Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated the Rite of Election at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul last weekend, Feb. 16-17. In the rite, catechumens — people who are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation in the Catholic Church including baptism, first communion and confirmation — are presented to the Archbishop. He then deems them “the elect,” and they continue their preparation to receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass at their parishes.
In the photos below, catechumens greet the Archbishop.
In his homily, Archbishop Chaput told the catechumens and their sponsors and friends that “the Bible is at the heart of our faith as disciples of Jesus Christ,” and “the Word of God is precious and central to our lives as Christians.”
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