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From the Pastor

February 22, 2015

Dear Parishioners:

Since September three young women: Angela Daubert, Becky Mueller, and London Trusik have been preparing to be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church at our Easter Vigil on April 4th.  London and Angela have asked to be baptized, confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time. Becky who was baptized a Presbyterian as a child has asked to make a Profession of Faith to the Catholic Church, be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time. They have met each Thursday evening (about 16 times so far) with their sponsors, Pat Lanza from our parish and with me. We have discussed almost every aspect of our faith. They have been coming to Mass regularly. They have reflected regularly on daily scripture passages. They are now ready to move into the next step of the process.

The next step of the process is that they will go to the Cathedral Basilica this Sunday and celebrate with Archbishop Chaput what is known as "The Rite of Election." This "Rite" is celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent in every diocese of the world. There are so many catechumens (those preparing to be baptized) and candidates (those baptized in another Christian religion but wish to become Catholic) that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will have three different "Rite of Election" ceremonies this weekend.

At the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday we will celebrate "The Rite of Sending Forth" which is a ceremony for London, Becky, and Angela to experience the support and prayers of our faith community as they travel 
to the Cathedral Basilica.

All three women and their sponsors have taken this process very seriously and very prayerfully. Please continue to pray for them, and encourage them as they continue this process. They have been blessed with the good example of our faith community which has helped them make their decision. We are blessed and 
encouraged by them as they provide new hope and life for our parish.

Have a great week.

Father Bill