Rite of Election

For Christians, Lent is a time of prayer, penance, fasting and almsgiving. But for candidates and catechumens on a journey through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Lent also involves significant steps toward full communion with the Catholic Church, culminating at the Easter Vigil. One such step for candidates and catechumens is participating in a Mass celebrating the Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will celebrate two of these liturgies at St. Mary Our Mother in Horseheads at 1 p.m. and Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester at 7 p.m.  March 1.

In this video, RCIA participants from across the diocese came together for the 2016 Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion that was held at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano celebrated the liturgy, during which catechumens were invited to enroll their names in the Book of the Elect and candidates stood to be recognized. Bishop Matano greeted all those in attendance.