Those who will be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil are entering their final weeks of preparation. At Masses on the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent (March 4, 11 & 18), they participate in the “scrutinies.” The scrutinies are a chance for those preparing as well as the parish to examine (or scrutinize) their preparing for the Easter sacraments.
The catechumens and candidates assemble with their sponsor on the steps of the sanctuary. The most profound point of the rite is when Father Bill lays his hands on the head of each catechumen and candidate. As he prays silently, he instructs the faithful to also pray for those who will enter the Church at the Vigil.
This year’s Easter Vigil will be held on Holy Saturday, March 31 at 7:30pm.