Sign up for email alerts from The Monitor | Diocese of Trenton
The Monitor | Diocese of Trenton, NJ  
Advanced Search


home : news : our diocese November 17, 2018


2/23/2018
What are the Rite of Sending and Rite of Election?
Committed To Christ -- Catechumen Andrew Margolies of Visitation Parish, Brick, signs the Book of the Elect during the parish’s Rite of Sending ceremony held the morning of Feb. 18. Jeff Bruno photo
 

Committed To Christ -- Catechumen Andrew Margolies of Visitation Parish, Brick, signs the Book of the Elect during the parish’s Rite of Sending ceremony held the morning of Feb. 18. Jeff Bruno photo

 

Sent Forth With Blessings • Before heading to St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, for the Rite of Election, the catechumens from Visitation Parish, Brick, participate in the Rite of Sending ceremony held earlier in the day. Jeff Bruno photo

Sent Forth With Blessings • Before heading to St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, for the Rite of Election, the catechumens from Visitation Parish, Brick, participate in the Rite of Sending ceremony held earlier in the day. Jeff Bruno photo


When adults wish to become members of the Catholic Church, they must participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA. As a part of that process, several events take place in front of the congregational body of the Church, two of which are the Rite of Sending and the Call to Continuing Conversion, and the Rite of Election.

Near or on the first Sunday of Lent in the Diocese of Trenton, catechumens – those who will be baptized, confirmed and receive First Eucharist during the Easter Vigil – are first recognized by what will become their parish community.  During Mass attended with their sponsors, they are prayed for, blessed and sent forth to the Rite of Election. This next rite happens later in the day, this year at St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, where Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., received the catechumens. The catechumens sign the Book of the Elect, a formal record of the names of those from the parish who are preparing for Baptism.

Candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church – those baptized Christians who wish to become full members of the Catholic Church – are recognized in a parallel Rite, the Call to Continuing Conversion. These Christians are called to ongoing conversion as they prepare for Confirmation and Eucharist.

 “When a catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for Baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election,” states the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

“The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the catechumens seeking Baptism at the coming Easter Vigil,” the site continues. “The catechumens publicly express their desire for Baptism to the diocesan bishop.”

This year in the Diocese of Trenton, there are 185 elect and 460 candidates, 95 of whom are non-Catholic and 365 who have been baptized as Catholics.

 

 



Related Stories:
• At Rite of Election, Bishop assures catechumens 'time of fulfillment' is at hand




Subscription Login
LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE

From the Bishop
Pope Francis







ACA_2018_WebAd_bottom_12.5x2_WEB.jpg

The Monitor, 701 Lawrenceville Road, P.O. Box 5147, Trenton, NJ 08638-0147 | PHONE: 609-406-7404 | FAX: 609-406-7423 | Monitor@DioceseofTrenton.org

Copyright © 2018 | TrentonMonitor.com | All Rights Reserved.
Any use of materials on this website, including reproduction, modification or distribution without the prior written consent of the Diocese of Trenton is strictly prohibited.

Software © 1998-2018 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved