News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool
by Veronica Murphy
This year the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, which always takes place in the Metropolitan Cathedral on the First Sunday in Lent, was supported by staff and students of Broughton Hall.
Led by Chaplain Kasia Boydell beautiful pieces of art work illustrating the readings: Ephesians 1:15–23 and the call of the first disciples as told in Mark’s gospel (Mark 2:14-17) were produced.
The girls who painted the boards were: Aminat Abiola, Moyo Odubanjo and Safiya Jamadar. Members of staff who helped create the boards and banner were: Frances Howard (banner) and Clare Adamson (banner), Samantha Haigh, Alex Ryder, Sinead Dowdall, Mark Anderton and the Art Department, The Head Girl and Head Prefect joined the Entrance Procession with the banner.
This annual celebration is an important step on the journey to full membership of the Roman Catholic Church for those, from across the Archdiocese, who have been learning about what it means to be a Catholic and feel ready to receive the Sacraments of Initiation during Eastertide.
For those who have not been baptised, there was the declaration, by the Archbishop, of their election: recognition that they have indeed been chosen and called by God to be baptised, confirmed and share fully in the Eucharist as members of the Body of Christ, the Church. Once they have been presented to the Archbishop, they sign their name in the Book of the Elect, which remains on display throughout Lent.
For those already baptised the Archbishop called them to continuing conversion during the Lenten season in preparation for their full sharing in the Easter Mysteries. During the service Godparents and Sponsors testified to the readiness of those they are accompanying and all present promised to support them in prayer.
Archbishop McMahon gave everyone who attended a prayer card to use throughout Lent in support of all who are preparing for the Easter celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation.
If you would like to know more about RCIA or how to form a parish/pastoral area team for welcoming enquirers into the Catholic faith please contact the Pastoral Formation Department Tel: 0151 522 1040 or email V.Murphy@rcaol.co.uk.