February 26, 2020 (Louisville, KY) – On Sunday, March 1, 2020, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. will preside at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, at which he will recognize three hundred eighty individuals who are preparing to enter the Roman Catholic Church. This event will take place at Saint Bernadette Parish (6500 St. Bernadette Avenue, Prospect, Ky.) at 2:30 p.m.

During this rite, the Church acknowledges God’s call to these participants to enter the Catholic faith tradition, gives testimony as to their readiness, and witnesses the participants’ acceptance of God’s call. They formally enter the Church at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday (April 11, 2020) or at other liturgies during the year.

These men, women, and children from 52 parishes have been participating in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for a year or more. There are two groups involved:

  1. Catechumens – those who have never been baptized: The individuals in this group sign their names to the Book of the Elect. By signing their names to this book, the participants are stating that they intend to enter the Catholic faith through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The Book of the Elect is presented to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz at the Rite of Election. There are 174 catechumens.
  2. Candidates – those baptized in another Christian tradition whose baptism will be recognized by the Catholic Church: The individuals in this group make a profession of faith and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. There are 206 candidates.

For information, call: Cecelia Price at 502/585-3291 (office) or 502/417-7187 (cell).

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