Increased numbers choose to join Catholic Church
Last Sunday over 30 people gathered with Archbishop Christopher for the Rite of the Elect at St Christopher’s Cathedral.
That represents the third largest group choosing to become Catholics over the last 23 years.
This is an ancient, beautiful ritual that is a part of an individual’s journey in becoming a Catholic.
During this time, some of ‘the elect’ shared about how Jesus had been working in their lives over some time to draw them to this place.
One gentleman mentioned that he just started dropping into St Patrick’s at Braddon for some quiet during lunch. He was so inspired by the Priest’s preaching that he decided that he wanted to become Catholic.
The Rite of the Elect is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and relates to adults wishing to become Catholic. Where there are both Elect (unbaptised) and Candidates (baptised) in a Parish there is the option of a combined Rite.
This Rite is also known by the formal title of The (Combined) Celebration at the Easter Vigil of the Sacraments of Initiation and of the Rite of Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.
When we include those from rural areas, who were unable to attend, we are probably looking at over 50 people wanting to join the Church in 2019.
The church is alive and well.