On the First Sunday of Advent, St. Thomas More welcomed those who will be received into the Church during the Easter Vigil. At the beginning of the 9 o’clock Mass, Father Bill welcomed eight catechumens and six candidates [for continuing conversion]. Addressing each catechumen, Fr. Bill asked, “what do you ask of God’s Church?” to which they replied, “faith.” Father continued by asking, “what does faith offer you?” One by one they answered, “eternal life.” Father Bill traced the sign of the cross on their foreheads and then invited their sponsors to trace the sign of the cross on their senses as he prayed with them. Following the homily, each RCIA participant was presented a Bible as a sign of their embrace of God’s word.
Catechumens are those who have yet to be baptized. They will continue attending formation sessions at the parish until they receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil on March 31, 2018. Candidates, those who have been baptized but have not received their First Eucharist or Confirmation, will be also continue their formation and receive First Communion at the Vigil. They will be confirmed in April at the parish celebration of Confirmation when the Most Reverend Martin Amos will confer the sacrament upon them and those in our 8th grade confirmation class.
The catechumens and candidates will continue to be present at periodic parish liturgies during the time of their formation.