NEW ULM – Each year as Lent begins, the Church celebrates the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion as part of the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA. Its focus is on two groups of people: catechumens, or unbaptized people seeking the three sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist; and candidates, those baptized in a separated ecclesial community who wish to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church, or those baptized Catholic but previously uncatechized adults who wish to complete their Christian initiation through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. During this year’s Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion held Feb. 18 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, Bishop John M. LeVoir welcomed five catechumens and 46 candidates from 17 parishes in the diocese. As part of the liturgy, parishes come before the bishop bearing the Book of the Elect that catechumens had signed at their parish during what is called the Rite of Sending. Pictured, Mary Grack, director of Faith Formation for the Church of St. Peter in St. Peter looks on as Bishop LeVoir signs her parish’s Book of the Elect.