NEW ULM - The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm on Sunday, Feb. 14, the First Sunday of Lent. During the celebration, the Candidates (baptized) and Catechumens (unbaptized) began the next step in their spiritual journey.
In his homily, the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir, bishop of New Ulm, referred to the day as a “most joyful event.” He reminded those gathered that this year was a special Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. “In a special way, those who are catechumens and those who will come into full communion with the Catholic Church are recipients of the generous and loving mercy of God.
At the Easter Vigil, the sacraments of initiation are bestowed with the former Catechumens, now called Elect, receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion. The Candidates (having already been baptized) only celebrate Confirmation and the Eucharist. The Elect are now called Neophytes, and they are considered to be full members of the Christian faithful.
To listen to Bishop LeVoir’s entire homily or to view photos of the celebration.