Parish Practice

Step up to join the elect

06 March 2014 | by Paul Turner

With the start of Lent, people preparing to become Catholics will be attending the Rite of Election at cathedrals around the world. It marks the final stage in their formation which ends with reception into the Church at Easter The Rite of Election or Enrolment of Names has become a major event in most dioceses, but its connection to the parish can be easily lost.The outline of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) calls it the rite “by which the Church formally ratifies the catechumens’ readiness for the Sacraments of Initiation and the catechumens, now the elect, express the will to receive these sacraments”. It is called election “because the acceptance made by the Church is founded on the election by God, in whose name the Church acts” (RCIA

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