Whether one is seeking to enter the Catholic Church or simply wanting to learn more about the substance, tradition and customs of the Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Rajasekhar Chappidi, pastor of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) class will answer those questions. A new class will begin on Sunday, September 16, following the 9 a.m. Mass in the parish hall of St. Mark’s, corner of Hyatt and Jefferson streets.

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 present a revealing guide for the structure of the Mass, the origins of the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary and the role of the Blessed Mother Mary in the Catholics Church. We will also look at the intricate hierarchy of the Church – from nuns and monks to bishops and the Pope,” said Fr. Chappidi. “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?”

The class will take participants on a tour of Catholic customs.

“During the class we will answer your 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,” said Fr. Chappidi. “Classes are somewhat informal and within the bounds of common courtesy and scheduling will allow participants to find the answers to any questions about the Church they might have. We also encourage St. Mark’s parishioners who might want a refresher on the richness of the Roman Catholic faith.”

Interested persons should call Denise Adams, church secretary, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays and leave their names and phone numbers with her at 367-2848.