Sunday, April 12, 2015

Welcome to the Church

Holy Saturday was a memorable day for four young people who came into the Catholic Church at Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Sierra Vista.. The special  memory began in the church's courtyard with the Holy Saturday fire.
The candidates and catechumens make the fire go stronger by burning their retreat letters. 

 Procession into a dark church with the Paschal Candle-Christ our Light!
 Candidates and Catechumens are presented to Father Mike, our pastor.

 Preparing to be Baptized
 Baptism- you are now a member of the Catholic Church
 Sponsors put their hands on their shoulders for support as they walked with them the whole time during the RCIA program.
They now receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

"Be sealed with the Holy Spirit" 

 They are anointed with the oil of chrism.

You are now a full member in the Catholic Church. 

Fr. Mike is incensing the altar on Holy Saturday Night. 

The next day, the new members of the church returned for the 9:30am Mass on Easter Sunday. 

Fr. Manuel blessing the people with the Holy Water of Holy Saturday Night.

I had the privilege of reading at the Easter Sunday Mass.
The Presentation of the gifts are brought up by one of our school families. 

On Holy Saturday, the Catholic Church really grew as new members throughout the world were brought into the church.

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