Diocese of San Jose Celebrates 496 Catechumens at Rites of Election

Diocese of San Jose Celebrates 496 Catechumens at Rites of Election

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By Liz Sullivan

Stretched over three days, the Diocese of San Jose held the Rites of Election on March 5-7 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. The Diocese is preparing to welcome 496 men, women and children into the Church with their baptisms Easter weekend.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2158: “God calls each one by name. Everyone’s name is sacred. The name is the icon of the person. It demands respect as a sign of the dignity of the one who bears it.”

The Rite of Election closes the Period of Catechumenate during which time the catechumens (or one being instructed) receive catechetical (religious education), spiritual and liturgical training.

At the Rite of Election, usually coinciding with the first Sunday of Lent, there is testimony of sponsors and catechists and the catechumens’ affirmation of their intention to join the Church. Then the Church makes its “election” of these catechumens to receive the Sacraments of initiation.

In the presence of a priest, the catechumens inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect as a pledge of fidelity. Then the catechumens begin a Period of Purification and Enlightenment, the final and intense preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. Over the course of the next five Sundays of Lent, three scrutinies (rites for self-searching and repentance) and the presentation of the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer take place. This period concludes with the celebration of Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

“Your election today has consequences that will be with you, and us, the rest of your lives for today we promise you that you will be among those to celebrate the Easter Sacraments, and today you promise that you will continue to walk in the ways of the Lord,” said celebrant Monsignor Francis V. Cilia. “You will be our teachers living our life in Christ. We congratulate you; we thank you, your sponsors and your families.”

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph
Angalyssa Bosco
Alexandra Campos
Giovanni Carrillo Pimental
Andrea Cedillo
Moises DeAnda Torres
Christopher Diaz Cruz
Demely Gomez Hernandez
Mia Lazaro
Adrian Licea, Jr.
Isabella Mejia
Jestin Motilla
Roberto Carlos Ochoa
Dayanara Pimental Virelas
Diana Itzel Reyes Vazquez
Jaqueline Sandoval Hernandez
David Jesus Soriano
Derek Micheal Torrence
Christian Ventura
Maribel Villareal
Kaylie Zapian
Chelsea Zapian
Chase Andrew Benoit
Matthew J. Clifford
Danny Peralez, Jr.

Christ the King
Rene De’Angelo Aviña
Diana Estrada Joya
Khoa Van Nguyen
Stefany M. Ortíz Guadrón
Anthony Ortíz Gutiérrez
Francisco J. Preciado Vazquez
Angie Zulema Reyes
Hector Reyes Caballero
Fátima Sánchez Pineda

Church of the Resurrection
Chinnie Li

Church of the Transfiguration
Benjamin Tong
Halen McCleary
Gabriel Quaresma
Jazzlyn Reynolds
Michaela Sparry

Holy Cross
Angelina Avila
Sondra Bazzoti
Sophie Guzman

Holy Family
Jonathan Weirshauer
Megan Weirshauer
Rochelle Driz
James Robb
Steven Yee

Holy Korean Martyrs
Hyangsuk An
Sungsoo Ahn
Hyun ah Shin
Sue Park
Paul jongsoo Park
Young Han Cha
Kaely W. Yoon
Kay Yoon
Hyewon Ji
Youngyeon Jang
JooYoung Lee
YounHyoung Heo
Jae-hong Lim
Hye-seon Min
Seongchae Lim
Yeongchae Lim
Jae Y. Choi
Jungho Kim
Dohee Kim
HyongEuk Lee
Minyoung Choi
David Le
Sang Lee
Yi Wang
Kris Thornton
Hyungjun Ahn
Bomin Kim
Joon Hong
Ethan S Lee
Olivia Dabi Park

Holy Spirit
Jackie Wie
Samuel Tian
Amber Myers
Arnold Wikey
Kevin Kauinana
Greenlee Kauinana
Kelly Kauinana
Chance Kauinana
Ethan Payne
Sean Payne

Most Holy Trinity
Peter Lai
David Le
Quang Hanh Luu
Thinh Luu
Duy Bao Quynh Ngo
Ba Khanh Nguyen
Tammy Nguyen
Hoang Long Nguyen
Thi Ngoc Như Nguyen
Kacie Nguyen
Bui Minh Khôi Nguyen
Thi Chin Tran
Lynne Tran
Shannon Le Vo
Isalynn Thy-Nga Vo
Hieu Co Vuong
Jessica Garcia
Kristofer Pinula
Alexander Talbot
Anthony Hunter Calvillo
Alliyah Adrina Calvillo
Luna Mar Canela
Gael Medina
Vanesa Fuentes
Sergio Rodríguez

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Ernestina Karina Barraza
Christian Jacob Escobar
Genoveva Socorro Garcia
Mark Anthony Garcia
Giovanni Guizar Jimenez
Julian L. Guizar Jimenez
Aiden Herrera
Lucero Manzo Aguilar
Anette Martinez Arellanes
Bladimir Martinez Arellanes
Katherine Fabiola Martinez
Aaliyah Angelique Ortiz
Maria Ramirez
Christian Rojas Reyes
Denice Sanchez
Leonardo Silva
Gloria Camacho
Juan Carlos Mendes
Jenifer Vasquez Perez

