Alaskans prepare to enter the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil


On Feb. 22, the Anchorage Archdiocese will celebrate the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion in which adults as well as a number of children from parishes across the archdiocese will take a pivotal step in their preparations to formally enter into full communion with the Catholic Church at the upcoming Easter Vigil. The Rite of Election normally coincides with the first Sunday of Lent. In Anchorage the rite will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral with Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz presiding. The liturgy, which begins at 3 p.m., includes two separate presentations. One is a presentation of the catechumens (those never baptized), the other is for the candidates (those baptized in another Christian tradition). At the Easter Vigil, the archdiocese will welcome a number of never-baptized adults, adults who were baptized into another Christian tradition and unbaptized children. In preparation for the rite, those preparing to enter into full communion with the church have gone through a period of prayer, study and personal reflection. The final preparation for the reception into the church is now taking place in the last weeks culminating with the Easter Vigil that takes place on the evening of April 4.

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