Skip to comments.THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL
Posted on 04/19/2014 8:58:49 PM PDT by Salvation
April 15, 2014
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.
Easter Vigil Ping!
We had two adults baptized and confirmed, and two others confirmed tonight at the Vigil Mass.
Our local catholic church has quite a few new converts this year, quite amazing.
Praise the Lord!
we had 51 join tonight praise God
Amen. Welcome home brothers and sisters.
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!
god bless you and yours. Happy Easter to you.
Total confirmed tonight:
KC, KS Archdiocese: 752
KC, MO Diocese: 419
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!
My granddaughter (13) received Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist this evening. Very sweet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While I’m not A Catholic, I am A Christian and I say hooray for our side!
11 Baptized, 30 total confirmations in my parish!
Who’s bragging, we are rejoicing just as the father rejoiced when the Prodigal Son returned home.
BTW, we had three.
otherwise, the more the merrier.
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.
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!
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.
AMEN! Happy Easter!
AMEN! Happy Easter!
God bless her and you!
New fire, new light, new life. God is wonderful, isn’t he?
My ten year anniversary.
Hartford, CT, USA, Archdiocese, 266.
Wow! Record number, praise God!
A very blessed Easter to you, BlueDragon! And many thanks!
Matthew, what a gracious comment! Blessings to you... the Lord’s Easter blessings to you now and forever!
And 28 here in my little parish in Upper East Tennessee. Rejoicing in the midst of our Baptist neighbors, whom we love and admire.
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?
“...when the Prodigal Son returned home”
Ah, yes. But then there was the Older Brother.
He is risen, all is well. Happy Easter!
30 people at my parish last night, 23 baptized, receive Holy Communion and Confirmation, 7 received into full Communion with the Church.
**Archdiocese of Washington Has Largest Number in Its History**
I think this phenomenon is repeating itself in other dioceses also.
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
Thanks I missed that part.
These do seem higher generally.
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!
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
Ask how many are renouncing use of artificial birth control.