269 Persons Prepare to Become Members of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Youngstown at Easter
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT January 7, 2015
SUBJECT 269 Persons Prepare to Become Members of the Catholic Church in the
                Diocese of Youngstown at Easter

MORE INFO Rev. Michael D. Balash, Office of Worship, 330-744-8451, ext. 282.

Within the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 269 men, women and children are
preparing to become members of the Catholic Church at Easter. One hundred and
three (103) persons will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at
the Easter Vigil on April 4; and one hundred and sixty-six (166) persons who have already
been baptized in other Christian traditions will make a profession of the Catholic faith and
receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

For many months these persons have been participating in parishes throughout the
diocese in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process through which they become
familiar with the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Catholic way of life. They also
learn about and participate in the apostolic mission of the Church.

On the first Sunday of Lent, February 22, these persons will celebrate the Rite of Election
at either St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown at 1:30 p.m. or St. Joseph Church in
Canton at 6:00 p.m. During these rites, they will be presented to Most Reverend George V.
Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown. During the Rite of Election, godparents, sponsors and
members of the assembly are asked to attest to the readiness of these men, women and
children for the Sacraments of Initiation. The candidates will then continue their final
preparation for Easter in parishes throughout the diocese. Along with all Catholics, they
will observe the weeks of Lent as a time of spiritual recollection in anticipation of the great
feast of Easter.