On March 5, 2017, 94 catechumens from our Archdiocese took part in the Rite of Election at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. Members of the Congregation of Notre-Dame participated, including Sr. Lorraine Caza, who shared her experience with the group.

On March 5, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, I participated along with Sister Lise Desrochers in the Rite of Election, a step taken by 94 catechumens of the Archdiocese of Montreal, who will be receiving the sacraments of Christian Initiation during the Easter Vigil in April 2017.

The catechumenate team wished to highlight the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal by entrusting some of the Marguerite Bourgeoys sisters with accompanying these catechumens through prayer during this last stage of their preparation for the sacraments of initiation.

The team called on our community at the Maison de Prière Notre-Dame to ensure this support in the form of prayer. I thus received from Bishop Alain Faubert the large register containing the signatures of the catechumens. It will be displayed in our chapel for the entire duration of Lent, and I should be returning it to the Archbishop of Montreal, Most Reverend Christian Lépine, at the Chrism Mass.

We are happy, at the Maison de Prière, to be involved in this way; and I feel it is important that I express the great joy with which we are fulfilling this request, and we wish for the entire Congregation to bear this intention with us.

In fact, because of this invitation from the Archdiocese to the Marguerite Bourgeoys mission, I believe that we will be inclined to pray for all the 2017 catechumens in the Universal Church.

Most Sincerely,  

Lorraine Caza, CND

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