Those journeying toward baptism at Easter blessed during diocesan Rite of Election

At the Rite of Election on the first Sunday of Lent, Bishop Mark Hagemoen holds up the Book of the Elect after catechumens from across the diocese signed their names, as part of their journey to receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at Easter. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News

At the diocesan Rite of Election Feb. 26, 2023, Bishop Mark Hagemoen welcomed and blessed catechumens from across the diocese who are journeying toward the initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist.

Affirmed by their parishes and by their sponsors, the catechumens wrote their names in the Book of the Elect, and entered another stage of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). The newly-elect now begin a “season of purification and enlighten during Lent,” before celebrating the sacraments at Easter.

During the afternooon celebration at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, Bishop Hagemoen also welcomed and blessed candidates — already baptized Christians who are preparing to be received into the Catholic Church.

The Rite of Election included celebration of Sunday Eucharist for the First Sunday of Lent. In attendance were a number of priests from parishes that are preparing catechumens and candidates to receive sacraments at Easter, as well as sponsors, family members and parishioners from the 13 parishes participating in this year’s celebration.

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Kiply Lukan Yaworski is the communications coordinator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon –