Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion Sunday, March 13, 2022 | 1:00pm St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, WI
At the Rite of Election, after the testimony of sponsors and catechists and the catechumens' affirmation of their intention to join the Church, the Church makes its "election" of the catechumens to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation) at the Easter Vigil. In the presence of the bishop they write their names in the Book of the Elect at the cathedral as a pledge of fidelity. They are now called "the elect" and begin a Period of Purification and Enlightenment for the remainder of Lent. After the Easter Vigil they enter a Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy in which they increase their understanding of the mysteries of the faith and strengthen their bonding with the rest of the faithful. This period normally ends around Pentecost.
Candidates for Full Communion (Baptized Christians who have not received First Communion/Confirmation seeking Full Communion of the Catholic Church) also participate in the Call to Continuing Conversion which is combined with the Rite of Election.
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral 140 South Monroe Avenue Green Bay, WI 54301 Interactive Map
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Green Bay and host for this liturgy. Free parking is available in the Cathedral parking lot. Masks are required and social distancing protocols enforced.
In Case of Inclement Weather
In case of inclement weather and poor road conditions, the Rite of Election / Call to Continuing Conversion will be celebrated on Sunday, March 20th at 1:00p.m.
To learn if there is a postponement call (920) 272-8341. A voicemail message will announce a cancellation/postponement.
RCIA Leaders who have registered for the liturgy using email will be notified at that email address.
A postponement decision will be made 24 hours before the liturgy.
Who Participates in the Rite of Election / Call to Continuing Conversion?
Catechumens, (Not Baptized Adults, ages 7+), those who are unbaptized and will be receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion at Easter, participate in the Rite of Election. Following the Rite of Election, they will no longer be referred to as Catechumens but as the Elect. [Catechumens must be accompanied by their Godparent]
Candidates for Full Communion, (Baptized Christian seeking the Full Communion of the Catholic Church; No First Communion/Confirmation), are those who are validly baptized. They will be entering into full communion with the Church at Easter by receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion. They will participate in the Call to Continuing Conversion which is held combined with the Rite of Election. [Catechumens should be accompanied by their Sponsor]
Confirmation Candidates, (Catholic; Baptized, First Communion, Not Confirmed). Baptized Catholics who have received First Communion, but for some reason were never confirmed, are not the same as Candidates in the RCIA for full communion. While their formation may be tied to the parish's Candidates and Catechumens' formation within RCIA, they are already in communion with the Church. They do not participate in the Rite of Sending, the Rite of Election/Call to Continuing Conversion (unless they are there to be present in support of the Parish's candidates/catechumens), Scrutinies, and/or Presentations.
Parish Rite of Sending (to the Rite of Election)
All parishes with Catechumens and/or Candidates for full communion are to celebrate the Rite of Sending at a weekend celebration prior to the Rite of Election, either the weekend before or the weekend of the liturgy (as long as it is celebrated before the Rite of Election / Call to Continuing Conversion). You can find the Rite of Sending in the RCIA Ritual nos. 106-117 (Catechumens only), nos. 434-445 (Candidates only), and nos. 530-546 (Combined Rite).
Only Catechumens (Unbaptized) are to sign the parish's Book of the Elect during the Rite of Sending (only Catechumens will be referred to as the Elect following the Rite of Election). Candidates for Full Communion are not to sign the Book or another book during the Rite of Sending. The Bishop does not sign this book, even though there are sometimes printed lines for the Bishop to sign per publisher, please disregard these signature lines. The Books of the Elect, however, will be placed before the Bishop during the liturgy; because of this, each parish should inscribe the name of the parish in the inside cover of the Book.
Parishes are also asked to send their Catechumens / Candidates with clearly written name tags.
Arrival / Seating
All participants should arrive at the Cathedral no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the liturgy.
Candidates will be allowed to bring their Sponsor and 3 other guests. Catechumen will be allowed to bring their Godparents and 2 other guests. Because of social distancing protocols and in order to welcome as many as possible to celebrate, we ask that candidates/catechumens sit together in "pods" with their Sponsors/Godparents and friends and family if at all possible.
RCIA Leaders will meet the MC 30 minutes before the liturgy in the Cathedral Center for instructions on presenting their Candidates/Catechumens.
Masks are required. Individuals unable to wear masks should contact the Office of Divine Worship prior to the Mass to arrange for seating.
RCIA Leaders will be called forward as a group from their pew to the microphone in the nave. (RCIA LEADERS: Bring your Book of the Elect. When you arrive at the microphone, state: The Catechumens from (Parish Name) in (Parish City)... (then read names of the Catechumens). After you finish, leave your Book of the Elect on the stand near the microphone and return to your pew.)
When their names are read, the Catechumens and their Godparents are to stand and remain standing.
Catechumens and their Godparents are to follow the worship aid for their responses/acclamations within the ritual.
Celebration of the Call to Continuing Conversion (Candidates for Full Communion)
RCIA Leaders will be called forward as a group from their pew to the microphone in the nave. (RCIA LEADERS: Bring a list of your Candidates with you and when you arrive at the microphone, state: The Candidates from (Parish Name) in (Parish City)… (then read the names of the Candidates). After you are finished return to your pew.)
When their names are read, the Candidates and their Sponsors are to stand and remain standing.
Candidates and their Sponsors are to follow the worship aid for their responses/acclamations within the ritual.