The Rite of Election at the beginning of Lent is a significant stage in the journey of faith for thousands of people who seek to become Catholics this Easter. For each diocese gathered around their bishop in the cathedral this is an annual highlight as people from parishes across the diocese gather to recognise the testimony of those who have walked alongside those who either seek baptism or reception into the Catholic Church and for them to be declared ready for this next step.
Resources to assist parishes with the Season of Lent have been produced by the RCIA Network. For more details see below.
Rite of Election Statistics
Each year the figures for the Rite of Election are collated. They may not represent the total number of all who will become Catholics this Easter but it offers an annual snapshot.
|Diocese||Adult Catechumens||Adult Candidates.||Child Catechumens||Child Candidates||Unknown||Total|
|Arundel and Brighton||42||77||2||121|
|Hexham and Newcastle||20||74||94|
RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – the liturgical text that provides the way that adults become members of the Catholic Church through participation in the liturgy, engagement in the life of the local church, understanding of Church teaching and works of witness and social action.
Rite of Election: the liturgical celebration on or near to the First Sunday of Lent at which the readiness of the Catechumens (and Candidates) is witnessed to and the Bishops declares them ready (the ‘election’) to celebrate the Sacraments at the next Easter Vigil
Catechumens: Those who have not be previously baptised who seek to become Catholics through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
Candidates: Those who have been previously baptised in another Christian denomination who seek to become Catholics through the Rite of Reception.
Children: Those who are of catechetical age (c. 7) can seek to become Catholics either with families or though their own desire.
Resources for Lent
The RCIA Network has produced a series of resources to assist parishes in the next stage of the journey of faith.
- Liturgical resources for the Celebration of the Scrutinies.
- Notes and Questions for reflection on the Sunday Readings.
- Study material for the RCIA to develop their understanding of the Rite