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Rites of Election held for those joining the Church

About 670 people throughout the state will become Catholic at Easter

Published: February 18, 2016         

Christian initiation coordinators from parishes in central Arkansas display the Books of Elect signed by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor Feb. 14 during the Rite of Election at Immaculate Conception Church in North Little Rock.

Similar ceremonies were held in Jonesboro Feb. 12, Rogers Feb. 13 and Texarkana Feb. 15. The Rites of Election are usually held on or near the first Sunday of Lent for catechumens and candidates from around the diocese.

Catechumens, now called elect, will be baptized, confirmed and receive the Eucharist in their parishes during Easter Vigil Masses March 27. Also recognized were candidates who are already baptized and seek full communion with the Catholic Church. About 670 elect and candidates will become Catholic at Easter. 

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