St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church

50 Jefferson Street-Uniontown PA 15401

 

Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Contact Molli Vassar at mvassar@atlanticbb.net

Jesus said--Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. . . . Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. (Jn 6:53-57)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is RCIA? 

RCiA introduces the teachings of the Catholic Church to individuals who wish to learn more about Catholicism including the opportunity to become a member of the Catholic Church. The RCIA process invites participants to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Church, its teachings and way of life.  It is focused on Jesus Christ and coming to know him more deeply.  The process  is marked by prayer, study, fellowship and the celebration of Rites at Mass.   

How long does the RCIA process take?

As long as it needs to. According to the Church’s guidelines, the RCIA “varies according to the many forms of God’s grace, the free cooperation of the individuals, the action of the Church, and the circumstances of time and place.” The most common pattern is to begin the process in the summer or fall and receive the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at Easter.

I was baptized in another Christian denomination. Do I need to be re-baptized?

No. As long as you were baptized with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, then your baptism is valid. We consider all baptized Christians to be members of our extended family, including those from whom we are unfortunately separated at the present time.

 

Why do Catholics pray to Mary?

Catholics think Mary is a prayer warrior. That's her job. We think she was given a full-time 24/7 prayer ministry. She said, "all generations will call me Blessed" and "my soul magnifies the Lord" (Luke 1:46). Catholics think this word of Scripture is significant, although its one of the list of scripture passages we almost never hear during surmons in Evangelical churches.

"The veneration of Mary is inscribed in the very depths of the human heart."

- Martin Luther - September 1, 1522

What is the significance of making the sign of the cross?

The sign of the cross is closely tied to baptism. Jesus told the apostles, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that when Catholics are baptized “the sign of the cross, on the threshold of the celebration, marks with the imprint of Christ the one who is going to belong to him and signifies the grace of the Redemption Christ won for us by his cross” (CCC 1235).

Thereafter, each time we make the sign of the cross we remember that we belong to Christ.

Why do Catholics genuflect?

Catholics genuflect in Church to show reverence to the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Genuflection is defined as 'A reverence made by bending the knee, especially to express adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (CCC 1378). As we walk into the house of God, a church, we show our adoration for Him by kneeling before Him.

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6

Is Jesus present in the Eucharist?

Yes, when we receive these sacred elements, we become even more the Body of Christ. “We become,” as St. Augustine reminded the Church in the 4th-5th centuries, “what we eat and drink.” In other words, we become Christ present, and the cycle begins again—Christ present in the gathered assembly, in the presider, in the Word of God proclaimed, and in the Eucharist broken and shared.

Is the Eucharist really Christ's body and blood? When does the bread and wine change to the body and blood of Jesus Christ?

It happens during the eucharistic prayer of the Mass.

At that time, the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ, as the Church has always taught. Although they still look like bread and wine, they have, by divine power, actually changed into His Body and Blood. How can we know this? It requires faith. It is a mystery which, like love, we will never fully understand. The Trinity, the divinity of Jesus, His death and Resurrection are other mysteries which, along with the Eucharist, we will never fully comprehend in this life.

Catholic teaching on the Eucharist gives great inspiration and strength to believers. Jesus is really present and, under the appearance of food, nourishes us for our journey through life.

Can I participate in communion, if I am not Catholic?

No, but you can be blessed by the priest. As you approach the Priest, cross your arms touching each shoulder, the priest will know to say a blessing. People present themselves to the priest for a blessing because they are not properly disposed to receive the Eucharist.

 

What is the correct way to receive communion?

Each communicant is to make a sign of reverence before receiving the Host and/or the Precious Blood. In the United States, that gesture is to be a bow. For the sake of keeping the communion line flowing smoothly, you should make your bow just as the person in front of you is receiving.

There are two ways in which Communion is received in the Latin Church: We receive either on the tongue or in the hand.

The proper way to receive the Host in the hand is to place one hand flat on top of the other so that the open palm is facing upward. Saint John Chrysostom described this beautiful gesture as making of your hands a throne for the King of Kings.

As you are about to receive the Host or the Precious Blood, the Minister of Communion will say “The Body of Christ” or “The Blood of Christ.” The correct response is simply “Amen, and it means, "So be it" "I agree."  "I believe."  "It is the Body of Christ."  That's what the "Amen" means: "I honestly believe that when I receive, it is Christ, and so I say Amen." 

 

Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Contact Molli Vassar at mvassar@atlanticbb.net

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Office: 724-437-7569
Parish Fax: 724-437-6277
Faith Formation Center : 724-439-8723
School: 724-438-8598

 

 

 

 

 

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