Rite of Election prepares for full communion with the Church

TRUMBULL—As Lent begins, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will welcome approximately 250 men and women who are on the journey toward full communion with the Catholic Church. The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, the next formal step on that journey, will take place Sunday, March 10 at Saint Theresa Church in Trumbull.

This liturgical rite, traditionally held on the first Sunday of Lent, is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. It closes the period of formation and marks the beginning of the period of final preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.

There are 36 parishes that have participants currently taking part in the Rite of Election Ceremony. St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bridgeport has the highest number of people enrolled in its RCIA program: 47 candidates and 17 catechumens.

The parishes welcoming candidates and catechumens include:

Church of the Assumption Parish, Westport: 1 candidate
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Danbury: 21 candidates, 4 catechumens
Our Lady of Peace, Stratford: 1 candidate
Our Lady of the Assumption, Fairfield: 6 candidates
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Danbury: 3 candidates
Sacred Heart, Georgetown: 1 catechumen
Sacred Heart, Stamford: 17 candidates, 1 catechumen
Saint Aloysius Parish, New Canaan: 2 candidates
Saint Andrew Parish, Bridgeport: 6 candidates
Saint Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport: 3 candidates, 4 catechumens
Saint Cecilia Parish, Stamford: 3 candidates, 1 catechumen
Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Bridgeport: 47 candidates, 17 catechumens
Saint Edward the Confessor Parish, New Fairfield: 2 candidates, 1 catechumen
Saint Emery Parish, Fairfield: 2 candidates
Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Weston: 1 candidate
Saint George Parish, Bridgeport: 6 catechumens
Saint James Parish, Stratford: 1 candidate, 2 catechumens
Saint John Parish, Darien: 2 candidates
Saint Joseph Parish, Norwalk: 2 catechumens
Saint Joseph Parish, Shelton: 11 candidates, 3 catechumens
Saint Jude Parish, Monroe: 2 candidates
Saint Ladislaus Parish, Norwalk: 4 candidates
Saint Mark Parish, Stratford: 1 candidate
Saint Mary-St. Benedict/Our Lady of Montserrat Parish, Stamford: 17 candidates, 3 catechumens
Saint Mary Parish, Bethel: 2 candidates, 2 catechumens
Saint Mary Parish, Bridgeport: 8 candidates, 3 catechumens
Saint Mary Parish, Ridgefield: 3 candidates
Saint Matthew Parish, Norwalk: 7 candidates
Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Greenwich: 2 candidates
Saint Paul Parish, Greenwich: 1 candidate
Saint Peter Church, Bridgeport: 4 candidates, 13 catechumens
Saint Peter Church, Danbury: 3 candidates
Saint Theresa Parish, Trumbull: 10 candidates, 1 catechumen
Saint Thomas More Parish, Darien: 1 candidate, 1 catechumen
Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, Norwalk: 1 candidate

(For more information regarding RCIA and Adult Formation, contact Rose Talbot-Babey, Coordinator of Religious Education: 203.416.1648 or