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Rite of Election Dates and Sites Announced

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The Rite of Election will be celebrated in the Diocese of Raleigh the first two Sundays of Lent. The Rite is a celebration of the Diocesan Church. During the Rite, Candidates and Catechumens who are answering God’s call have that call affirmed by the Church. They will enter into Full Communion with the Church in their respective parishes during the Easter Vigil, with the Catechumens receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

In most dioceses, the Rite is held in the Cathedral with the Bishop presiding. With more than 500 Candidates and Catechumens, their sponsors and families expected to attend this year’s ceremony, the 320-seat Sacred Heart Cathedral is unable to accommodate the gathering of what could be in excess of 2,000 people. Therefore, the Rite of Election will be celebrated in six parishes over a two Sunday period, with the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge able to preside at only two of the ceremonies.

On February 26, Bishop Burbidge will celebrate the Rite of Election at St. Peter Catholic Church in Greenville. Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese, will preside at the Rite at St. Anthony of Padua in Southern Pines; and Father Marcos Leon, V.F., will preside at the Rite to be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington. All three services will be held at 3:00 p.m.

On March 4, Bishop Burbidge will preside at the ceremony to be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill. Msgr. Brockman will celebrate the Rite at St. Mark Church in Wilmington, and Father James F. Garneau, V.F., will preside at the Rite at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Olive. The March 4 celebrations will be held at 4:00 p.m.