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Inquiries to the Catholic faith welcomed

LEWISTOWN — Those interested in exploring the Catholic Church are invited to contact the Rev. William Weary, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Lewistown and St. Jude Thaddeus Church, Mifflintown at (717) 242-2781 or frweary@sacredheartlewistown.com.

The first step in this spiritual journey is a conversation between the priest and the inquirer, who then decides whether or not to continue further study of the faith. Once a week instructions leading to full membership customarily run for about nine months, either in a group class or one on one with a priest.

The process concludes at a parish Mass, often Easter Vigil, with the inquirer receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, if needed, then Confirmation and Holy Eucharist (communion). While reception of holy communion is reserved for those who have undergone this process, the general public is still welcome to worship with the congregations of St. Jude and Sacred Heart at any time, offering their prayers and songs to God, as part of their spiritual journey.

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