Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
March 10, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Two locations:

St. Peter Cathedral, Erie
230 W. 10th St., Erie
Bishop Lawrence Persico, JCL, presiding

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Clearfield
211 S. Second St., Clearfield
Rev. Msgr. Edward M. Lohse, JCD, Vicar General

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, 2019 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 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 March 1, 2019.

Download/print these RCIA forms for:
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. Ask them to report to the front of the church as soon as they arrive.

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:
  1. Please identify your group to the people helping with seating. They will assist your parish in finding their places in the Church. 
  2. Have the presenter who will read the names of your catechumens and candidates report to the coordinator in the front of Church.
  3. Check the list for accuracy and assist with making any changes.
  4. Ask the presenter, who will read the names, to sit in the front of 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:

Matthew Clark
Office of Worship  

Coordinator for the Eastern Vicariate Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ
Coordinator Christian Initiation 
Coordinator for St. Peter Cathedral
Additional resources: How To Become A Catholic Christia
If you are interested in the Catholic Church, contact a parish near you. You will be invited to meet with a group of people like yourself who are inquiring about the Catholic faith. Many of your questions will be answered, and you will feel very much at home.
What do I do next?  If you desire to continue, you will enter a period of formation and instruction called the catechumenate. You will attend the liturgy of the Word at Mass each Sunday, and over a period of time come to discover the full meaning of Catholic life and belief.

How do I enter the Church?  At the end of this time, you will celebrate the Rite of Election in which the Bishop calls you to immediate preparation for baptism.

When am I baptized? Finally you will be baptized and confirmed at the Vigil of Easter, the night proceeding Easter Sunday.

Is there more? Following your becoming a Catholic, there is a period of continued faith sharing and instruction.

What if I am a baptized non-Catholic person?  Persons coming into the Church from other faith traditions (for example, Lutheran, Presbyterian, etc.) may not require involvement in the total process described above. This depends upon a number of factors, different in every case.

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:

Sr. Nancy Fischer, SSJ
Office of Christian Initiation and Evangelization
429 East Grandview Blvd.
P.O. Box 10397
Erie, PA 16514-0397

Phone: (814) 824-1217
Fax: (814) 824-1128
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