Local church to welcome hundreds of new Catholics during Easter Vigil - Catholic Courier

Local church to welcome hundreds of new Catholics during Easter Vigil

The Diocese of Rochester plans to welcome 403 people into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil April 3. These people have expressed their desire to become Catholic and spent the past few months learning about their faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Mary Dundas, diocesan coordinator of evangelization and sacramental catechesis, said 223 of those people are candidates, or people who were baptized in Catholic or recognized Protestant rites but have not received their first Eucharist or been confirmed. Sixty-one of those candidates are children, she said.

The other 180 people preparing for the Easter Vigil are catechumens, or people who were never baptized and will receive the sacraments of baptism, Eucharist and confirmation during the vigil. Sixty-two of these are children, Dundas said.

Catholics are called to reach out to these people and welcome them into the church, Dundas said. In February the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a list of 10 suggested ways for Catholics to welcome their newfound brothers and sisters into the church. The bishops urged Catholics to show their support for the candidates and catechumens by attending the Easter Vigil, and later by encouraging the neophytes to take active roles in parish ministries.

For the full list of suggestions, visit www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-032.shtml.

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