Our parish welcomed over 25 candidates for full entrance into the Catholic Church, our largest class in recent history. On the second Sunday of Advent, we held the Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming. The candidates were greeted at the door of the church and a sign of the cross was traced on their forehead.
"Dear friends, the Church joyfully welcomes today those who will be received into the order of catechumens. We also greet those who, already one with us by baptism, now wish to complete their initiation through confirmation and Eucharist and to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
For all of these, we give thanks and praise to the God who has led them by various paths to oneness in faith. My dear candidates, you are welcomed in the name of Christ."
Please keep all those preparing for baptism and confirmation this Easter vigil in your prayers.