Resources for Rite of Election


The Rite of Election, typically held the first Sunday of Lent, formally recognizes individuals who have been preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. During the ceremony, parish representatives acknowledge the catechumen’s readiness to become Catholic and Bishop John Noonan declares them as the Elect of God.

This year’s Rite of Election will be February 18, 2018 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe at 3 p.m.

Resources for Rite of Election

Office of Liturgy – Memo to Catechumenate Directors

Sending of the Catechumens for Election

Rite of Election 2018  – Script for Rehearsal

Rite of Election 2018 – Seating Plan