On 23 November Pope Francis presided over a gathering of Catechumens in Saint Peter’s Basilica, in one of the final events of the Year of Faith.

At the beginning of the gathering, the Holy Father welcomed some 35 men and women by presiding over the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens.

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-welcomes-catechumens-in-saint-peters
Pope Francis’ homily: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-francis-homily-at-rite-of-admission-to-the-catechumenate
Extract: “I invite you to preserve [in] the enthusiasm of the first moment that made you open your eyes to the light of faith; to remember, as the beloved disciple, the day, the hour in which you remained with Jesus for the first time, that you felt his look on you. Never forget this look of Jesus on you, on you, on you. Never forget this look! It is a look of love. And in this way you will always be certain of the Lord’s faithful love. He is faithful. And be sure: he will never betray you!”

 

It’s so important to publicly celebrate the Rite of Acceptance in our parishes for the benefit of those preparing to be received into the Church, and also to renew and remind every parishioner of the call to holiness and to evangelise – to share the joy of our faith.