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More than 120 catechumens and candidates participate in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
Written by Kevin Wondrrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Mar. 05, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
Catechumen Jennifer Lessner from St. William Parish in Janesville signs the Book of the Elect. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash).

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WAUNAKEE -- A range of emotions were seen on the faces of more than 120 soon-to-be full members of the Catholic Church on Sunday, Feb. 22, at St. John the Baptist Church in Waunakee.

Some smiled in awe over the beauty of the church’s architecture. Some looked nervous about the uncertainty over what was coming next. Others sat patiently with their sponsors and other future parish members, merely taking it all in.

The first Sunday of Lent again marked the occasion of the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion.

It’s part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

The RCIA is the process through which adults are introduced to the Catholic faith and become members of the Church. This will happen at the Easter Vigil Mass at their respective parishes.

This year there are 35 catechumens (elect), or those who are not yet baptized and will receive the Sacraments of Initiation -- Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. There are 90 candidates -- those who have been baptized Christian, but are seeking the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation.

Welcome from the bishop

The afternoon began with a prelude and opening hymn led by the Madison Diocesan Choir under the direction of Dr. Patrick Gorman and the Odyssey Woodwind Quartet.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino greeted everyone, thanking them for “coming in faith,” as well as thanking his “brother priests” who came from 38 parishes around the diocese to pray for the catechumens and candidates.

As he thanked everyone for coming, the bishop said, “We welcome great men and women who want to follow Jesus Christ, who want to grow close to him each day, especially through Baptism and Confirmation and Eucharist.”

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Madison woman prepares to enter Church
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Mar. 05, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON — “It’s the best thing ever.”

“I love it. I can’t get enough.”

Those are just a couple of the verbally-expressed emotions from 27-year-old Tina Saviano from Madison as she is just a few weeks away from becoming a member of the Catholic Church.

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Using the gifts of knowledge, reverence, fortitude
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino   
Thursday, Mar. 05, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Dear Friends,

Please allow me to return to one of my familiar themes at this beginning of Lent. I mention often at Mass and in other contexts that all of us, especially we adults, should be mindful of the graces and gifts received at our Confirmation.

I think forgetfulness that we have been confirmed is one of the true enemies of our growth in holiness.

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