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Feb. 21, 2018

Ogdensburg – Bishop Terry R. LaValley will preside at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

This is one of the final steps for catechumens who are preparing to enter the Catholic Church at Easter and candidates (those who are already baptized) who seek full communion with the church.

The catechumens will receive all three of the Easter sacraments – baptism, the Eucharist and confirmation – in their parishes during the Easter Vigil.

At the Rite of Election, upon the testimony of sponsors and catechists and the catechumens' affirmation of their intention to join the Church, the Church makes its "election" of these catechumens to receive the Sacraments of Initiation.

In the presence of the bishop, they inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect at the cathedral as a pledge of fidelity to the Catholic Church.

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