265 Persons Prepare to Become Members of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Youngstown at Easter
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:00

NEWS RELEASE                144 West Wood Street,
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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT January 26, 2016
SUBJECT          265 Persons Prepare to Become Members of the Catholic Church in
                           the Diocese of Youngstown

MORE INFO      Reverend Michael Balash, Director of the Office of Worship  330.744.8451

Within the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 265 men, women and children are preparing to become members of the Catholic Church at Easter. One hundred and one (101) persons will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil on March 26; and one hundred and sixty-four (164) 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 14, these persons will celebrate the Rite of Election at either St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown at 1:30 p.m. or St. Joseph Church, Canton at 6:00 p.m. During these rites, they will be presented to the 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 reconciliation in anticipation of the great feast of Easter.

For more information, contact Reverend Michael D. Balash, Director of the Office of Worship 330-744-8451, ext. 282.