Our Lady of LaVang
Angela Phan
Ba Duong
Christina Phan
Duong Pham
Duy Nguyen
Hai Cam
Hao Le
Hong Vo
Huyen Nguyen
Kiet Su
Lien Vu
Minh Nguyen
Nga Nguyen
Ngoc Trinh
Sanh Ly
Thao Nguyen
Thy Nguyen
Thong Le
Ty Nguyen
Wing Kwok

Our Lady of Peace
Kyle Chapin
Evelyn Curiel
Alexander Kuettel
Nancy Kuettel
Danielle Kutchuk
Jacqueline Lopez
Ronnie Lozano
Emily Ortega
Angelina Perez
Anthony Perez
Martin A. Gomez Rodriguez
Priscilla J. Gomez Rodriguez
Peter Rodriguez

Our Lady of Refuge
Ann Necesario
Araceli Ambrosio
Be Nguyen
David Nguyen
Edward Romero
Jazmin Carmona
Jennifer Truong
Kaori Usami
Karen Machuca
Kevin Nguyen
Khanh Nguyen
Ken Membreve
Luis Morales
Roberto Carmona
Romeo Peralta Sigaran
SaulMorales
Steve Nguyen
Thuy Nguyen
Toan Tran
Vu Le

Our Lady Star of the Sea
Raul Armando Arredondo
Fernando Damian Chavez
Hailey Selen Chavez
Miguel A. Garcia
Edwin Higuera Nava
Antonio Jose Jimenez
Henry Maciel
Tatyanna Maciel
Jesus Martinez
Brandon Saul Orozco
Joselyne Orozco
Emily Plaza
Luis Ramirez Rivera Rangel
Jessica Rodriguez
Jocelyn Soria
Johnathan Soria
Liliana Maria Tapia
Isaias Tenahua Ramirez
Gerardo Manuel Hernandez

Queen of Apostles
Christine Bass
Jennifer McGuire
Aidan Yannone
Alyssa Jones
Alana Jones
Amber Le
Deakon Le

Sacred Heart, Saratoga
Kenneth Sue
Lily Ho
Justin Sue
Gabriel Ballestrasse
Noah Ballestrasse
Bianca Sutioso
Lauren Sutioso

Sacred Heart of Jesus
Carly Pimentel
Gustavo Malvaes Baeza
Citlalli Noriega Barragan
Saul Pinto Navarrete
Yahira Michelle Farias
Daniela Ponce
Alyna Bravo
Aidan Hernandez
Kenneth Herrera
Valdemar Sanchez

Saint Anthony
Jessica Sheehan

Saint Athanasius
Carlos Huesca
Miguel Rodriguez
Celsa Rodriguez

Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Savitri Hardesty
Elizabeth Gonzalez
Lizette Gonzalez
Jennifer Lecheler
Adriana Montoya
Yesenia Agaton Garcia
Yesenia Aguilar
Isis Albarran
Oscar Arellano
Alina Cabrera
Brianna Caspary
Austin Foley
Evan Garcia
Alexander Jarquín
Elias Martinez-Campos
Isabella Martinez-Campos
José Mendoza
Samantha Mendoza
Daniel Ramirez
Paulina Salinas
Sarah Villaruel

Saint Christopher
Lisa Andresen
Elizabeth Lenarz
Jeannette MacCracken
Libby Rosenbaum
Kenneth Gordon

Saint Clare of Assisi
Steven Haryono
Dahlia Gabriela Onsurez
Sally Michelle Riccitiello

Saint Cyprian
Alexa Medina Aldeman
Sophie Vo
Jacob Torres

Saint Elizabeth
Cuong Pham
Khoa Hong
Nhat Nguyen
Nhung Pham
Tho-Tho Thi Nguyen
Maria Marthe Thu-Van Ly
Thong Truong
Jacob Lima-Navarro

Saint Frances Cabrini
Ashley Correia
Heather Soares
James Towner
Emily Iburg
Austin Iburg
Leia Gregory
Colin Gregory
Gino Cresci

Saint Francis of Assisi
Anthony Chu
Dennis Do
Dylan Kwok
Darren Kwok
Thinh Nguyen
Silvia Nguy
Chloe Nguyen
Natalie Nguyen
Brandon Nguyen
Barbara O’Grady
Johnson Phan
Arathi Ranga
Matthew Salzman

Saint John the Baptist
Vinh Luc
Poonam Hajare
Tram Nguyen
Mai Ngoc Thi Pham
Jaden Parker Nguyen

Saint John Vianney
Cinthya Camacho
Daniel Camacho
Jesus Rosales Espinoza
Cruz Lopez
Cittaly Mendoza
Marcia Peraza
Noah Perez
Marilyn Rivas

