Rite of Election

‘Rite of Election’ services
will be held Feb. 25 and 26

The Archdiocese of Louisville will hold two “Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion” ceremonies Feb. 25 and 26 for 465 people who are preparing to enter the Roman Catholic Church.

The first ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 25 at St. Patrick Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, and the seciond will be held at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St.

During this rite, the Church acknowledges God’s call to these participants to enter this faith tradition, gives testimony as to their readiness, and witnesses the participants’ acceptance of God’s call, a news release from the archdiocese Chancery noted. The individuals will formally enter the Church at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 7, or at other ceremonies during the year.

The men, women and children attending the “Rite of Election” this year are from 61 parishes throughout the archdiocese and have been participating in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for a year or more. The two groups involved are:

  • Candidates — those baptized in another Christian tradition whose baptism will be recognized by the Catholic Church. There are 243 candidates.
  • Catechumens — those who have never been baptized. Individuals in this group sign their names to the Book of the Elect. There are 222 catechumens.

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