At the 5:00 PM Vigil Mass on March 9th we will celebrate the “Rite of Sending for Election” with our Catechumens as they sign their names to the Book of the Elect. The Church has discerned their readiness for reception of the initiation sacraments this Easter.
After this rite is celebrated here at Most Precious Blood, these Catechumens, along with their sponsors, will be sent by our parish to Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine, for the “Rite of Election” March 10th, with Bishop Noonan. Based on their Sponsor’s testimony, and the parish community’s support of their readiness for the Sacraments, the Bishop will declare the Catechumens to be the Elect- chosen by God for the sacraments of initiation this Easter. Please remember to pray for all of those participating in the RCIA process on their journey through the Catholic Faith.
The parish community of Most Precious Blood rejoices with our 9 Catechumens who will celebrate the Rite of Election this Sunday at Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine with Bishop Noonan. The Bishop has declared them The Elect of God to be initiated at Easter through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Rejoice!
Please continue to pray for the Elect as they journey towards their Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.
Jesus, shepherd and lover of souls, welcome these souls into the heart of your Church and let them know how much you love them already. Wrap your loving arms around them and give them faith, strength, peace, hope and love. Grant that they may always seek the truth, which is YOU! Amen.
Mother Mary, cover them with your mantle and lead them to Jesus. Pray for us NOW and at the hour of our death…
“First Scrutiny” On March 24th at the Sunday 5:30 pm Mass, we celebrate the “First Scrutiny” with The Elect in our RCIA process. These very moving and powerful prayers ask God’s protection on those who will soon be fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. In the Scrutinies we pray for deliverance from sin and protection against all evil. Your prayers and support are important to the Elect who have been journeying for many months toward the sacraments of Christian Initiation. Please continue to hold them in your Lenten prayers.
“ Second Scrutiny” On March 31st at the 10 am Mass, we celebrate the “Second Scrutiny” with The Elect in our RCIA process. This very moving and powerful Rite asks God’s protection on those who will soon receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The prayers for healing and deliverance from evil contained in the Scrutinies are meant to complete the conversion of The Elect. In the Second Scrutiny, the focus is on social sin and the image of Jesus as the light of the world. Your prayers and support are important to the Elect who have been journeying for many months toward the sacraments of Christian Initiation. Please continue to hold them in your Lenten prayers.
On April 7th at the 8:00 AM Mass we celebrate the “Third Scrutiny” with the Elect in our RCIA process.
This Lenten Ritual for the unbaptized is celebrated to deliver the Elect from the power of sin, protect them
against temptation, and give them strength in Christ. In the Third Scrutiny, Lazarus becomes an icon for each
one of us who is loved deeply by Christ. This saving love bids us to come out from the tomb of sin and death.
The Scrutinies are an expression of God’s transforming and saving love. They are grace-filled encounters with
God through the healing power of the Spirit. Please continue to pray for the Elect as they journey towards their Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.
What does Lent have to do with those becoming Catholic?
In Lent, RCIA participants move into the final period of preparation for the sacraments. They have been nourished by the graces of various liturgical Rites throughout the RCIA process, which have helped them to embrace God’s call. In Lent, God pours purifying and enlightening graces upon them, through the spiritual preparation they receive in RCIA sessions, the special Rites that mark the Sundays of Lent, and the prayers offered for them by the faithful.
How should the RCIA process encourage all Catholics to enter into Lent more deeply?
The Church, in the RCIA process, calls this proximate time immediately preceding initiation the period of “Purification and Enlightenment” for those in the RCIA process. That is what Lent is meant to be for all of us, who are already receiving the graces poured out through the sacraments of the Church. The Church calls us to reflect on our own baptismal graces, through prayer, penance, and almsgiving. We are also called to pray for those who are approaching the Easter sacraments of initiation. We are called to examine our lives through increased prayer and penitential practice; identify sins that keep us from becoming holy; purify ourselves through the sacrament of Reconciliation; and express our gratitude to God through the love of the poor by giving from our material and spiritual bounty. Throughout Lent, we enter into the Passion of Jesus Christ. We turn our hearts and minds in prayer to our own Way of the Cross, we call our own wounds by name, and we give them to the Divine Healer. When we behold the empty tomb at Easter we can be filled with joy, believing with complete certainty that those chains that bind us have been broken, and that life, not death is our birthright.
How can every Catholic make Lent a time of “purification and enlightenment”?
We can attend weekday Mass. We can reflect on the Creed, taking each statement of belief and asking ourselves if we do believe, and what it means in our everyday lives. We can go to adoration and to Confession. We can attend our parish penance service. We can pray the Stations of the Cross, pray the Liturgy of the Hours, pray the rosary. We must pray, every day. We can fast from food, TV, foul language, gossip, and the list goes on and on. We can give alms, in a genuinely sacrificial manner, to the poor. As Catholics, we know all of these things. It is not a lack of “things to do” that have many of us scratching our heads on Holy Thursday wondering why Lent was really not any different for us than any other forty days throughout the year. What we lack is a conversion of the heart. We don’t have to seek far to hear God speak to us. The Church in her wisdom provides us in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass what our hearts yearn to hear. In the Lenten liturgies the Church prays what she believes and teaches, and in word and sacrament, the Lord directs us toward his Divine heart.
What are the Scrutinies?
These Rites are celebrated to help deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (RCIA 141). The Rites of Scrutiny are meant to uncover, and then heal, all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the elects’ hearts and to bring out through repentance all that is upright, strong, and good. Three Scrutinies are celebrated in the parish community on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent, after the homily. The Scripture readings for the Scrutinies ordinarily come from Cycle A of the Lectionary: the Gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well for the 1st Scrutiny, the Gospel story of the healing of the man born blind for the 2nd Scrutiny, and the Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus for the 3rdScrutiny. The celebrations of the Scrutinies also remind the whole parish community of the need to reflect on their own sins and the need for God’s help.
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