Dismissal to Rite of Election & Call to lenten Renewal and Signing the Book of the Elect
This dismissal takes place ideally at a Sunday Mass (or at another convenient time) after the homily or at the end of Mass.
My dear friends,
You are about to set out on the road that leads to the glory of Easter.
Christ will be your way, your truth, and your life.
In his name and in the name of this Parish Community of _________________
we send you forth to the Mother Church of our diocese, St. Mary's Cathedral.
I now invite you forward, catechumens, to sign your name in the Book of the Elect.
(Have someone call out the names of the catechumens. Only catechumens sign the book).
I now send you for the Lord has chosen you
to join other catechumens who are seeking baptism at Easter
to be received by our Bishop Henry, and numbered among the elect.
And you candidates, who are seeking full communion in the church,
or preparing to complete your initiation;
we send you forth from this community to celebrate with the Bishop
the Rite of Calling Candidates to lenten Renewal.
In this rite, you will be invited, along with the entire community of the faithful,
to use this holy season of lent to prepare
in a most intense, serious and spiritual way,
for the renewal of your baptismal promises at Easter,
and to become full members of the Catholic Church.
You have been chosen by God and have entered with us into his way of lent.
May Christ teach you the value of prayer and fasting in meeting temptation,
especially during this time of lenten retreat.
Be assured of our loving support and prayers for you.
Go in peace. Soon you will gather with us to be nourished at the Eucharistic table.
You may include this intention in The Prayers of the Faithful:
That all catechumens and candidates may experience the universality and love of our Catholic faith as they meet with our Bishop for the Rite of Election and the Rite of Calling Candidates to lenten Renewal in the Catholic Church.
The Diocesan Forum on Initiation provides resources and formation on issues related to Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults including initiation for unbaptised adults and children of catechetical age, initiation for those baptised in other denominations, and completion of initiation for baptised Catholic adults.
The Diocesan Forum in Initiation (the Forum) works through the Office of Liturgy and with the Religious Education Secretariat to carry out the Bishop’s mission of Christian Initiation in the Diocese. The Forum supports parish initiation teams by providing formation in initiation ministry, researching best practices, and building relationships with parishes. Members of the Forum are people of prayer with experience in catechesis and ministry. They have discerned a calling to this ministry and enjoy working as part of a team.