Preparing for Baptism at OLL
On Sunday, February 18, two children from Our Lady of the Lake School, along with their parents and families, traveled to St. John Cathedral for the “Rite of Election of Catechumens.” This trip followed the “Rite of Sending” at Our Lady of the Lake, where Fr. Joe Fortuna, Pastor, and the entire congregation prayed over and blessed them as they approached this step toward baptism.
At the Cathedral, Bishop Nelson Perez, Bishop of Cleveland, personally greeted each, along with the OLL catechumens, Ava Kless and Aiden Doyle. Bishop Perez also spoke to the dozens of catechumens gathered in the Cathedral using these words, ““We’ve been praying for you and will be walking with you.” He also assured them as they approach baptism that, ““The Holy Father tells us the Lord is already there, waiting for us with open arms. How blessed we are,”
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the preparation process for Baptism, as well as Confirmation and Eucharist, for those who desire to become Catholic. All are welcome to join OLL for the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 31, at 8:00 pm, when Aiden and Ava will be baptized, confirmed and receive their first Eucharist (First Communion), thus completing the “sacraments of initiation.”
Shawn Witmer, Pastoral Associate