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February 18, 2018

Dear Friends,

On this First Sunday of our Lenten Journey, I invite our parish familyh to accompany prayerfully our Catechumens and Candidates in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Last September, our RCIA Catechumenate began at St. John the Evangelist Parish.  Over these last six months, our RCIA Coordinators, Emily and Jarrod Thome, along with Vickie Berntsen and Jim Leibold, meet weekly with those persons in the community who wanted to learn about our Catholic Faith.

There are two specific groups on this journey: Catechumens, (those persons who have never been baptized), and Candidates, (those persons who have been baptized in a non-Catholic Faith).  Over the last six months, our RCIA Class has met weekly on Sunday mornings at the parish.  They have learned the major beliefs of our Catholic Faith.  At the 10:30 a.m. Mass this weekend, we will celebrate the Rite of Sending.  Our Catechumens and Candidates from our parish will travel Sunday afternoon to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, where they will be received by Bishop Carl Kemme as the Elect.

In these next six weeks entering into Holy Week, I ask you to pray for our Elect.  These sisters and brothers are now in the most intense part of their formation into the Catholic Faith.  We pray for them; we accompany them; we encourage them; and we learn from them.  Their desire to become Catholic should inspire us to be better Catholics.

God willing, we will be welcoming these individuals into Full Communion into our Catholic Faith at the Easter Vigil on March 31.  On that most holy night, these Elect will be receiving the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, (for the Catechumens); Confirmation; and Holy Communion.  They will join us at the Altar of God and become full members of our St. John the Evangelist Parish family.  Please pray for these Elect.  We anxiously await their full communion into the Body of Christ.

May the Lord bless our Lenten Journey 2018.

In Christ's Service,

Fr. John 

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