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Rite of Election

When a Catechumen and their priest and parish team believe the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election.

In the Diocese of Savannah, the Rite of Election is celebrated on the Saturday after Ash Wednesday and the First Sunday of Lent.

Catechumens and Candidates should be accompanied by their sponsors, and are encouraged to invite all who have had a part in their formation to attend, particularly those on the RCIA team. Family members and other interested individuals in the parish should be encouraged to make a pilgrimage with them for the solemn occasion.

Those parishes who will be sending Catechumens and Candidates may want to celebrate the optional “Parish Celebration for Sending Catechumens for Election and Candidates for Recognition by the Bishop” in the parish before coming to the Rite of Election. The Catechumens will be coming forward to sign a Diocesan Book of the Elect. You do not need to bring your parish book.

Those planning to attend the Rite of Election should register through their parish.

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