The Easter season is beautiful not only because it reflects the resurrection of Christ, but also because the holy season provides us with the opportunity to welcome new members to our family of faith.
This year, 10 adults and one youth in the Rite of Christian Initiation process at St. Francis will be welcomed as full members of the Catholic Church during the Easter season. The catechumens, who have not yet been baptized, will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20. The candidates, who were baptized in the Catholic Church or another Christian denomination, will complete their initiation at the celebration of Confirmation and First Communion on May 11.
The catechumens and candidates have been receiving instruction in the beliefs and practices of the Church for the past several months. They also have been joining our community in worship through their participation at Mass. The season of Lent marks the final phase of their preparation for the sacraments, and is a time of reflection on their faith journey, not only in the past and present, but also in the future.
Recently, our catechumens and candidates celebrated the Rite of Election and the Rite of Calling to Continuing Conversion, respectively, with Cardinal Tobin and parishes across the archdiocese at the cathedral in Newark.
“As a catechist, I’m always inspired and humbled by the commitment of our catechumens and candidates,” said RCIA coordinator Aiessa Moyna. “We are blessed to have such dedicated people who are eager to part of our church, and they are blessed to have the support of a community as welcoming as St. Francis.” Please keep them in your prayers as they continue on their faithjourney during this holy season of Lent.