March 1, 2017 (Louisville, KY) – Five hundred and six individuals who are preparing to enter the Roman Catholic Church will be recognized during the “Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion” liturgies at two locations. The first will be on Saturday, March 4, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption (433 South Fifth Street). The second will be on Sunday, March 5, 2:30 p.m. at Saint Peter the Apostle Church (5431 Johnsontown Road).
During this rite, the Catholic 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. These individuals will formally enter the Church at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday (April 15, 2017) or at other liturgies during the year.
These men, women, and children from 55 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:
- 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 will be presented to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz at the Rite of Election. There are 227 catechumens.
- 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 279 candidates.
CONTACT: Cecelia H. Price at 502-585-3291 or 502-417-7187.