• Granger parish celebrates new worship space

    By Claire Kenney

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    On Saturday, March 25, the gloom of a morning rain contrasted the energy and excitement of Granger’s St. Pius X parish community as members gathered to celebrate the long-awaited dedication of their new church. This two-year construction project culminated with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.

    “This new church will edify the parishioners and, even more, will be a place whose beauty gives honor and glory to God,” the bishop wrote in a letter to the community.

    He went on to write that the church will also “help the parish continue its great mission.”

    Parish pastor Msgr. William (Bill) Schooler, who came to St. Pius in 2001 and has overseen much of the church construction project, was visibly elated as he concelebrated alongside Bishop Rhoades, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Diocese of Joliet, fellow parish priest Father Bill Meininger and approximately 50 diocesan, visiting and Holy Cross priests whose presence underscored the parish’s Holy Cross roots.

    The celebration began with the Angelus at noon. From the outdoor courtyard of the church, via projection screen, Bishop Rhoades led the congregation gathered inside the church in prayer. At the conclusion of the Angelus, Bishop Rhoades, alongside his fellow celebrants, proceeded into the church. As the celebrants entered, the congregation rose to sing “Let Us Go Rejoicing,” a hymn whose verse, “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord,” accurately described the moment.

    During the Blessing and Sprinkling Rite that followed the procession, Bishop Rhoades prayed: “Brothers and sisters in Christ, in this solemn rite of dedication, let us ask the Lord our God to bless this water created by his hand. It is a sign of our repentance, a reminder of our baptism and a symbol of the cleansing of these walls and this altar.”

    During his homily Bishop Rhoades drew connections between the new church building becoming a true place of worship — a dwelling place of the Lord — as it goes forward from the dedication Mass, and the transformation that catechumens undergo as they prepare to eventually become dwelling places for the Lord as members of the Catholic Church. He also highlighted the similarity of the joy brought by the dedication day celebration to the joy of Easter.

    “This building is like our catechumens and today is like the Easter Vigil for this beautiful building made of stone, wood, steel and tile,” he said. “Already, the walls and the altar have been sprinkled with the holy water that is used in baptism. Soon, the walls and the altar will be anointed with the same holy chrism that is used at baptisms, confirmations and priestly ordinations. This building will thus become a church, a house of God.

    “At this Mass, this church is being dedicated and consecrated to the Lord,” he went on to say. “It will become a sacred building and reserved for sacred worship. And this block of stone will become an altar, which henceforth will only be able to be used for the eucharistic sacrifice, the banquet of the Lord. “

    The bishop later recognized the hard work of Msgr. Schooler in making the construction of the church possible, by drawing a parallel between his leadership and that of great biblical leaders.

    “I am very grateful to Msgr. Schooler, who has been both your King David and King Solomon in this wonderful project.” His words were followed by long applause and visible appreciation on the part of Msgr. Schooler. In his closing remarks at the end of Mass, Msgr. Schooler referred to his staff as “amazing.” He also recognized the “sacrifices of the parish” to see the project through to completion.

    The Mass included the Litany of the Saints, led by the choir and instrumental ensemble and the placement of a relic of St. Pius X into the altar. The bishop anointed the altar and 12 places within the church, signifying that the altar and walls “are given over entirely and perpetually to Christian worship.”

    Instrumentalist Mary Barnard, who was a member of the parish’s music ministry for many years and recently moved to Florida, came back to Granger for the dedication Mass.

    “I wanted to come back to be a part of this, because I’ve been a part of this community for like 20 years. It was so it was important for me to be here to see the culmination of all of our work,” she said. “I miss this very much.”

    Like Barnard, fellow instrumentalist Karen Stonehill also cherishes the St. Pius Parish community.

    “You see Father Bill, Jeremy (liturgy and music director) and our principal — you see their faith and everything come alive in their actions,” Stonehill said. “It’s just kind of a reflection of who we are as a church… a celebration of our faith as a family.”

    The growth of the parish, indicative of the growth of the Granger area, is certainly evident and parallels the need to implement this project years ago.

    “When I was first ordained and serving as the associate pastor of St. Matthew Cathedral and chaplain at Marian High School, traveling to St. Pius X in Granger to help with a penance service was a trip to a small parish in the middle of the countryside,” Msgr. Schooler said. “Returning as pastor in 2001, I encountered a very different reality. We have been working on adjusting to the new reality of 3,200 families by dedicating a new Parish Education Center in 2008 and dedicating a new church on March 25th of this year.”

