St. James the Apostle Parish

RCIA – Becoming Catholic

RCIA meets every Thursday night at 7:00 PM at Mary Mother of Hope Parish.  All are welcome! If you want to learn more about becoming Catholic or are just wondering about our Catholic way of life, call Sister Zoe Ann at the parish office, 724-964-8276 for information about our initiation process.



The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process of welcoming new members into our church.

A group of 4 inquirers and their sponsors from the various parishes of northern Lawrence County is meeting each Thursday at 7:00 PM at Mary Mother of Hope Parish in New Castle. Three of the inquirers are baptized and were recently welcomed as candidates to complete their initiation in the Catholic Church. The one unbaptized inquirer, Jason Mathieson, celebrated the Rite of Acceptance and was received into the Order of Catechumens. Jason and his wife Katherine are new to our parish. Pete Pascale is representing St. James Parish and serving as the sponsor for Jason, accompanying him while he journeys as a catechumen preparing for Baptism. During this Rite the inquirers expressed their intention to respond to God’s call and follow the way of Christ. The Church accepted them as persons who desire to become Catholic, marking the beginning of their period of the Catechumenate. Please pray for our catechumen Jason and the other 3 candidates as they continue on their faith journey. For more information about our initiation process, call Sr. Zoe Ann at 724-964-8276.