62 people were welcomed into the Catholic Church on Saturday 17 February by Bishop Declan at Clifton Cathedral.
The Rite of Election is a significant step for those who want to be received into the Catholic Church – preparing to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist at Easter. After the candidates have completed their formation in the Catholic faith, the Rite of Election is celebrated by Bishop Declan who chooses them and elects them in the name of the Lord and of the local Church to which they belong.
The call, the election, of the Church embodies in human voice the call of God to which the candidates have already responded. They are then asked to express their response here and now in the presence of the Church “Do you wish to enter fully into the life of the Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist?” They respond “We do.”
The candidates then inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect. This signifies that they have heard God call their name and wish to respond to his call.
Below you can see the candidates and many of the sponsors at the Cathedral being received by Bishop Declan. Phil Gibbons spoke with some of the candidates, sponsors and families afterward and you can hear that podcast on the right of this page along with Bishop Declan’s Homily: