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Dates and Sites Set for Rite of Election

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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.

On February 17, 2013, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate the Rite of Election at St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill; Reverend Monsignor David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese, will preside at the Rite at St. Peter Church in Greenville; and Very Reverend Carlos Arce, Vicar for Hispanics, will preside at the Rite in Spanish to be held at St. Mary Church in Goldsboro. All three services will be held at 4:00 p.m.

On February 24, Bishop Burbidge will celebrate the Rite to be held at Sacred Heart Church in Pinehurst; Msgr. Brockman will celebrate the Rite at St. Mark Church in Wilmington. The celebrations will be held at 4:00 p.m.

In most dioceses, the Rite is held in the Cathedral with the Bishop presiding. With more than 700 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 five parishes over a two-Sunday period, with Bishop Burbidge able to preside at only two of the ceremonies.