Friday, April 02, 2004

It is great to know that God is in charge

As reported by Zenit, according to the US Bishops' Conference, 150,000 will enter into the fullness of faith this Easter Vigil. Of that number, 24,000 will be baptized. Note, this is only based on three-fourths of the dioceses having responded in time to compile the statistics.

As recent events demonstrate, God continues to grow His Church amidst our very difficult times. (If you want an example go to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal page, click on the button to view an update on Father, and read the emails that are sent to Father Groeschel. The ones posted represent thousands which have been sent to him in recent weeks.)

As one who entered into the fullness of faith almost three years ago, I am grateful to God that He continues to call all of us to enter into His joy. It is wonderful to see so many responding to His call. May we continue our work of evangelization in the way that the Lord has seen fit to use us.

More than 150,000 Americans will join the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday, through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, says the U.S. bishops' conference.

Among them, more than 62,000 participated in the Rite of Election with their bishops at the beginning of Lent.

About 24,000 of the group will be baptized, confirmed and receive Communion for the first time at the Easter Vigil, and 36,000, who already have been baptized, will embrace full membership in the Catholic Church.

Another 90,000 or so people celebrated the Rite of Election in their parishes rather than attending the diocesan-wide ceremony, usually held at the cathedral.

"The Rite of Election in my diocese was the highlight of the year," said Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Evangelization.

"I worried that the cathedral would be next to empty due to all the scandal news this year, but I was delighted to find that the numbers signing the Book of the Elect were higher than last year," he said. "It is great to know that God is in charge."

The numbers at the diocesan ceremonies are based on an early March survey by the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Evangelization. About three-quarters of the dioceses responded by March 25.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, RCIA, is an ancient rite that was reinstituted in the Church following the Second Vatican Council. It is the usual means for adults to come into the Church.

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