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Rite of Election at St Mary's Cathedral This Sunday

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
12 Feb 2016

Rite of Election at St Mary's Cathedral Sunday, 14th February at 2pm.

The Archdiocesan Rite of Election for those who will be baptised at Easter will take place at St Mary's Cathedral this Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent.

The 228 Catechumens, those preparing for Baptism at Easter and 49 Candidates, those already Baptised and who are son to be received into the Catholic Church, will be accompanied by their godparents and sponsors, priests, parishioners, family and friends.

In all there will be approximately 780 people from 37parishes and migrant communities of the Archdiocese, including the Korean Catholic Community, Vietnamese Catholic Community, Indonesian Catholic Community and the Chinese Catholic Past oral Centre.

Auxiliary Bishop Terry Brady will be presiding at the Rite of Election in the Cathedral at 2pm.

The Rite of Election or Enrolment of Names is the second major liturgical rite of the RCIA process and usually coincides with the start of Lent. This rite closes the period of the catechumenate, the lengthy period of formation of the catechumen's minds and hearts. It also marks the beginning of the final, more intense spiritual preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

During this second 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 towards 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 enrolment of names because as a pledge of fidelity the catechumens inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect that lists those who have been chosen for initiation.

After the election, 'the elect' are surrounded with prayer as they continue their RCIA journey in the period of Purification and Enlightenment. Along with the local faith community, the Lenten season is a time for spiritual recollection in preparation for the celebration of the Easter mysteries. It is a period of more intense spiritual preparation and interior reflection intended to purify and enlighten the minds and hearts of the elect leading to reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil in their local parish.

Auxiliary Bishop Terry Brady

During Sunday's celebration Candidates are also presented to the Bishop. Already part of the Elect by virtue of their Baptism, the candidates openly declare their readiness and desire to be received into the Catholic Church by way of receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

Hundreds of adults choose to become Catholic every year and it is an occasion of great joy for the Archdiocese to celebrate this significant step in their faith journey together at the Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent.

Those coming into the Church come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Many, especially young adults, are led to faith as they feel something is missing in their lives or have contemplated more deeply the meaning of life. Others discover the faith through the Christian witness of colleagues, family or friends.

If you could include the contact details of the Catechumenate Office for anyone interested in finding out about becoming Catholic and the RCIA  can contact the Catechumenate Office
on 9307 8499 or rcia@sydneycatholic.org.au