We Pray for our "Elect"


This year because of the journey with our catechumens, on Sundays, March 4, March 11 and March 18 at the 9:30 a.m. liturgies, our parish will offer special prayers, called SCRUTINIES, for our three catechumens, Camille Kautzmann, Moira Smith and Eva Taberski.

In each of these scrutinies, the community prays that the “elect” will be enlightened and purified and that any sinful influences within their hearts, and ours, will be removed by the grace of God promised in each of the specially chosen gospel stories on these three Sundays.

In the Gospel of the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Jesus meets the woman at the well. Like this woman, who in the presence of Jesus, faced all of the falsehood about herself, the elect and all the faithful are reminded that they must never put too much trust in themselves or in their own fragile human abilities.

In the Gospel of the 4th Sunday, Jesus heals the man born blind. Like this man, the elect and each of us are challenged to open our eyes and to begin to see with our hearts.

The Gospel of the 5th Sunday announces the ultimate promise of Jesus Christ as
Savior. Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the tomb. Whatever entombs any one of us,wherever we are spiritually dead, that’s exactly where Jesus calls us forth to new freedom through our dying and rising with him on the day of our Baptism.

Let us continue to pray for our catechumens as they continue to prepare to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil this year.