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Whether one is seeking to enter the Catholic Church or simply wants to learn more about the substance, tradition and customs of the Roman Catholic Church, Fr. Mark Abban, pastor of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Monticello, will offer a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) class to answer questions about the Catholic faith.

The classes begin on September 2 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Mark’s located at the corner of North Hyatt and West Jefferson streets in Monticello.

If one is curious about the mystery, wisdom and pageantry of the ancient Catholic religion, the class will examine the substance of the Catholic faith itself, from how the Church makes it laws to the role of the Eucharist in the Mass.

“The class will offer a revealing guide to the rationale for the structure of the Mass, the genesis of the Stations of the Cross, the origins of the Rosary and why Catholics Hail Mary,” said Fr. Abban. “We will take a look at the intricate hierarchy of the Church – from nuns and monks to bishops and the Pope. We will also speak about the mystery of the Church revealing remarkable transformations – how normal people become saints, and we may even ponder curious phenomena – does the Madonna really weep through images?”

Fr. Abban said participants will go on a tour of Catholic customs. “During the class, we will answer questions about the significance of symbols like the Cross and Holy Water, illuminate the purpose of candles in prayer and liturgy and reconstruct the nativity scene,” he said.

Classes are somewhat informal and within the bounds of common courtesy. Scheduling will allow participants to find the answers to any questions about the Church they might have.

Those interested in the classes are asked to contact the church secretary, Denise Adams, at 367-2848 and leave their names and contact information with her. Participants will receive more details and set a meeting night during the first session.

Don Stephan will be the class instructor.