Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
In each location, the rituals will be incorporated into a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word. A Liturgy of the Eucharistic will not be celebrated in either location. Please remember that only those who will, in fact, be initiated or received into the Church at Easter, 2017 are to celebrate the Rite of Election or Call to Continuing Conversion. No one is to be received into the church at the Vigil who has not participated in this ritual.
Bishop Persico and Bishop Trautman would again like to invite all participating priests to vest and join him in the opening procession. Seating in or near the sanctuary will be designated for those priests who process. Please complete and return the form, Note to Clergy, with your other lists.
Pastors please note: These instructions are NOT being sent to RCIA/Catechumenate Directors. PLEASE BE SURE THE APPROPRIATE PERSON RECEIVES THEM IMMEDIATELY. Completed forms are due back by February 20, 2017.
Godparents and sponsors—Those who will act as godparents to the catechumens and sponsors to the candidates should be present at the Rite of Election/Call to Continuing Conversion. Other members of your team, family members, and parishioners are most welcome to attend.
Name tags—Please provide name tags for all of your candidates and catechumens.
Presenter— Select ahead of time the person from your parish team who will read the names of the candidates and catechumens as they are presented.
The Book of the Elect—Remember that only the catechumens sign the Book of the Elect during the Rite of Election. The names of all other participants (candidates) will be read aloud as they are greeted individually by the Bishop. Also, note, that the signing of the book is omitted in the Rite of Sending at the individual parishes, since it will be done at the Rite of Election. The optional Declaration of Intention may be used in the parish.
When you arrive at the Church:
We look forward to being with you for this important celebration with our newest sisters and brothers. The Lenten journey of our candidates is the model for all of us who will renew our baptismal commitment at Easter.
If we can be of assistance do not hesitate to e-mail us:
Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ
Additional resources: How To Become A Catholic Christian
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We assist pastors and catechists throughout the diocese in implementing the Rite of Christian Initiation (the process by which people become members of the Catholic community.
If you have questions and need answers on any aspect of the Rite, let us be of help to you: