The adults seeking to find out about the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) have been continuing their journey begun last year with a period of learning more about the word of God, the teachings of the Church, the community, prayer and apostolic works of service for others.
A few weeks ago, we celebrated the Rite of Sending during which the Saint Anne community pledged its prayers and support and formally sent the Catechumen for the Rite of Election and the Candidates for the Call to Continuing Conversion at Holy Name Cathedral. On March 1st, the group embarked on the period of purification and enlightenment with the Celebration of these Rites. Bishop John Manz presided over the inspirational prayer service at the Cathedral and greeted every Catechumen and Candidate. A milestone in the RCIA process, the Church formally ratified the Catechumen’s readiness for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), and the Candidates’ readiness to be received into full Communion with the Catholic Church. The Catechumen, having been enrolled in the Book of Life and recognized by the Bishop, is now called “The Elect”.
Enclosed in this issue of the Clarion, you will find a prayer card. The name on your card is the name of the Catechumen or one of the Candidates. During the weeks of Lent, please offer prayers for all of them and especially for the person on your prayer card.
Congratulations to the Catechumen and Candidates as they continue their journey to Easter!