383 in Youngstown Diocese will join Catholic Church
Rite of Election services are planned for Sunday.
YOUNGSTOWN -- In the six-county diocese of Youngstown, 383 men, women and children will become members of the Catholic Church at Easter. The diocese is made up of Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Ashtabula, Portage and Stark counties.
At the April 15 Easter vigil, 151 people will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Already baptized in other Christian traditions, 232 people will make a profession of the Catholic faith and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
These people have been participating in parishes around 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 Catholic way of life. They also learn about and participate in the apostolic mission of the church.
They will celebrate the Rite of Election on Sunday during services at 2 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral and at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Canton. Bishop Benedict C. Franzetta, retired auxiliary bishop of Youngstown, will officiate in Youngstown and Monsignor Robert J. Siffrin, diocesan administration, will officiate in Canton.
During this service, godparents, sponsors and members of the assembly are asked to attest to the readiness of these men, women and children for the Sacrament of Initiation. The candidates will continue their final preparation for Easter in parishes around the diocese. They will observe Lent as a time of spiritual recollection in anticipation of Easter.