children are 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:
Mrs. Jeanne Thompson
Coordinator, Christian Initiation