Last Sunday, February 26, 2017, in a Rite of Sending, our parish joyfully and with care, support and prayers, sent six Candidates, Desiree Santana-Martinez, Ian Halili, Ken Booth, Ron Ramelo, Sandy Sherman and Steve Hawkins with five children, Catechumens Angelo Baena, Iman Christian, Nariah Martinez, Nadiah Martinez and Candidate Jazmine Carranza-Martinez to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento.
A Candidate is someone who has been previously baptized in another Christian faith. At the Easter Vigil, candidates will not be baptized since Baptism marks us with an indelible character. In other words, we may be baptized only once. Instead, candidates make a profession of faith, are confirmed, and receive the Eucharist.
Catechumens are those individuals who have never been officially initiated into a church community prior to their entrance into the Catholic Church. At the Easter Vigil, catechumens celebrate all three Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Another way we state this is to say that catechumens are seeking full communion with the Church.