On Sunday, December 11th at the 11 am mass, Dina Henry and Henry Ko were admitted to the Order of Catechumen, their first formal step on the way to Baptism and full initiation in the Catholic Church. The inquirers were welcomed by pastor, Fr. Bob through the Rite of Acceptance. This is the first formal assembly for these people where they state their intention to live a Christian life; they are anointed with the Oil of Catechumen, and they are granted certain rights. Joined to the Church, the catechumens are now part of the household of Christ, since the Church nourishes them with the Word of God and sustains them by means of liturgical celebrations. One who dies during the catechumenate receives a Christian burial. It is anticipated these two catechumen will be welcomed into the church through Baptism at the Easter Vigil Mass, at which time they will also be confirmed and receive the Eucharist. Click
for more photos of the Rite of Acceptance.