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Pentecost & the Sacraments of Initiation

Due to coronavirus restrictions, we were unable to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil this year. We’ve been continuing to meet with our students in RCIA online, and are overjoyed to finally be able to welcome them into full communion with the Church and share with them in the Eucharistic feast of our Lord.

Two catechumens from WCU will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at St. Mary’s, along with three youths from St. Mary’s faith formation program. An additional three students from WCU who were baptized outside of the Church will be received into full communion and receive Confirmation and Eucharist. This will take place during the 7:00 pm Vigil Mass this Saturday which will be live streamed on St. Mary’s Facebook Page.

We currently have four additional students in various stages of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) who continue to prepare to receive their sacraments at a later time. Please pray for all those preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation, for a spirit of ongoing conversion.

Pentecost is a fitting time to welcome new members into the Church, as scripture records that “about three thousand people” were baptized on that day (Acts 2:41). It is also an occasion for those of us who are already members of Christ’s Body to commit ourselves anew to life in the Spirit. That’s what I discuss in this week’s video reflection.