Rite of Election for 2,100-plus held at four parishes around Archdiocese

March 26, 2019

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo reads the names in a Book of the Elect during the Rite of Election at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland March 10. Four Rites of Election were held around the Archdiocese with at least 2,143 set to join or enter full communion with the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Photo by James Ramos/Herald .

HOUSTON — On March 10, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz celebrated the Rite of Election for those preparing to enter the Catholic Church at Easter.

The Rites were celebrated at St. Ignatius Church in Spring, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in northwest Houston, St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland and Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood.

During the Rite of Election, the catechumens — those who will be Baptized, Confirmed and receive their First Communion this Easter — are presented with their Godparents to the bishops and to the faith community. After the catechumens publicly affirmed their intention to join the Church, the bishops, on behalf of the Church, accept or “elect” them as being ready to take part in the Sacraments of Initiation.

Following the Rite of Election, the catechumens, now known as “the elect,” begin a period of purification and enlightenment, which is the final, intense preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation during the Easter Vigil.

During Easter Vigil Masses on Saturday, April 20, at least 2,143 people from parishes across the Archdiocese will enter into the Catholic Church.