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Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion


The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be celebrated at three churches across the Diocese of Portland during the first weekend of Lent, March 4 & 5, 2017.

During the Rite of Election, catechumens (those who have not been baptized in any faith) are welcomed into the Order of the Elect. At the same time, candidates who were baptized in another ecclesial community will celebrate the Call to Continuing Conversion.

All are welcome and and encouraged to join in the celebrations, which will be held during Masses at the follow times and locations.

Saturday, March 4, at 4 p.m.
Holy Rosary Church, 32 Vaughn Street, Caribou

Sunday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m.
Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville

Sunday, March 5, at 5 p.m.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland - *Due to a prior commitment, Bishop Deeley has delegated the Vicar General to preside at this Mass.

Snow dates are the following weekend at the same times and locations.

All parishes are asked to please fill out the online registration form, indicating which site you will be attending.

During the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, parishes present the catechumens and the candidates to the bishop and the congregation.  Godparents and sponsors are then asked by by the bishop to affirm that the catechumens and candidates are sufficiently prepared to continue their faith journeys.  The congregation pledges its support and its prayers for those in preparation, and the catechumens and candidates affirm their desire to fully enter into the life of the Church.

The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion are held during the first weekend of Lent. The catechumens and candidates then spend the season of Lent reflecting and preparing to be welcomed into the Church. During the Easter Vigil, the elect will be baptized, confirmed, and receive first Eucharist, and candidates will be confirmed and receive first Eucharist.