At the Rite of Election, upon the testimony of sponsors and catechists, and the catechumens’ affirmation of their intention to join the Church, the Church makes its “election” of these catechumens to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. In the presence of the bishop (or his delegate), they inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect at the cathedral as a pledge of fidelity. Now the catechumens are called “the elect’ or “the illuminandi” (“those who will be enlightened”).

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Rite of Election Dates

Rite of Election, March 1, 2020 – 2:30 pm
Parishes from: Fraser Valley West, New Westminster and Vancouver West Deaneries, excluding St. Andrew Kim and Canadian Martyrs Parishes, and including St. Ann’s Abbotsford.

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Rite of Election, March 8, 2020 – 2:30 pm
Parishes from: Fraser Valley East, North Shore and Vancouver East Deaneries, including St. Andrew Kim and Canadian Martyrs Parishes, and excluding St. Ann’s Abbotsford.

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For a full list of parishes click here: ROE Parish Lists 2020

Rite of Election location: Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver


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