Within the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, one-hundred and seven (107) men, women and children from thirty-three (33) parishes are preparing to become members of the Catholic Church at Easter. Thirty-one (31) persons will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil on April 4; and seventy-six (76) persons who have already been baptized in other Christian traditions will make a profession of 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, February 21, those preparing to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, known as catechumens, will celebrate the Rite of Election at either Saint Columba Cathedral in Youngstown at 1:30 p.m. or Saint Joseph Church in Canton at 6:00 p.m. During this ceremony, they will be presented to the Most Reverend David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown and their godparent/sponsor and members of the assembly will be asked to attest to their readiness for the Sacraments of Initiation. Due to COVID restrictions, attendance is by invitation only and will be limited to insure safe distance and proper health protocols.
Those already baptized and seeking entrance into the Catholic Church, known as candidates, will continue their final preparation for Easter in their 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.