Peace be with you!
- On Saturday March 4th we traveled to Blessed Sacrament Cathedral for the Rite of Election of our RCIA participants preparing to enter the church at the Easter Vigil!
It was a wonderful Rite for catechumens, Michael Schneider and Amanda Graham who will be “fully initiated” (Baptized, Confirmed, Eucharist) at the Vigil! They are now called the Elect!
At the Rite they were called forward by name and signed the scroll which was placed in the Book of the Elect! The Bishop (Battersby) asked if they “wished to enter fully into the life of the Church through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist?” They answered “We do!”
Katherine Hastings was called to “Continuing Conversion” (already being baptized in another Christian faith) and will make a Profession of Faith at the Vigil and complete the Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist). Her sponsor affirmed the suitableness of this candidate to be called to continuing conversion! The Bishop then asked “Candidates do you wish to share fully in the Church’s sacraments of confirmation and the Eucharist? They answered “Yes, we do.”
- On the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sunday’s of Lent the Scrutiny’s will take place! The Elect will look into their lives and “scrutinize” any sin or weakness they are experiencing. They will also be encouraged to strengthen all that is strong and good!
Each Scrutiny is calling the unbaptized to a deeper conversion of their lives as they move toward the Easter Vigil. They are presented with the CREED of the church at the 1st Scrutiny and the LORD’S PRAYER at the 3rd Scrutiny. At each Scrutiny the assembly prays over these elect to successfully complete their long preparation and at the Paschal Feast find Christ in His sacraments!!
- During these weeks it is a great opportunity for all of us to do the same scrutinizing of our lives that the Elect will do.
Where in our life do we need to address sin and weakness?? Who haven’t we forgiven? Our good deeds will make us holy but our FORGIVENESS will get us into heaven!! Where are our strengths in living the faith? What can we do to make them even stronger and better during these weeks of fasting, prayer and almsgiving??
Remember that Spiritual warfare happens during the weeks of Lent as we turn our hearts and actions to Jesus. The devil is always trying to undermine us and create chaos where we are doing good! JESUS has won that fight but we must be mindful of evil in our lives!
God bless your Lenten journey with prayers for strength and healing!!
Karen Clor – DRE