Rite of Election Registration

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.


Information Sheet

Combined Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion

Sunday 18 February, 2018

Name of Parish (required)

Contact person for RCIA (required)

RCIA contact person email (required)

RCIA contact person phone (required)

Parish Representative for RCIA (if different from above)

Parish Representative person email

Parish Representative person phone

Rite of Election

Number of adult catechumens (unbaptized) attending

Number of child catechumens (unbaptized) attending

** if any

Call to Continuing Conversion

Number of adult cadidates attending

Number of child cadidates attending

** if any

Number of additional persons from the parish, including sponsors, godparents, RCIA team & guests

Special requirements

** Wheelchair access. Disability parking available for those with mobility cards.

Names of priests attending who wish vests and to be on the altar:

** These priests will need to bring an alb & purple stole