Dear Pastors and Directors / Coordinators of the Catechumenate (RCIA),
His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan invites those catechumens (the unbaptized) who participated in their parish Catechumenate (RCIA) process and are ready to celebrate the three sacraments of Christian initiation this Easter to formally celebrate the
Archdiocesan Rite of Election
on the First Sunday of Lent, March 5, 2017 at 2:00PM at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
All the catechumens, along with their godparents, of the Archdiocese of New York are invited to attend the Archdiocesan Rite of Election at the Cathedral. According to the Rite, paragraph #121: “Admission to election therefore belongs to the bishop, and the presiding celebrant for the rite of election is the bishop himself.”
You must register your Catechumens in advance. The preparation for this celebration is extensive and so you must register by Friday, February 24, 2017. If your parish registration is not in by the 24th of February, we will not be able to include your parish name in the program booklet and the names of your Catechumens will not be called at the Archdiocesan Rite of Election.
Registration is online in the link at the top of this page. Registration begins on February 1, 2017.
There will be reserved seats for parish groups at the Cathedral. We respectfully ask that all other guests find their seats in unreserved pews of the Cathedral.
We also invite each parish attending the Cathedral Rite to send a parish hospitality volunteer to assist at the Rite. Please note that the Parish Representative and Parish Hospitality Volunteer should not be a Godparent / Sponsor. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact us at the Catechetical Office at 646-794-2692 or by e-mail at:
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. It really makes a difference.
Sr. Joan Curtin, CND Mr. Oscar Cruz
Archdiocesan Director Director, Catechumenate