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Hundreds prepare to enter the Church with Rite of Election

Hundreds prepare to enter the Church with Rite of Election

Cardinal O’Malley recites the Prayer Over the Elect and Candidates before delivering the final blessing. Pilot photo/Jacqueline Tetrault MALDEN — Nearly 500 people preparing to enter the Church at Easter gathered at Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden March 10 for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. These ceremonies were one of the last steps for catechumens, who had never been baptized, and candidates, who are Christian but not Catholic, in their preparation to enter the Catholic Church. Two celebrations were held to accommodate the 470 catechumens and candidates as well as their godparents, sponsors, and families. […]

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