Last Saturday, at our 10a.m. Mass, we celebrated a shortened version of the Easter Vigil. At that Holy Mass we celebrated the welcome into our parish family of nine new parishioners.
A “candidate” is someone who has been Baptised in another Christian denomination, but now wishes to become a Catholic. A “Catechumen” is an adult who has never been Baptised.
During the Easter Vigil, catechumens are Baptised, Confirmed and receive their First Holy Communion. In our diocese and in our parish, Candidates receive a warm welcome (on behalf of Pope Francis and Archbishop John) into the parish family and receive First Holy Communion and Confirmation,
Our sincere thanks go to the parish R.C.I.A team. They did a tremendous job of welcoming and supporting our New Seekers. The quality of teaching was spot on and an introduction to prayer was first class.
When we have the opportunity, we will present our new parishioners to the parish family in a more formal welcome.
In unity with St. Teresa, Dear Lord, we pray for all our new Catholics. May they be strengthened and blessed in our Catholic faith and grow ever closer to You. Help us to support them through prayer and friendships and use us and them, according to Your Holy Will, to lead others home to the Catholic Church.