Bishop Kulick welcomes Catechumens and Candidates at Rite of Election Liturgy

GREENSBURG – Feb. 26 – During a Liturgy on the first Sunday of Lent, Bishop Larry J. Kulick celebrated the Rite of Election for those participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation and the  Call to Continuing Conversion for those baptized Christians seeking to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Catechumens are preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass in their parishes. During the Rite of Election, Bishop Kulick enrolled names of the more than 20 catechumens in the Book of the Elect. Now known as the Elect, they will continue their preparations through Lent with prayer, study and spiritual direction, along with the prayers of their parish communities.

More than 30 candidates, who are already baptized and who want to be received into the Catholic Church, were also welcomed by Bishop Kulick at the Liturgy. They will also be received into full communion with the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil Mass in their parishes.

During the Liturgy at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Bishop Kulick thanked the catechumens and candidates for listening to and responding to God’s call.

“May He continue to pour forth his grace and fill you with joy and zeal to go forward as an intentional disciple of Christ,” Bishop Kulick added.


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