2nd Step

Election or Enrollment of Names

The outline of this Rite is as follows:

Liturgy of the Word

  • Homily
  • Presentation of the Catechumens
  • Affirmation by the Godparents [and the Assembly]
  • Invitation and Enrolment of Names
  • Act of Admission or Election
  • Intercessions for the Elect
  • Prayer over the Elect
  • Dismissal of the Elect

Liturgy of the Eucharist

This rite does not have to be a full mass. In this case, there is no liturgy of the eucharist, and thus no dismissal of the elect.

Rite of Calling the Candidates to Continuing Conversion

The outline of this rite is as follows:

Liturgy of the Word

  • Homily
  • Presentation of the Candidates for Confirmation and Eucharist
  • Affirmation by the Sponsors [and the Assembly]
  • Act of Recognition
  • General Intercessions
  • Prayer over the Candidates
  • [Dismissal of the Assembly] – if the Eucharist is not to be celebrated

Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Combined Rite

Where there are both Catechumens (unbaptized) and Candidates (baptized) in a Diocese there is the option of a combined Rite at this stage. This Rite is formally know as The (Combined) Celebration of the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates Who are Preparing for Confirmation and/or Eucharist or Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.

The outline of this Rite is as follows [550 – 561]:

Celebration of Election

  • Presentation of the Catechumens
  • Affirmation by the Godparents [and the Assembly]
  • Invitation and Enrollment of Names
  • Act of Admission or Election

Celebration of the Call to Continuing Conversion

  • Presentation of the Candidates
  • Affirmation by the Sponsors [and the Assembly]
  • Act of Recognition
  • Intercessions for the Elect and the Candidates
  • Prayer over the Elect and the Candidates
  • Dismissal of the Elect

Liturgy of the Eucharist