All are invited to celebrate the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion on Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m.
This rite of the Church begins the fourth period of the RCIA process, which is called the Period of Purification and Enlightenment. “The elect will be encouraged to follow Christ with greater generosity (RCIA, 118). At this . . . step, on the basis of the testimony of godparents and catechists and of the catechumens’ reaffirmation of their intention, the Church judges their state of readiness and decides on their advancement toward the sacraments of initiation. Thus the Church makes its ‘election,’ that is, the choice and admission of those catechumens who have the dispositions that make them fit to take part, at the next major celebration, in the sacraments of initiation. This step is called election because the acceptance made by the Church is founded on the election by God, in whose name the Church acts. The step is also called the enrollment of names becuase as a pledge of fidelity the candidates [for election] inscribe their names in the book that lists those who have been chosen for initiation” (RCIA, 119).