Archbishop Nelson Perez led three ceremonies for the Rite of Election and Continuing Call to Conversion Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 29-March 1, at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. The rites celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent formally ratify the readiness of catechumens (those preparing for baptism) and candidates for all the sacraments of initiation (baptism, Eucharist and confirmation), which they will receive this year at the Easter Vigil Mass or in the Easter season.

Over the weekend’s rites, 163 catchumens and 281 candidates along with their families and friends representing 96 parishes in the Philadelphia Archdiocese raised their prayers in the cathedral. The photos below are from the third of the three rites at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. (Photos by Sarah Webb)