Curious about Catholicism? R.C.I.A. Information & Inquiry Sessions

Our parish will be offering two Information & Inquiry Sessions on the R.C.I.A. or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process this coming week. The RCIA process is for men and women who are curious about Catholicism and open to possibly begin formal inquiry and discernment of seeking union with the Catholic Church. Click (here) for more information on the RCIA process.

  • Sunday, 21 August at 10 am in the basement of the Parish Rectory (building beside the Church at the corner of High & Chestnut Sts – entrance in rear) – or –
  • Monday, 22 August at 7 pm in the Spirit Center (basement of the old school building behind the church – entrance in the rear)

Interested persons should attend one of these sessions if they’ve not yet been in contact with Brian McCauley – RCIA Director. If you’re interested in the process, but cannot make one of the above sessions, please contact Brian McCauley (email) as soon as possible. Regular RCIA sessions begin on Monday, 29 August at 7 pm in the Spirit Center.

2016-17 Sacramental Preparation Information for St. Mary of the Assumption Parish Families

The week of Sunday, 10 July, a postal mailing went out to active St. Mary School, St. Mary PSR, and St. Mary Homeschool parish families who have children who could begin preparing to celebrate the sacraments of Penance and holy Communion or Confirmation this coming year. The mailing contained general information and the calendar of sacramental preparation for parents who intend to begin preparing their children for sacraments this year.


If you are an active St. Mary of the Assumption Parish family and did not receive this mailing, perhaps because you’re new to the parish or haven’t been active in religious education recently, please contact Brian McCauley at the parish as soon as possible to determine a religious education and sacramental preparation plan for your particular situation. Please contact us also if you’ve a child who is “out-of-sequence” in the sacramental life of the Church so we can together determine a timely and prudent plan.

Adult Faith Enrichment Session Tonight at 7 pm

Tonight is the first session of a short adult faith enrichment series on the Eastern Catholic Church and the Divine Liturgy!

Perhaps some of you remember, or heard from your children at St. Mary School, about the Eastern Catholic Priest “with the funny hat” who was at our parish last year during Lent to celebrate the sacrament of Penance?

That priest, Fr. Ignatius Harrington, will be teaching tonight on the other ‘lung’ of Catholicism – the Eastern Church – in full union with the Holy Father. Please come out an join us tonight at 7 pm in the Spirit Center and consider bringing your child if he/she is in middle school or older.

More information at the link HERE.

Important Information on Sacramental Preparations & Dates

Attention St. Mary of the Assumption parishioners –

Please visit the parish website below for important information on the sacramental preparations for the coming year. There will be a general sacramental preparation session for parents of children who will begin preparing for the sacraments of Confirmation, Penance and Holy Communion this year on Sunday, 20 September at 10 am in the Spirit Center. This is a required session so please be faithful in attending.

http://www.stmarylancaster.org/2015/?page_id=2068

Questions should be directed to Mr. McCauley at the parish – 740.653.5054

RCIA Information & Inquiry Session Tonight!

Our parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process will begin in late August.

The Rite of Christian Initiation Process is for:

  • Unbaptized adults who wish to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church
  • Baptized adults from other Christian communities who wish to learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church
  • Adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church, but have not completed Initiation with the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion

To learn more about the RCIA process, please attend the Information & Inquiry Session:

  • Tuesday, 11 August at 7:00pm in the Spirit Center

If you’ve any questions, or would like to learn more about the RCIA process and cannot attend an Inquiry Session, please contact Brian McCauley or by phone at 740.653.5054.

More information on RCIA process is available on the RCIA Website (click here)

Have you thought about becoming Catholic in the RCIA?

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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is for:

+ Unbaptized adults who wish to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church

+ Baptized adults from other Christian communities who wish to learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church

+ Adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church, but have not completed Initiation with the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion

Click Here for information about the RCIA process, which is designed especially for you!

Please contact the RCIA Director, Brian McCauley, for more information about the Catholic Church and beginning your journey of discernment in Summer of 2015.

2nd Grade Day of Retreat – Schedule Change

It has only recently come to our attention that Lancaster City Schools has standardized testing scheduled for Friday, 17 April, the day we had scheduled our Retreat Day for the Second grade children preparing for first holy Communion that Sunday, 19 April. This effects the ability of our PSR children to attend the retreat. Therefore:

We have moved the Day of Retreat from Friday, 17 April to Saturday, 18 April from 9 am – 12 noon in the Church. Since we will dismiss at noon, the children no longer need to bring a lunch. Please update your schedules accordingly.

R.C.I.A. to begin for those curious about Catholicism

Saint Mary of the Assumption will host two Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Information & Inquiry Sessions on Monday, 25 August and Wednesday, 27 August at 7 pm in the Spirit Center, for those adults who are open to learning about the teachings of Christ in the Catholic Church and discerning becoming Roman Catholic.

More information on the RCIA process, Inquiry Sessions, and the first class is below. Please direct any questions to Brian McCauley at St. Mary of the Assumption parish – 740.653.5054.

RCIA Quick Info