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THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL
SplendoroftheChurch.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | splendor1618

Posted on 04/19/2014 8:58:49 PM PDT by Salvation

THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL

April 15, 2014 by splendor1618

 

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC

Thousands Joining the Church in the U.S. This Saturday
Archdiocese of Washington Has Largest Number in Its History

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) – A widower honoring his late wife and a Chinese graduate student are among the thousands of new Catholics joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter.

All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full communion with the Church. 

Catechumens, who have never been baptized, will receive baptism, confirmation and first Communion at the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. Candidates, who have already been baptized in another Christian tradition whose baptism is recognized by the Catholic Church, will enter the Church through a profession of faith and reception of confirmation and Eucharist.

David Cupp, a candidate from the Archdiocese of Detroit who admits he had not “practiced much of anything for years,” came to the Catholic Church after the sudden death of his wife of 40 years, who was a devoted Catholic. He is grateful for his new journey in the Catholic Church despite his circumstances. “What keeps you sane is that you have to believe that there is a true God,” Cupp says. He is one of 520 catechumens and 660 candidates in the archdiocese who will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

Only a few months ago, an online video of the Ave Maria moved Jian Wang, a civil engineering student at Rutgers University, to become Catholic. He is a native of China who is no stranger to hardship and poverty. At age 2, his mother left the home and while in college, he lost his father. A simple Google search got him in touch with the university’s Catholic Center where his journey to become Catholic began. 

Wang is among 114 catechumens and 156 candidates from the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, looking forward to receiving the sacraments. As in many communities around the country, a growth in cultural diversity is reflected in the diocese, where some of the catechumens and candidates come from different countries. Some churches are preparing celebrations and initiations that will include languages such as Chinese, Korean and Spanish.  

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will welcome about 2,300 catechumens and candidates. The Archdiocese of Washington will welcome 1,306 new Catholics, the largest number of candidates and catechumens in its history. Also welcoming large numbers of converts this year are the Archdiocese of Atlanta, with 1,913 new Catholics; the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with 1,666; the Archdiocese of New York with 1,350; the Diocese of Raleigh with 1,200; the Archdiocese of Newark with 1,075; the Archdiocese of Seattle with 1,045; the Archdiocese of Chicago with 950; and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati with 946.  

Other dioceses reporting hundreds of catechumens and candidates include:

* Oklahoma City (283 catechumens, 485 candidates);

* Austin, Texas (374 catechumens, 416 candidates);

* Baltimore (238 catechumens, 462 candidates);

* Columbus, Ohio (239 catechumens, 331 candidates);

* Philadelphia (309 catechumens, 386 candidates);

* Lansing, Michigan (295 catechumens, 351 candidates)

* Boston (650 new members);

* Milwaukee (642 new members)

* St. Augustine, Florida (592 new members);

* Grand Rapids, Michigan (506 new members)

* Mobile, Alabama (482 new members);

* Omaha, Nebraska (168 catechumens, 312 candidates);

* Lafayette, Indiana (158 catechumens, 225 candidates).

These numbers are based on participation in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, the final phase of the RCIA process celebrated at the beginning of Lent. 

Not included are infant baptisms that according to the 2013 Official Catholic Directory (OCD) totaled 763,208 for the year 2012. The OCD also reported that there were 41,918 adult baptisms and 71,582 people received into full communion during the same year, the latest with complete statistical data.

 



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
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Welcome Home to all these new converts.
1 posted on 04/19/2014 8:58:49 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Easter Vigil Ping!


2 posted on 04/19/2014 9:00:01 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
as long as they aren't cafeteria Catholics, fine
3 posted on 04/19/2014 9:04:50 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Salvation

We had two adults baptized and confirmed, and two others confirmed tonight at the Vigil Mass.


4 posted on 04/19/2014 9:07:13 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Salvation

Our local catholic church has quite a few new converts this year, quite amazing.


5 posted on 04/19/2014 9:09:37 PM PDT by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: diamond6; SuziQ

Praise the Lord!


6 posted on 04/19/2014 9:14:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

we had 51 join tonight praise God


7 posted on 04/19/2014 9:18:36 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier ("You care far too much what is written and said about you." Axelrod to Obama 2006)
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To: Salvation

Amen. Welcome home brothers and sisters.


8 posted on 04/19/2014 9:19:09 PM PDT by JPX2011
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To: Citizen Soldier

Wow!


9 posted on 04/19/2014 9:20:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

We had 3 come into full communion and 1 confirmed at tonight’s Vigil Mass. Eighteen years ago, I joined the Church!! Always very special!


10 posted on 04/19/2014 9:40:25 PM PDT by MasonGal
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To: MasonGal

god bless you and yours. Happy Easter to you.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 9:42:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Total confirmed tonight:

KC, KS Archdiocese: 752
KC, MO Diocese: 419


12 posted on 04/19/2014 10:16:36 PM PDT by MSSC6644
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To: MSSC6644

Huge numbers.


13 posted on 04/19/2014 10:23:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I just got home from our Easter service. We had 7 join tonight....3 baptized for the first time, with 7 receiving confirmation. Wonderful candle light ceremony with a fantastic choir. A very joyous occasion. I am still singing:

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!


14 posted on 04/19/2014 10:30:00 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Salvation

My granddaughter (13) received Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist this evening. Very sweet.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 10:49:19 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: MasonGal

I’m not sure of the count at our parish but it was at least 20 of various levels. At the archbishop’s event for the entire diocese, there were several hundred... this is eastern Kansas.


16 posted on 04/19/2014 10:50:44 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Salvation

Really?

What was that St.Paul said about bragging?

Oh wait -- that was not by works [of our own] so that none could boast of "working" and being "good enough".

