Skip to comments.Easter Conversion ‘Boom’?
Posted on 04/19/2014 9:34:15 AM PDT by Salvation
by CHARLOTTE HAYS 03/31/2014
---The Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski’s parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates and catechumens ever recorded for the archdiocese this Easter. The archdiocese will baptize or confirm 1,311 adults, children and teenagers this Easter
---Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla. — where around 1,100 new Catholics will be welcomed at the Easter vigil — blogged on the diocesan website that this is the largest number in his 18 years as bishop there.
--- Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Boston Archdiocese welcomed a larger-than-usual crowd to the Rite of Election at his Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The number of catechumens and candidates — about 650 — necessitated two separate ceremonies.
--- As might be expected for a diocese in the South, the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky. — which is welcoming 448 new Catholics at Easter, a number consistent with other years — often has candidates who grew up Southern Baptist. Brian Phillips, 39, who lives in Louisville, is one of these. Phillips married a Catholic and was attracted to the Church, but “had some hurdles to overcome,” he said. He added, “They were mostly because of misunderstandings.”
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I’m an RCIA team member for the second year and we have twice as many including I am proud to say. my granddaughter. And now they are not catechumens but the elect. She’ll be Baptized, confirmed and receive her first communion tonight. I get chills just thinking of it.
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Please post the numbers for your diocese if you have them.
“Shell be Baptized, confirmed and receive her first communion tonight. I get chills just thinking of it”
I was baptised, confirmed and received my first communion Easter Saturday 2008. Best decision I have ever made in my life.
To all the new Catholics that will enter the Church today, WELCOME HOME!
Many blessings upon them and their loved ones.
God bless them. And I pray that those who have left the Church, or turned lukewarm, will see the light and return.
That's an old term and I always wonder about those Catholics. WHY bother to go at all if they only go twice a year? Doesn't the 3rd commandment say "Keep holy the Lord's Day"?
They DO know all about sins and confession. It seems pathetic to me.
I GUESS that people decide that keeping the Sabbath holy can mean ANYTHING they want. Sigh. So sad for them.
They usually regret it. Also, towards the end of their lives they start THINKING about eternity. We all hope that it's not "too little too late."
Congratulations to your entire family. You brought a child into the faith of our fathers. What a blessing for you.
YOU should know THAT one, Cicero.
Almost everyone of the catechumens that I know of are outstanding Catholics no C&Es that I know of.
Let's hope they stay that way. I'm sure they will.
They DID choose the "difficult" faith to follow--so many things we have to do!! :o)
To anyone reading this who hasn't gone to confession in years--Go! Begin with the most serious sin on your conscience. The rest are easy.
Checked the number and our little Diocese most of which is in the middle of nowhere had 500 catechumens definitely up from last year but don’t know by how much
1,053 in the San Bernardino diocese. I assume that’s combined. I think 15 combined at my parish, 13 of those are elect (ten kids and three adults), and one of the adults is yours truly.
I was at Good Friday service and when they did the solemn intercessions, they got “amen!”s for both parts of the prayer for catechumens and candidates. I liked that.
What a blessing for you!
Enjoy the beauty and the holiness of tonight.
In my observation, converts know what they are doing and very often have to overcome a significant anti-Catholic prejudice. The result is that those who complete the RCIA (the adult conversion process) have a strong faith and not likely to become tepid in their faith.
I was in RCIA over 20 years ago and the drop rate was significant. Many would come to inquire, stay for couple of months and would not come back. I remember several “seeker” types, who had tried everything else, from Baha’i to Presbyterianism that soon were on their way again. One guy was struggling with a drug addiction and was not interested in anything but his condition. Some had a serious problem with one doctrine or another and seemed to expect that someone would tell them that the Church did not really mean it. So the weaker types have many chances to drop off.
Can only be here briefly, but as an RCIA team member, 3 canidates, Catholics who are finishing their last two sacraments, confirmation and eucharist tonight.
Congrats to all who are the elect and the canidates! Happy Easter!
Our parish has a small RCIA class, only 6 people, but they’re very fervent. None of them are there just because their spouse or parents want them to do it.
I’m very happy for you, Rich. I hope you have a wonderful Vigil. Ours was 1993!
Thank you both so much.
God bless you! Best wishes as you continue your journey of faith!
Catholicism is not for sissies. It is HARD being a devout Catholic and many just don’t have the intestinal fortitude to live the faith. One thing that attracted me to the Catholic Church was the strict rules and regulations (so to speak) that reminded me so much of the military. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a beautiful blueprint on how to live your life for God and your fellow man, and be the best person you can possibly be. There are no gray areas. It’s either right or wrong. Take abortion for example, there is no abortion allowed and it’s none negotiable. You either believe the teaching of the church on abortion or you have forfeited the right to even call yourself a Catholic. Some Catholics might not know this but it’s true. There is no wiggle room. Whoever said the Catholic Church was the fullness of the faith was exactly right.
I do think God hears all 500 voices, every whisper, every soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, bass, baritone alto, contralto and BASSO PROFUNDO!!
EVEN the trebles: young male/female voices in the soprano range.
EVERY single one of them!
I go to the opera and LOVE the voices, every one of them!
I was in RCIA over 20 years ago and the drop rate was significant. Many would come to inquire, stay for couple of months and would not come back. I remember several seeker types, who had tried everything else, from Bahai to Presbyterianism that soon were on their way again. One guy was struggling with a drug addiction and was not interested in anything but his condition. Some had a serious problem with one doctrine or another and seemed to expect that someone would tell them that the Church did not really mean it. So the weaker types have many chances to drop off.
They seem to be choosing God the way they would choose a car, a shirt or an entree at a restaurant.
It's pretty sad, isn't it? They were probably brought up by their mother and father was AWOL, just absent.
There are a million excuses, aren't there? I would NOT want to be in their shoes. I am SO GLAD that I had a father who insisted on Mass for his two daughters. We never missed.
When I went away to college (across the bay) I would still come home on the weekends...and go to Mass. It was inculcated into me at a young enough age to "take." God bless him. I miss him still very, very much.
Yes everyone sang multipart harmony
resurrexit christus, allelulia
cantante domino, alleluia
Ad Majoram Die Gloriam
Not all, but yeah, I know the type. Not a good start on the road to Catholicism.
Amen to that.
It’s not difficult if it’s a labor of love.
WHAT'S not difficult if its a labor of love?
Referring to your line about the “difficult” faith. I love it here.