Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed attending the Rite of Election on the First Sunday in Lent this year at the Church of The Immaculate Conception in Dayton, Ohio, where my oldest daughter, Daeleon, publicly declared her intention to enter the Church this coming Easter. It was a very beautiful and dignified celebration; filled with all the bells, smells, and great music that you would expect. The Rite of Election was preceded by the Rite of Sending that took place after the homily at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford, Ohio, where she attends school at Miami University. The Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxillary Bishop of Cincinnati was the celebrant for this occasion.
I was able to take a few pictures this awesome day for our family. The bottom photo is from St. Mary’s with Fr. Silver and the other Catechumens and Candidates with their sponsors, and the other two photos I took after the Rite of Election in Dayton; one with her instructor Debbie and the other with her making a painful grimace because her feet were hurting from the heels that she was wearing. I don’t understand why women put themselves through the torture . . . LOL
If you want to know a little more about the Rite of Election, here is a nice article about it that was put together by Fr. William Saunders, and here is a PDF Document of the Rite.