    Eighteen-year parish member Mike Stesiak described the dedication as “beginning a new series or a new chapter of the church.” His brother, Jeff Stesiak, said one of his favorite aspects of the new church was the altar. He also applauded Msgr. Schooler for his leadership.

    “He is such a dynamic leader of this parish. He’s brought everyone together and I don’t know that it could have been done without him, to be honest with you,” Stesiak explained.

    Building toward
    dedication day

    In anticipation of the dedication, the parish sought active member engagement through a construction guessing game and a parish-wide vote to name two of the four new church bells. Additionally, parishioners could participate in Name That Mass Tune, a game rolled out on social media that involved guessing various church hymns — some of which were incorporated into the dedication Mass.

    Union Iron Workers celebrated no injuries or lost time while constructing the church, and, following its tradition, placed a Christmas tree and American flag on the last steel beam secured into the church’s structure last year — an occasion watched by the school community.

    Paul Johns has been a sacristan for a few years at St. Pius and serves as a member of parish council. He has witnessed the construction of the new church firsthand.

    “I’ve been able to come in at various stages throughout the development of the building process… from when they were pouring floors to where it is now. It’s really been a great process, to see everything come together and how beautiful the end result has been.”

    Ellen Bruneel, who also serves as a sacristan, was similarly enthusiastic.

    “Really, every little detail has so much meaning. Any one piece of it doesn’t represent the whole, just like the community of the church,” she said. “Every different piece of the architecture was so well thought of. Every component of is individually beautiful and comes together to create something even greater, just like the body of the church and its members.”

    Architectural
    elements

    With a prominent brick façade and magnificent bell tower complete with cast iron bells, the new church can hold 1,320 worshipers among its 112 pews and 104 seats. With a parish that has more than doubled over the past 10 years to approximately 10,000 individual parishioners, the construction was a necessary next step in continuing to build community at the parish and accommodate its growth.

    Modeled in the Romanesque style, the church incorporates its long-time relationship and history with the University of Notre Dame. Above the altar, in one of the murals depicting several saints, is Blessed Basil Moreau, the priest who started the Holy Cross Order of which the University of Notre Dame’s founder, Father Edward Sorin, was a member. There is also a small prayer space with a statue of St. André Bessette, a Holy Cross brother and the first Holy Cross saint. Additionally, the base of the crucifix above the altar is modeled after the Holy Cross coat of arms.

    Also relevant to St. Pius’ connection to Notre Dame are the set of organ pipes gifted to the parish from the university. St. Pius worked with an Illinois-based supplier to have the previously used pipes combined with refurbished pipes from the parish’s old organ. The base of the organ is new.

    The parish engaged several local entities to assist with the edifice’s creation, including Alliance Architects to design the church and a local woodworker to craft the crucifix suspended over the altar and the bases for the Stations of the Cross.

    Along the main aisle of the church are murals of the 12 Apostles, with the Gospel writers located closest to the altar. Mosaics of the covenants, including that of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jeremiah, line the floor leading to the altar. Decorative mosaic vines line the inside walls of the building. In the entryway of the courtyard connecting the new church to the old church — which will soon be completely transformed into the parish gathering area — there is a mosaic depicting the devil as a snake. The mosaic says, in Latin, “step on his head.”

    The altar from the old church will be reused in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the new church, located in the apse of the sanctuary. In his words to the congregation, the bishop applauded the parish for giving the faithful 24-hour access to this new chapel.

    Father Daniel Scheidt, former associate pastor of the parish, served as liturgical designer for the new St. Pius X, and as such was very influential regarding the artwork incorporated throughout the church. “He came up with a lot of these ideas,” Msgr. Schooler said.

    “Father Dan Scheidt had a lot to do with the planning of the art, choice of saints and the overall schema for all the artwork,” Father Meininger added. He emphasized how the artwork brings elements of beauty and education to the church space.

    “I am so thrilled that we were able to work into our budget to have so much decoration, so much artwork. Not just for the mere fact that it’s beautiful; but it teaches.

    “The saints that we chose and the different things that we have, such as the fir, elm, apple and birch (trees) at the crossing at the front of the church, represent street names of roads around the area,” he went on to say, “Not only does the artwork teach us about our faith, but it sort of tells the story of this community… it very much cements us in history.”

    Historical overview of the parish

    Formally established in 1956, and much like the University of Notre Dame, the parish is rooted in the vision of Father Edward Sorin. St. Joseph’s Farm in Granger, which Father Sorin shared with his Holy Cross brothers, sisters and fellow priests starting in 1870, allowed the Holy Cross Order to serve the surrounding rural community. It was not until 1936 that the farm started to be referred to as a parish community, and 20 years passed before it officially became known as a parish.

