The Rite of Election
On the First Sunday of Lent Sunday 18 February 2018, the people of the Auckland Diocese will gather at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph with those seeking either Baptism or full Communion with the Church. This hinge rite is a celebration of another step on the journey of faith. In the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, “the Church makes its ‘election,’ that is, the choice and admission of those catechumens who have the dispositions that make them fit to take part…in the sacraments of initiation” (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults [RCIA], #106). In addition, those baptized Christians who seek to “complete their Christian formation and become fully integrated into the community…” come before the bishop who, on behalf of the Church, officially recognizes their “desire to have a place at Christ’s Eucharistic table” (RCIA, 454).
The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion stands not only as endorsement of the catechumens’ and candidates’ readiness for the sacraments but most especially as a witness to everyone’s need and longing for communion with our God.
All are welcome to this celebration.
Important dates and details regarding the 2018 Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
13 February Rehearsal Rite of Election 7.30-8.30pm Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph
Parish representative only Validated parking available
14 February Information Due to Diocese
Information regarding numbers of Catechumens & Candidates, special needs & priests attending due into diocese in hard copy or digital form. (Can be submitted through the from or emailed to the RE team)
18 February Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
1.45pm Gathered for welcome in square Cathedral of St Patrick’s & St Joseph
2.00pm Rite begins
Validated parking available
At the conclusion of the rite the catechumens and candidates are invited to socialize with the the rest of the community and take the opportunity to meet Bishop Pat. There will be a small refreshment available.