Saturday, April 20, 2019

#BreakingNews 37,000 to Become Catholic at Easter Vigil Mass in the USA


Catholic Church in the United States Will Welcome Thousands of New Catholics at Easter Vigil Masses

April 17, 2019
WASHINGTON— Dioceses across the country will be welcoming thousands of people into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil Masses on the evening of April 20th. As the culmination of the Easter Triduum, the Vigil celebrates the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While people can become Catholic at any time of the year, the Easter Vigil is a particularly appropriate moment for adult catechumens to be baptized and for already-baptized Christians to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Many of the dioceses across the nation have reported their numbers of people who intend to become Catholic on Saturday to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Based on these reports, more than 37,000 people are expected to be welcomed into the Church at Easter Vigil Masses.
Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. Then during the RCIA process, which typically lasts nine months or more, a person learns the teachings of the Catholic Church in a more formal way and discerns that he or she is ready to commit to living according to these beliefs. Thousands of people have already passed through this process and are ready to take this step on Saturday in parishes throughout the country.
Two distinct groups of people will be initiated into the Catholic Church. Catechumens, who have never been baptized, will receive Baptism, Confirmation and first Communion at the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. Candidates, who have already been baptized in another Christian tradition, will enter the Church through a profession of faith and reception of Confirmation and the Eucharist.
For example, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest in the United States, will welcome 1,560 catechumens and 913 candidates; the Archdiocese of San Francisco will welcome 174 catechumens and 175 candidates; and the Diocese of San Diego will welcome 306 catechumens and 806 candidates.
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will welcome 1,512 catechumens and 631 candidates. Among them will be Alfredo Acosta, who is experiencing both intense sorrow and joy over the past two years that led him to become a Catholic. He suffered the loss of his two younger brothers who passed away, but then he also celebrated the birth of his son, Benjamin, now 18-months old. “My wife Gricelda is a cradle Catholic. She was born into her faith. Then we baptized our son last year, so I wanted to be able to share our faith with both of them,” Acosta said. Other catechumens and candidates say they were also inspired by the witness of Catholics in their lives
Other archdioceses and dioceses report numbers as follows: Archdiocese of Washington: 455 catechumens and 183 candidates; Atlanta: 645 catechumens, 1,181 candidates; Dallas: 1,196 catechumens, 1,399 candidates; Fort Worth: 600 catechumens, 500 candidates; Corpus Christi: 130 catechumens, 43 candidates; Tyler: 101 catechumens, 190 candidates; Charlotte: 724 catechumens, 1,284 candidates; Venice in Florida: 148 catechumens, 120 candidates; Archdiocese of New Orleans: 152 catechumens, 161 candidates; Columbus: 173 catechumens, 227 candidates; Erie: 51 catechumens, 80 candidates; Baton Rouge: 158 catechumens, 300 candidates; Orlando: 514 catechumens, 482 candidates; Monterrey: 297 catechumens; Crookston: 7 catechumens, 33 candidates; St. Augustine: 174 catechumens, 315 candidates; Rockville Centre: 272 catechumens; Arlington, VA: 285 catechumens, 277 candidates; Salina: 33 catechumens, 88 candidates; Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: 205 catechumens, 319 candidates; Archdiocese of Newark: 411 catechumens, 58 candidates; Archdiocese of Oklahoma City: 262 catechumens, 324 candidates; Syracuse: 48 catechumens, 59 candidates.
The Archdiocese of Seattle reports 769 catechumens and 424 candidates; Salt Lake City: 227 catechumens, 107 candidates; Yakima: 255 catechumens, 40 candidates; Little Rock: 272 catechumens, 324 candidates; Archdiocese of Louisville: 185 catechumens, 191 candidates; Davenport: 63 catechumens, 85 candidates; Archdiocese of Denver: 462 catechumens, 348 candidates; Albany: 55 catechumens, 86 candidates; Archdiocese of Philadelphia: 196 catechumens, 267 candidates; Tucson: 136 catechumens, 179 candidates; Savannah: 80 catechumens, 231 candidates; Steubenville: 26 catechumens, 67 candidates; Gallup, New Mexico: 75 catechumens/candidates; Harrisburg: 92 catechumens.  
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will be welcoming 322 catechumens, 403 candidates; Santa Rosa: 54 catechumens, 22 candidates; Trenton: 161 catechumens, 114 candidates; Honolulu: 197 catechumens, 184 candidates; Rochester: 62 catechumens, 112 candidates; Wichita: 123 catechumens, 234 candidates; Bridgeport: 71 catechumens, 210 candidates and Grand Rapids 171 catechumens, 186 candidates.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh reports: 101 catechumens, 161 candidates; Owensboro: 91 catechumens, 135 candidates; Lexington: 111 catechumens, 74 candidates; Archdiocese of Boston: 288 catechumens, 182 candidates; Covington: 65 catechumens, 121 candidates; Palm Beach: 152 catechumens, 464 candidates; Evansville: 81 catechumens, 94 candidates; Springfield, IL: 102 catechumens; 100 candidates; Manchester: 50 catechumens; Wilmington: 76 catechumens, 122 candidates; Archdiocese of Indianapolis: 330 catechumens, 465 candidates.
Additionally, the Diocese of Worcester reports 95 catechumens, 34 candidates; Belleville: 44 catechumens, 74 candidates; Lafayette: 63 catechumens, 93 candidates; Portland in Maine: 65 catechumens, 57 candidates; Houma-Thibodaux: 37 catechumens, 41 candidates; Yakima: 255 catechumens, 40 candidates; Youngstown, Ohio: 86 catechumens, 116 candidates; Des Moines; 97 catechumens, 131 candidates; Springfield, MA: 43 catechumens, 56 candidates; Paterson: 114 catechumens.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore will receive 227 catechumens, 410 candidates; Biloxi: 72 catechumens, 135 candidates; Green Bay, WI: 40 catechumens, 78 candidates; Shreveport: 27 catechumens, 94 candidates; Kansas City-St. Joseph: 160 catechumens, 155 candidates; Camden: 126 catechumens; Fall River: 43 catechumens, 65 candidates; Jefferson City: 100 catechumens; 165 candidates; Saginaw: 60 catechumens, 53 candidates; Cleveland: 251 catechumens, 270 candidates; Gary: 50 catechumens, 100 candidates.
The Archdiocese of Anchorage will also be welcoming 39 catechumens, 34 candidates; Bismarck: 16 catechumens, 44 candidates; St. Cloud: 17 catechumens, 40 candidates; New Ulm: 8 catechumens, 28 candidates; Great Falls-Billings: 38 catechumens, 60 candidates; Peoria: 82 catechumens, 196 candidates; Lake Charles: 61 catechumens, 141 candidates; Kalamazoo Michigan: 55 catechumens, 46 candidates.
FULL TEXT Release from the USCCB - Catholic Bishops' Conference of USA - Image source: Google Images - Fr. Broom

