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  • This Easter a growing number of Catholic converts are joining the flock

    04/20/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 64 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | April 20, 2014 | Lilly Fowler
    FARMINGTON, Mo. • It is a special Easter for Wilma Whitworth, who is undergoing a spiritual rebirth, just a week before her 78th birthday. Whitworth is celebrating her first day as a full-fledged Catholic this holiday. And she’s doing so in a largely Protestant town that is undergoing a kind of Catholic revival. St. Joseph Catholic Church, or St. Joe’s as the locals call it, has had 24 children and adults, ages 7 and above, convert to the faith in the past year. There is no one answer for the rise in Catholic conversion in this town of 17,000 an...
  • Baptism of adults increasing steadily in France

    04/18/2006 12:41:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 620+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 18, 2006
    Paris, Apr. 18, 2006 (CNA) - The number of adults receiving the sacraments of Christian initiation is increasing steadily in a country strongly affected by secularism. This year, 2.650 adults were baptized on the Easter vigil. This figure shows a steady increase from last year, when 2409 adults were baptized, according to figures from the national service of Catechumens of the French Bishops Conference (CEF). The number of catechumens, refering to the adults currently  preparing the sacraments of Christian initiation, grew as well, amounting to 9.564 in 2005 ( 9.364 in 2004) . This time of preparation lasts two years. Among...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Leads Easter Vigil Mass (Great Photos!)

    04/15/2006 4:37:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 616+ views
    AP ^ | April 15, 2006 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Benedict XVI ushered in Easter services late Saturday with a dramatic, candlelit vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, saying Christ's resurrection was "the most crucial leap" in the history of mankind.The bells of St. Peter's tolled across Rome as midnight approached to herald in Easter, when the faithful celebrate the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion on Good Friday.This year, Easter Sunday also coincides with Benedict's 79th birthday.At the start of Saturday night's lengthy vigil, Benedict entered the darkened basilica in silence, holding in front of him a single white candle. Its flame was then shared with others until slowly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

    04/15/2006 8:56:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies · 412+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 04-15-06 | New American Bible
    April 15, 2006 Easter SundayThe Resurrection of the Lord At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter Psalm: Saturday 17 Reading 1Gn 1:1—2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,“Let there be light,” and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”Thus evening came, and morning followed—the first day. Then God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-26-05, Easter Vigil, The Resurrection of the Lord

    03/26/2005 8:13:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies · 738+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 03-26-05 | New American Bible
    March 26, 2005Easter SundayThe Resurrection of the LordAt the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter Psalm: Saturday 15 Reading IGen 1:1-2:2 or Gen 1:1, 26-31a In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,"Let there be light," and there was light.God saw how good the light was.God then separated the light from the darkness.God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."Thus evening came, and morning followed -- the first day. Then God...
  • The Chrism Mass

    03/25/2005 2:13:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 978+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 3-25-05 | Fr. William Saunders
    by Fr. William Saunders Other Articles by Fr. William Saunders The Chrism Mass 03/25/05 Would you please explain the significance of the Chrism Mass? On Holy Thursday morning (in some dioceses it may be another morning during Holy Week), the bishop, joined by the priests of the diocese, gather at the Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop. Here the bishop blesses three oils — the oil of catechumens (oleum catechumenorum or oleum sanctorum), the oil of the infirm (oleum infirmorum) and holy chrism (sacrum chrisma) — which will be used...
  • Thousands prepare to join U.S. Catholic Church this Easter

    02/26/2005 6:35:26 AM PST · by NYer · 107 replies · 3,103+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 25, 2005
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- During this year's Easter Vigil Masses, tens of thousands of people across the country will be welcomed into the Catholic Church. Last year more than 150,000 Americans were baptized as Catholics or joined in full communion with the church during the Easter Vigil. Those who are not yet baptized are called catechumens. At Easter they receive all three sacraments of Christian initiation -- baptism, confirmation and their first Eucharist. Those already baptized in other churches or who were baptized Catholic but not raised in the faith are called candidates. At Easter they receive confirmation and the Eucharist....
  • RCIA and Holy Saturday

    04/19/2003 11:00:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies · 773+ views
    USCCB.org ^ | 2002 | USCCB
    Q&A - RCIA and Holy Saturday On Holy Saturday, April 11, the Catholic Church in the United States will receive tens of thousands of men and women in the Church. Parishes welcome these new members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and a ceremony bringing men and women into full communion with the Catholic Church. Listed here are some questions and answers related to these events. What is the RCIA? The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Easter Vigil Daily Mass Readings, 4-19-03

    04/19/2003 9:30:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies · 610+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 4-19-03 | New American Bible
    April 19, 2003Vigil During the Night of Easter Psalm: Saturday Week 18 Reading I Responsorial Psalm 1 Reading II Reading II Responsorial Psalm 2 Reading III Responsorial Psalm 3 Reading IV Responsorial Psalm 4 Reading V Responsorial Psalm 5 Reading VI Responsorial Psalm 6 Reading VII Responsorial Psalm 7 Reading VIII Responsorial Psalm 8 Epistle Responsorial Psalm 9 Gospel Reading IGn 1:1–2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said,"Let there be light,"...
  • Catholic Caucus: Maundy (Holy) Thursday

    04/17/2003 8:52:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 388+ views
    NewAdvent.org ^ | n/a | New Advent
    Maundy Thursday The feast of Maundy (or Holy) Thursday solemnly commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and is the oldest of the observances peculiar to Holy Week. In Rome various accessory ceremonies were early added to this commemoration, namely the consecration of the holy oils and the reconciliation of penitents, ceremonies obviously practical in character and readily explained by the proximity of the Christian Easter and the necessity of preparing for it. Holy Thursday could not but be a day of liturgical reunion since, in the cycle of movable feasts, it brings around the anniversary of the institution of the...