Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion Journey to the Faith

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Jennifer Donaldson of St. Joseph Parish in Martinsburg signs the Book of Elect at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. James Parish in Charles Town Feb. 27.

By Colleen Rowan

Although snow storms caused the cancellaton of the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion in the north and south, 141 catechumens and 155 candidates across the diocese are closer to full communion with the Catholic Church.

With a reprieve from inclement weather in the Eastern Panhandle, the celebration did commence at St. James Parish in Charles Town Feb. 27. The other two celebrations were scheduled to be held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling Feb. 28 and the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston.

During the Easter Vigil at their home parishes, catechumens will be baptized, confirmed and receive first Communion while candidates will be confirmed and receive first Communion.

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