The flip side to that is the accuser tells persons that since they are sinners -- Christ will reject them, whispering that they must "do works" first, & sufficiently clean themselves up TOO. When more to the point is sinners must go to Christ and have Him assist in cleaning the inside of the cup...to better clear one's own vision, to then be able clean the outsides.

After which, there still arises (continual?) need for us to allow Him to wash our feet.

But as to the aforementioned accuser, I speak there of one of the ways of the raven (birds), which leaves condemnation in their wake (if possible) after plucking up the good seed.

Matthew 13

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.

17 posted on 04/19/2014 10:54:19 PM PDT by BlueDragon (A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for)
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To: Salvation

While I’m not A Catholic, I am A Christian and I say hooray for our side!


18 posted on 04/19/2014 11:06:54 PM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: Salvation

11 Baptized, 30 total confirmations in my parish!


19 posted on 04/19/2014 11:07:20 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: BlueDragon

Who’s bragging, we are rejoicing just as the father rejoiced when the Prodigal Son returned home.

BTW, we had three.


20 posted on 04/20/2014 12:05:54 AM PDT by tiki
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To: tiki
follow the first link maybe?

otherwise, the more the merrier.

21 posted on 04/20/2014 1:10:01 AM PDT by BlueDragon (A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for)
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To: Salvation

Nearer my God, to thee. This is the thought that resonates often within me. People are yearning to be closer to God, to be able to speak to Him and receive that inner feeling that He is listening. I am so happy to hear that more people are coming home to the Lord. It’s a calling that is strong, that requires that you open your heart and your mind to allow the warmth of God’s presence to enter.


22 posted on 04/20/2014 2:31:11 AM PDT by itssme
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To: Salvation

I was honored to Lector for the Easter Vigil Mass last night. Our parish is a small one in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. We welcomed 26 new brothers and sisters of all ages. That was two more than the group of 24 that I was a part of two years ago. Vivat Jesus!


23 posted on 04/20/2014 4:43:23 AM PDT by W.Lee (After the first one, the rest are free.)
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To: Salvation

3 Catholics finished their initation sacraments last night of both confirmation and first eucharist. Sponsored one of them. All three were women. A member of the RCIA team.

Congrats!


24 posted on 04/20/2014 6:21:48 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: W.Lee; Biggirl

Great news.


25 posted on 04/20/2014 6:23:14 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: itssme

AMEN! Happy Easter!


26 posted on 04/20/2014 6:23:29 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: itssme

AMEN! Happy Easter!


27 posted on 04/20/2014 6:23:31 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: tiki; Mad Dawg

Alleluia!


28 posted on 04/20/2014 6:24:21 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mercat

God bless her and you!


29 posted on 04/20/2014 6:25:04 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: tioga

New fire, new light, new life. God is wonderful, isn’t he?


30 posted on 04/20/2014 6:26:00 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

My ten year anniversary.


31 posted on 04/20/2014 6:29:59 AM PDT by mware
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To: Salvation

Hartford, CT, USA, Archdiocese, 266.


32 posted on 04/20/2014 6:31:52 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: mware

Congnrats!


33 posted on 04/20/2014 6:32:29 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Biggirl

Outstanding.


34 posted on 04/20/2014 6:32:56 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Citizen Soldier

Wow! Record number, praise God!


35 posted on 04/20/2014 6:34:52 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl
And a Happy Easter to you, Biggirl!
36 posted on 04/20/2014 8:53:05 AM PDT by itssme
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To: BlueDragon; Salvation
We're bragging about what the Lord did, not about what we did. We are recipients - beneficiaries - cooperators - thanksgivers -

A very blessed Easter to you, BlueDragon! And many thanks!

37 posted on 04/20/2014 10:35:15 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All.)
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To: matthew fuller

Matthew, what a gracious comment! Blessings to you... the Lord’s Easter blessings to you now and forever!


38 posted on 04/20/2014 10:36:21 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All.)
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To: Mad Dawg

And 28 here in my little parish in Upper East Tennessee. Rejoicing in the midst of our Baptist neighbors, whom we love and admire.


39 posted on 04/20/2014 10:38:18 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All.)
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To: Salvation; All

My mother just told me today that there have been a lot this year to enter.

How does these numbers compare to previous years however?


40 posted on 04/20/2014 10:38:37 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: tiki; BlueDragon

“...when the Prodigal Son returned home”

Ah, yes. But then there was the Older Brother.


42 posted on 04/20/2014 12:34:26 PM PDT by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Salvation

He is risen, all is well. Happy Easter!


43 posted on 04/20/2014 3:40:06 PM PDT by tioga
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To: All

30 people at my parish last night, 23 baptized, receive Holy Communion and Confirmation, 7 received into full Communion with the Church.


44 posted on 04/20/2014 5:30:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: FourtySeven

**Archdiocese of Washington Has Largest Number in Its History**

I think this phenomenon is repeating itself in other dioceses also.


45 posted on 04/20/2014 5:32:01 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: BlueDragon

The people joining the Church don’t have to be from non-Catholic Christian groups. They may very well be atheists and others. If an atheist joins your group I’ll rejoice at a soul joining Christendom


46 posted on 04/20/2014 6:23:48 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: Salvation

Thanks I missed that part.

These do seem higher generally.


47 posted on 04/20/2014 6:48:38 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

WOW!

We have the advantage of being a university parish. It’s really not reasonable to compare us to the average urban/suburban congregation.

So your haul is impressive!


48 posted on 04/21/2014 11:36:56 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Just visited Johnson City, Tennessee a few months ago. Had to drive a little while into the foothills to get to the local Catholic parish.

It was worth the trip....

For the Greater Glory of God


49 posted on 04/21/2014 9:06:26 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam = FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD)
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To: Salvation

Ask how many are renouncing use of artificial birth control.


50 posted on 04/21/2014 9:08:58 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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