227 Persons Prepare to Become Members of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Youngstown at Easter
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00


NEWS RELEASE               144 West Wood Street,
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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor


FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT February 15, 2017
SUBJECT     227 Persons Prepare to Become Members of the Catholic Church in the
                      Diocese of Youngstown at Easter 

MORE INFO Office of Worship    330-744-8451

Within the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 227 men, women and children from fifty (50) parishes are preparing to become members of the Catholic Church at Easter.  Ninety-Seven (97) persons will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil on April 15; and one hundred and thirty  (130) persons who have already been baptized in other Christian traditions will make a profession of the Catholic faith and receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. 

For many months these persons have been participating in parishes throughout the diocese in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process through which they become familiar with the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Catholic way of life.  They also learn about and participate in the apostolic mission of the Church.

On the first Sunday of Lent, March 5, these persons will celebrate the Rite of Election at either St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown at 1:30 p.m. or St. Joseph Church in Canton at 6:00 p.m.  During these rites, they will be presented to Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown.  During the Rite of Election, godparents, sponsors and members of the assembly are asked to attest to the readiness of these men, women and children for the Sacraments of Initiation.  The candidates will then continue their final preparation for Easter in parishes throughout the diocese.  Along with all Catholics, they will observe the weeks of Lent as a time of spiritual recollection in anticipation of the great feast of Easter.

For more information, contact Rev. Michael D. Balash, Office of Worship, 330-744-8451, ext. 282.

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