Welcome to the Cathedral Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Clifton.

 

Sunday 26th February 2017
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Isaiah 49: 14-15     1 Corinthians 4: 1-5     Matthew 6: 24-34

 

The Big Day.

In churches throughout our land there are thousands of people who are getting ready for their big day. Their big day will come on Easter Saturday night when they will be welcomed as new members of our parishes.

There are two types of people who will be received. Some are called ‘candidates’. Candidates are those people who are already baptised and perhaps once practised their faith in the churches of another Christian denomination. At the Easter Vigil they will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Others are known by the stranger name of ‘catechumens’. Catechumens are men and women who are committing themselves to Christ for the first time and who will be baptised and confirmed during the Vigil liturgy. Both candidates and catechumens will then join with us in taking part fully in the Eucharist by receiving Communion.

All of this is happening in our dioceses and in our parishes. On the First Saturday of Lent, next weekend, bishops will be celebrating the Rite of Election, a ceremony that officially recognises and names those who are to be baptised and received. And, during Lent, parishes will be having special prayers and blessings for their new members at Sunday Mass and other times. As their big day draws near, we welcome them and keep them in our prayers.

 

 

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Scripture Reflections (below) © Peter J Harrison 2017