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Rite of Election Ceremonies Continue in Diocese

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The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be held once again this week at three more locations in the Diocese of Raleigh. The Rite and Call are a celebration of the Diocesan Church, presided in most Dioceses by the Bishop at the Cathedral. With some 900 Catechumens and Candidates entering the Church at this year’s Easter Vigil, the celebrations will be held at sites other than the 320-seat Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion are being celebrated at six churches over a two-Sunday period.  On February 26, 2012, the celebrations were held in Greenville, Southern Pines and Greenville. On March 4, the Rite and Call will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. at the following churches:

St. Thomas More, Chapel Hill
Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, Presiding

St. Mark, Wilmington
Rev. Msgr. David D. Brockman, V.G., Presiding

St. Mary, Mt. Olive (Spanish)
Very Rev. James F.  Garneau, V.F., Presiding

During the celebration, the Candidates (baptized) and Catechumens (unbaptized) take the next step in their spiritual journey. At the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the sacraments of initiation takes place with the former Catechumens, now called Elect, receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion. The Candidates (having already been baptized) only celebrate Confirmation and the Eucharist. The Elect are now called Neophytes, and they are considered to be full members of the Christian faithful.

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge during homily at Rite of Election held February 26 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Greenville. (Click image to view larger.)

Below: Bishop Burbidge signing the Book of the Elect during Rite of Election. (Click image to view larger.)