Adults prepare to celebrate becoming Catholic in three parishes

Candidates for the Sacraments of Initiation, along with their sponsors and RCIA groups pictured after the Rite of Election at the Cathedral with Bishop Fintan Gavin. (Photo: Brian Lougheed)

The Diocese of Cork and Ross is preparing to celebrate an increase in the number of adult Catholics in its parishes.

Thirteen adults from three parishes in the Diocese have taken the final step in preparation for the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist in their parishes during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday Night. 

Five of the people involved will be Baptised, Confirmed and receive the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil in their respective parishes.

Eight people will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church when they will be Confirmed and receive the Eucharist in their parishes on Holy Saturday night. (They are already baptised in another Christian tradition.)

The candidates were presented to the bishop at a special Mass in the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, Cork, on Saturday 5th March and were accompanied by family members, sponsors and people from their parishes.

Trained parishioners in their parishes have accompanied them throughout their preparation as they followed the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in their parishes. 

This is also the first time in three years that the Easter Vigil and other Holy Week and Easter ceremonies will be celebrated in-person.

Those preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are Alexandra Hulakova, Zsolt Nagy and Ryan O’Sullivan Keating from Carrigaline Parish; Zaneta Kasiubaityte from Bandon Parish and Nicolas Nussli from South Parish.  During the celebration they all signed the Book of the Elect to enrol their names as part of the Rite of Election.

Those preparing for full communion with the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist are Mateja Kralj, Macicj Faustmann and Hugo Santos Garcia from Carrigaline Parish; Itamara De Almeida Fares and Miguel Sanchez Garcia-Pozuelo from South Parish and Marcel Chramosil, Wanesa Kolenderska and Lucia Kristianova from Bandon Parish.

Bishop Fintan warmly welcomed those presenting themselves for the Sacraments as adults and those who prepared with them over the last one to two years in their parishes.

He said that this is a dimension of parish and diocesan life which will continue to grow and he assured all those preparing of his prayerful support.

Information in relation to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the Diocese of Cork and Ross is available by contacting rcia@corkandross.org or from local parishes.