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Nearly 800 prepare to join the church at Easter

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A shorter version of this story appeared in our March print edition.

On Sunday, March 5, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati celebrated the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion with 770 adults and children seeking entrance into the Roman Catholic Church.

The Rite of Election is celebrated with those who are unbaptized and preparing to receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. The Call to Continuing Conversion is celebrated with those already baptized, but desiring to be received into the Roman Catholic Church. Additionally, baptized Catholics who are completing their initiation through the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist are also called to continuing conversion at this celebration.

The Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion marks the beginning of the season of Lent. This season of the church year is dedicated in a particular way to the final preparation period of these men, women, and children as they prepare to enter the Church.

The term “election” refers to the fact that God has chosen these catechumens for membership into Christ’s Body. During this public celebration, the church discerns their readiness and affirms their intention to advance toward the Easter sacraments.

Nearly 2,500 catechumens, candidates, parish members, family and friends will gather for these rites that mark this step on the journey of faith. These gatherings are one way in which the archbishop and auxiliary bishop can be involved in the initiation process of these soon-to-be Catholics. Also, it is an opportunity for those involved in the initiation process to experience a sense of being incorporated into the larger Roman Catholic community.

This year there were three celebrations: at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati, Bishop Joseph R. Binzer, presiding; and at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Dayton, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presiding

Parishes have been assigned to a particular celebration according to the deanery in which they are located.

As the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati gathers to celebrate God’s election and calling of these catechumens and candidates, let us pray that they, who have responded to the call of God in Christ, may continue to be about the Word and work of Christ in the world.

For information about RCIA and how to become catholic, call (513) 421-3131:

Ext. 2713 for Greater Cincinnati

Ext. 5041 for Greater Dayton

Ext. 7350 for the Sidney area

Or visit CatholicCincinnati.org and click on “Becoming Catholic”

Scripture Connection
Mark 1: 9-11 It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

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