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Diocese of San Jose Celebrates More Than 500 Catechumens at Rites of Election


Led by Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantú, two in liturgies, the Diocese of San Jose celebrated the Rite of Election for close to 500 Catechumens on March 10 & 11, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. At the Easter Vigil these men, women and children will be welcomed into the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation.

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.

The catechumens inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect as a declaration of their intent. The catechumens then began 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 (penitential rites) and the presentation of the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer take place. 

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

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