All of us are on our Lenten journey to Easter, but that journey has very special meaning for those who have been preparing for baptism and reception into the Church as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.
Last week 786 catechumens who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil participated in the Rite of Election, a ceremony where the Bishop accepts their decision to enter into the final steps of their journey. The Rite of Election is always a happy occasion for a bishop, this was a particularly happy one for me because of the large number of the elect. It was necessary to hold four separate ceremonies in order to accommodate the catechumens, their sponsors and their families.
In addition to the 786 catechumens who will be baptized, there will be 1191 previously baptized Christians who will be making a profession of faith at the Easter Vigil and be received into the Church. Our parishes and our diocese will be blessed by the presence of these new Catholics.
Let us pray for them on this final phase of their journey and welcome them joyfully into our family at Easter