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The Annual Mass with New Catholics

Apr08

The Annual Mass with New Catholics

Each year the Catholic Community welcomes new members, both infants and adults.  While infants are welcomed throughout the year through the Sacrament of Baptism, adults are usually welcomed through the Sacraments of Baptism Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist, celebrated at the Easter Vigil in their proper parish church. 

For many years in the Diocese of Hamilton, the Bishop has invited the newly baptized and those newly received into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church to join him for a festive celebration of the Eucharist at the Cathedral of Christ the King.  This year's Celebration took place on Sunday, April 7, 2013.  Bishop Crosby welcomed the neophytes (the newly-born members of the Body of Christ) to the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, "this is now your home." Bishop Crosby said to them, as he invited them into the Diocesan family and reflected with them on the meaning of their new life in Christ. 



The Bishop of the Diocese is responsible for overseeing the initiation of all who are welcomed into the Church, even if this responsibility is, for the most part, delegated to pastors.  However, the Bishop does participate in the sacraments of Christian initiation.  For example, he is the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Either personally, or through his delegates, he confirms the faith of young people baptized in infancy.  In the case of adults, the Priest who baptizes them, also confirms and celebrates the Eucharist with them, usually at the Easter Vigil. 

The Bishop participates in the initiation of adults by calling them together to celebrate the Eucharist in the Easter season.  He may also participate in their initiation by celebrating the Rite of Election at the beginning of Lent, when the Church acknowledges and celebrates God’s call to the catechumens and their eagerness to be born again in the waters of new life.