• <p>A woman signs her name in the book of enrollment during the 2020 Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion ceremony at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads. (Courier file photo)  </p>

    A woman signs her name in the book of enrollment during the 2020 Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion ceremony at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads. (Courier file photo)

2021 Rite of Election will be Feb. 21 at Sacred Heart Cathedral

Gina Capellazzi/Catholic Courier    |    02.18.2021
Category: Local News


More than 50 participants in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program will move one step closer to becoming members of the Catholic Church Sunday, Feb. 21.

That’s when they will participate in the Diocese of Rochester’s Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will preside at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

As of Feb. 16, 22 catechumens — those who are preparing for the sacraments of baptism, first Eucharist and confirmation — and 30 candidates — those who previously have been baptized in recognized Christian rites and will receive the sacraments of first Eucharist and confirmation during the Easter Vigil — are signed up to participate in the Rite of Election, according to Don Smith, diocesan coordinator of sacramental catechesis and family life.

Only 150 people will be allowed in Sacred Heart Cathedral for the ceremony, Smith said, and each candidate and catechumen will be able to have his or her godparent or sponsor attend as well.

Due to the limited capacity at the cathedral, the Catholic Courier will livestream the Rite of Election on its YouTube channel.

Check back next week for more on this year’s Rite of Election.

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