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Photos of My Daughter the New Catholic Catechumen

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If you are not a Pastor, R.C.I.A Instructor, or Convert to the Catholic Church, chances are is that you have probably never witnessed the liturgy of The Rite of Election. I’m a convert to the Church and never even witnessed it before, but that isn’t really saying much, being that I’ve never been to a Catholic wedding or Catholic funeral either.

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.

David Gray, March 10, 2014
    • Eileen Mechler
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    • March 11, 2014

    I'm guessing that you are Daeleon's proud sponsor. What an honor and blessing as a father to witness to the conversion of your first born baby girl! God bless you both.

    • Thank you Eileen. No she has a sponsor that is down there with her. Yes, it is an honor, a blessing, and an answered prayer. I might tear up when I see her Baptized this Easter. :D

        • Eileen Mechler
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        • March 12, 2014

        Just tear up? Right. You'll be bawling like a baby. And good for you!

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    • March 11, 2014

    Congratulations! :-) Make sure she knows that this is not the end, but the beginning of her Catholic education -- as my flight instructor told me upon receipt of my pilot's license "What I give you now is a license to learn" :-) I, for one, would like to see the Church have a focus on continuing Religious Education.

    • Thank you Dr. Falken! Yeah, I agree. In lieu of required continuing education, perhaps our priests can use their 15 minute homily to expound upon the faith. I'm full of novel ideas. LOL

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