33 comments:

Unknown said...

Welcome HOME! ❤πŸ™πŸ‘

Morales 8 said...

Praise the Lord. America must return to the Lord otherwise they will be lost to the wolves of the darkness...you know which.

Unknown said...

U are warmly welcome

The Catholic Patriot said...

Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever! Now, perhaps you can report on how this compares to years past? Are we gaining or losing?

Mama Fitz said...

Fantastic news, great to see our faith alive!!

Anonymous said...

Come to the House of the Father, the Bride of His Son, and the Love of the Holy Spirit!

Anonymous said...

AAccording to this article,over 30,000 people became Catholics at the Eadter vigil mass 2018

http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-056.cfm

BCP said...

Wow! hope more young men and women will be clergymen and sisters. I pray for those who are thinking.

Unknown said...

Prayers for all those to become to the only church that JesuJESUCR left to us! THE CATHOLIC CHURCH welcomes you

Unknown said...

Welcome to family!

Unknown said...

Welcome to the family!

Oksana said...

I was welcomed at 28 (I am 43 now!) - THE best experience and journey of my life :) Love you all!

Iinda said...

Congratulations! Welcome Home.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Unknown said...

Amen
Glory to God

Vickynita Peters said...

Wowwww, God be praised. Thank you Jesus for the gift of the Catholic Church.

Unknown said...

So emotional reading this. I love hearing stories of converts. They inspire me to be a better Catholic. God bless

Anonymous said...

May God protect us all under the mantle of Our Lady of The Most Holy Rosary

Unknown said...

Wow that is great thank God for everything

Unknown said...

The great decision... God Bless Us All.

Unknown said...

I am blessed being a member of the ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC and APOSTOLIC Church. Welcome home my brothers and sisters πŸ™❤

Unknown said...

May God through the intercession of Mama Mary gather us all under the one universal church, the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church πŸ™

Unknown said...

What is this stupid so called priest think he is doing, he is so deceived into thinking that he is baptising these people when the scriptures teach that it must be full immersion in water the Greek word baptizo does not mean sprinkle or pour it only means full immersion the gospels attest to this John 3 : 23, Matthew 3 : 16, Acts 8 : 36-39. The blind and those that follow the blind both will fall into the ditch.

Anonymous said...

Amen

Unknown said...

You are most welcome to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.... May God, the Father, God,the Son and God,the Holy Spirit bless you.

Unknown said...

Enjoy your brand new soul! How awesome to be united with the Mystical Body of Christ,his Holy Roman Catholic Church! It's a lifetime of learning, so never stop and never waiver from attending Holy Mass and receiving the precious Body and Blood of our Divine Savior. Happy Easter everyone !

Unknown said...

He is risen.!!! Thank you Lord for an increase in the number of your soldiers. Welcome home my fellow Catholics and may Easter always reside in your hearts.

Vicky Landry
Franklin, La.

Unknown said...

Praise the Lord

Unknown said...

To the beloved of God that called this occasion stupidity, I pray that the ever most merciful Almighty enlightens you. May the Spirit of God enable you to overcome this deep seated anger and frustration at the things of God. You too will be welcome into the fold when ready

Rainbows said...

We had full immersion in our Catholic Church on this Easter.

Unknown said...

My heart jumped for joy after ready this news.



Unknown said...

Reading.

Unknown said...

Praise to the Lord. Many people to be a catholic church, because of that, Jesus Christ growt into heart of them.

Unknown said...

Praises be to Lord JESUS. I pray for more to become Catholics in near future.