This year, the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion takes place on Saturday 5th March 2022 at 11am in the Cathedral. I wish to invite you to join us for this happy occasion. At the Rite of Election, the Bishop, in the name of the whole Church, summons the catechumens to the Easter sacraments. In the same liturgy, he acknowledges the desire of those already baptised to be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation, and to share in the Eucharist. If you are a catechumen preparing to be initiated as a Christian in the Roman Catholic Church or if you are a candidate for the Call to Continuing Conversion, that is a baptised Christian preparing to be received into the full Communion of the Roman Catholic Church, please take note! Forms and documentation need to be completed and returned as soon as possible in preparation: please ensure you discuss this with your catechist or parish priest.
On the day, all catechumens and candidates must register in the Cathedral Discovery Centre between 9am and 10.30am, along with their godparents/sponsors. It is essential for each catechumen or candidate to be accompanied by a godparent or a sponsor. The catechumens and candidates, with their godparents and sponsors will be seated in the front benches of the Cathedral during the ceremony. The catechumens will be on one side, and the candidates on the other. Members of our team will be there to guide and help them. During the ceremony, the catechumens will be called and their names enrolled in the Book of the Elect. The catechumens will be presented to the Bishop by their godparents. The candidates in their turn will be presented to Bishop by their sponsors.