It was a bonus to come to a parish four years ago that did a year-round catechumenate. What’s that, you ask? Simply that we are focused on evangelization and welcoming twelve months a year. Not just in the Fall.
And when unbaptized inquirers are ready, we celebrate the Rite of Acceptance. It can happen at any time during the year, as it did at 8:30 Mass this morning. The pews empty somewhat so the newcomers are surrounded by their new community as they enter the church.
Left, our pastor Fr Jon Seda greets two new members of God’s household. They encounter the cross of Christ for the first time (ritually).
Below and right, our new members experience the Signing of the Senses.