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The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Vigil will welcome 25 into the Church

After having undergone months (even up to a year for some) of study and preparation during the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), eight Catechumens and seventeen Candidates will be welcomed into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, Saturday, April 23, 2011.

For those who do not know the difference between a  Catechumen and a Candidate:
Catechumens are unbaptized persons who desire to be fully incorporated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.
Candidates are those who have been baptized in the Christian faith and are seeking full communion in the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Proof of valid baptism in a recognized Christian denomination (by way of a certificate of baptism or letter of verification from one’s pastor or church of baptism) is required of all candidates
As a RCIA team member and former sponsor of a Catechumen during Easter 2010, nothing is more exhilarating than seeing the look of joy on the Catechumens and Candidates faces as they identify with the bigger picture for joining the Catholic Church and are given a warm welcome by those present. A Catholic husband or wife who's significant other is of another denomination find themselves fighting back the tears as their love one has accepted the call by Christ to join in full communion with his Church.

This year we wish to welcome the following Catechumens and Candidates from the various Parishes:

CANDIDATES
Antionette Wilmott - St. Anselm
Kim Seymour - St. Joseph
Kevin Jones - St. Thomas More
Carl Culmer - St. Cecilia
Lamar Thompson - St. Cecilia
Demarchia Davis - Sacred Heart
Amy Lamm - Holy Family
Leslie Wilson - Holy Family
John Bishop - St. Francis Xavier
Tamara Bullard - St. Francis Xavier
Brandford Chase - St. Francis Xavier
Danny Davis - St. Francis Xavier
Lisa Dean - St. Francis Xavier
Dwavarion Dorsett - St. Francis Xavier
Cinthya Pena - St. Francis Xavier
Tony Pierre-Juste - St. Francis Xavier
Rudiea Ferguson - St. Francis Xavier
 
CATECHUMENS
Martin Cleare - Holy Family
Kermit Culmer - Holy Family
Jonathan Stubbs - Holy Family
Christa Cummings - St. Bede
Felicia Stuart - St. Bede
Renarda Murray - St. Bede
Solomon Lord - St. Joseph
Shantell Hepburn - St. Francis Xavier
 
As Easter is the greatest feast on the Christian calendar, let's make that special effort to make it out for Mass to celebrate the Easter Triduum; beginning with Holy Thursday, Good Friday then Easter Vigil. The Easter Triduum is a single celebration but done over a period of 3 days, so you would not want to miss any part of the event.

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately I had to work so I missed tonight's Holy Thursday Service with the washing of the feast and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. I look forward to Mass in the morning as we celebrate the second part of the Easter Triduum "Good Friday".

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