“Catechumens” have never been baptized and have been accepted for formation to prepare for the Easter sacraments. Our Rite of Acceptance took place in December. As Lent begins, we celebrate the Rite of Sending, to acknowledge those sent to our bishop for the Rite of Enrollment. The names of catechumens are formally entered into a “book of the elect” kept in their parish. (If there is doubt about one’s baptism, he/she has a “conditional” baptism. (We do the ritual “just in case.”) For example, some baptisms are done “in the Name of Jesus Christ.”
The Catholic Church considers valid only baptism done with water “in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” “Candidates” are already baptized and considered “in partial communion” with the Church. Through public profession of faith and reception of Confirmation & Eucharist, they enter into “full communion.” Like catechumens, candidates are recognized by the bishop in the Rite of Enrollment. Please keep our candidates and catechumens in your prayers.