Saint Joseph, Mtn. View
Manuel Alejandro Contreras
Myra Alejandra Contreras
Byron Eduardo Gonzalez Diaz
Madeleine S. Hernandez Bazan
Mary Medina
Samuel C. Mendoza
Vicky K. Oblitas Quinonez
Naraly Serrano
Felipe Varelas
Balvina Cortez Valencia
Ana Candonaza
Rosa Maria Calderon Alvarez
Annatais Calderon Alvarez
Kaori Cazarez
Cleotilde Pascual Escobedo
Javier Salomon Lopez Bucio
Paul Traore
Reshmina Prasad
Chris Joshua Duenas
Aracely Escobedo
Jonathan Tong
Kylie Brown
Emma Luise A. Accedillo
Elena Gutierrez

Saint Joseph of Cupertino
May Abercrombie
Makayla Amador
Connor Brock
Donna Cleveland
Jonibek Karinov
Alison Kemp
Bradley Kemp
Brian Kim
May Leong
Cade McDevitt
Nancy Saputra

Saint Julie Billiart
Jesus Eduardo Montes
Jose Isabel Felix Galvan
Alejandra Ramos
Alejandro Alberto Justo
Jorge Eduardo Justo
Jazmine Fernandez
Paola Perez
Yareli Tiburcio

Saint Justin
Liz Long
Alexander Clucas
Celeste Vargas
Varun Pal
Toby Yeung
Nyla Gbassa
Romello Gbassa
Avery Swanson
Owen Swanson
Gabrael Calderon-Aguero

Saint Lawrence the Martyr
Shasta Krasniewicz
Grace Krasniewicz
Gayle Wholley
Melinda Brown
Leon Nguyen
Brian Nguyen
Christopher Medina Ucan
Sofia Silva
Emely G. Cisneros Montano
Isabella Janelly Martinez
Angela V. Zepeda Izaguirre
Pablo Cesar Samano Varela
Kevin Martinez Guzman
Omar A. De Santiago Ramirez
Elkin Villalobos
Ashley-Lynn Bashinger

Saint Lucy
Arianeh Arias
Ariely Arias
Shawn Aminirad
Ana Karen Ayala
Anabella Bueno
Hector Echeverria
Juan Gomez
Nolan Harris
Isaih Joseph Lopez
Joshua Diego Lopez
Megan Madrigal
Gabriel Martinez
Maria Martinez
Kevin Merino
Asif Mounnadin
Alexander Norberto Maya
Brian Olivares
Armando Ramirez
Alan Giancarlos Salazar
Alondra Agripina Salazar
Jonathan Eduardo Salazar

Saint Maria Goretti
Maria Elena Garcia
Ruby Garcia
Karina Martinez
Ruby Mata
Miracles Ramirez
Natalia Rodriguez
Don Nguyen
Franklin Truong Nguyen
Tiffany Thanh Nguyen
Linh Duy Nguyen
Hoa Nguyen
Loan Kim Nguyen
Đuc Thong Minh Phan
Phuong Nam Bui
Khanh Van Trinh
Nhu-Thao Nu Ton
Dung Thuy Nguyen
Phat Quang Le
Quan Co Phuong
Cuc Thu Nguyen

Saint Martin, Sunnyvale
Duyen Bich Thi Le
Billy Cam
Nicholas Cam
Jose Deluna
Hensley Guzman
Daniella Martinez
Esteban Martinez
Elsa Pimentel
Cam Thuy Do
Claudia Yessenia Zamora
Brenda B. Martinez Zamora

Saint Martin of Tours
Pamela Schlimmer
Juliana Van Meter

Saint Mary, Gilroy
Carissa Allinson
Dylan Allinson
Kylie Gitmed
Donny Gooding
Melissa Gooding
Amanda Hernandez
Victoria Hernandez
Lysandra Jaimes
David Krupczak
Mariana López
Bryan Marmolejo
Salvador Orozco
Suzette Oviedo
Jaslen Padilla
Victoria M. Perez
Oscar Ponce
Kimberly Sánchez
Katie Urias
Dominic Valentine
Nicholas Valentine
Diego Vásquez
Santos Zapien

Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception
Kenneth Alberi
Kevin Alberi
Kenneth Gutierrez
Jonah Kenzler
Makayla Kenzler
Betsy Meeker
Lena Shuhart
Charlene Staricco
Robert Valentine

Saint Nicholas & Saint William
Jennifer Rickard
Taylor Naporano
Franco Zubiria
Lauren Hsueh
Stefan Hsueh

Saint Simon
Jennifer Carroll

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Natalie Chan

Saint Thomas of Canterbury
Julia Derse
Jordan Derse

Saint Victor
Christopher De Vera
Linda Hong-Lam
Lindsey Li
Angela Enchin Lee
Andrea Wu
Calvin Ly
Connie Ly
Cassie Ly
Joseph Angelo Laplaca
Weiyi Li
Athikar Muong
Shwu Lan Tuan
Lina Nguyen

San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission
Monica Hsiao
Fan Chen
Hui Chang
Clara Cheng
Ching Wong
Maisy Wong
PongKuo Hsueh
LiChun Li
LiCheng Li
ChinJin Yang
Hui Chang
Osman Cheng
Emily Yang
Stella Yang

Santa Clara University
Allison Bruner

Santa Teresa
Kyahana Robinson