    Over time, the small chapel at the farm became too small for the growing faith community. A plot of land off Fir Road was gifted to the parish in the early 1950s; the same plot of land on which the church sits today.

    The growth of the parish paralleled the growth of the area, and a new rectory was completed in 1970 to accommodate it. This was followed by the construction of a parish center and gym in 1986, and a new church and adjoining offices between 1989 and 1991.

    Msgr. Schooler was the first diocesan priest assigned to the parish. Before he came, all parish priests were of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. The fact that the parish has, as he mentioned in his final comments during Mass, “not forgotten our Holy Cross roots” by incorporating facets of the Holy Cross influence into the new church, is symbolic of the current community’s appreciation of that Holy Cross connection.

    Father Peter Jarrett, who served at St. Pius from 1995-2001, was the parish’s last Holy Cross pastor. A concelebrant of the dedication Mass, Father Jarrett described the new church as a “tribute to the parish community’s dedication in faith, to Msgr. Schooler, and to Holy Cross.”

    Planning and funding

    Starting approximately five years ago, several committees were formed to plan for the parish facilities expansion and to oversee funding and the construction of the project. The project began following a parish strategic planning process in 2011. The formation of a Facilities Committee followed in 2012, which involved a thorough investigation of existing space needs within the parish. The Campaign Leadership Team led a parish capital campaign beginning in 2013. The Building Committee met to advise Msgr. Schooler and the architects on specifics of the building plans. In addition to the architects and many members of the parish staff, several parish members served on these committees. Kim Mauch, St. Pius director of communications and marketing, explained that parish members were engaged as “part of the stewardship philosophy at St. Pius.”

    The campaign launched in July 2013 after receiving approval from the diocese. The project was based on dual financing, with funding stemming from pledges and parish savings.

    The cost of the three-part project totaled $19 million, including construction of a new rectory, new church, renovation of the existing church and offices and a two-story addition to the Parish Education Center. Over 1,600 parish families and members of the community have participated in the capital campaign, pledging over $14 million so far.

    Embracing stewardship as a way of life, but recognizing that each individual parish member or family could contribute a different amount, the parish did not incorporate naming opportunities for large gifts.

    “Of course we could not have built this church without large gifts, for which we are extremely grateful. Yet, when we invited our parish community to participate in the campaign, we did not ask for equal gifts, but for equal sacrifice,” Betsy Quinn, director of stewardship and evangelization, said.

    Construction schedules ran on time, for the most part, and the parish expects the same for the remainder of the project. The renovation of the old church into a gathering space, a baptistery, a parish library and meeting rooms is underway and on target to be completed later this summer.

    Renovation has also begun on the parish offices. Their redesign will include a reception area, central working area with designated offices, a workroom, two conference rooms and additional storage space.

    Before the capital campaign launched, parish staff had to complete work with consultants and assess needs. “Once a month, we would tour the facility at 6:30 a.m. in the morning and decide what exactly do we need, where do we need more space, how can we prioritize these things,” Father Meininger said. As they reviewed those needs, the parish continued to grow and decisions had to be made with little knowledge of the growth trajectory. Estimating the number of seats that would be needed in the church years after the capital campaign launched was a challenge.

    “That was one of our huge decisions that we had to make,” Msgr. Schooler said. “Cost was a major factor…. when I came in 2001, we knew even at that time that the facilities were not adequate for the size. When they (first) built St. Pius they had thought that they were going to build another parish in Granger.”

    The future — an opportunity to use resources for good

    The bishop noted the progression of the parish’s development in his letter to the St. Pius community.

    “When we think back to the first parishioners and your ancestors in faith at St. Pius, we see that they were not only thinking about themselves. They were thinking about their children, grandchildren and future generations. They made incredible sacrifices and every generation is called to do the same, making the new church a gift to future generations,” he said.

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    By Andrew Mentock

    Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades made his annual visit to Saint Joseph High School on the feast day of the school’s patron saint.

    His visit, which was kicked off with a celebration of Mass in the school’s main gymnasium, also featured classroom questions and answers, the honoring of several students and faculty members and presentations of gifts, including a live goat and a championship banner.

    “It’s great to come every year to celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph,” said Bishop Rhoades at the beginning of Mass, “the feast day of the great husband of the blessed Virgin Mary, the earthly father of Jesus and the patron saint of not only Saint Joseph High School, but also of the Catholic Church.”

    The feast of St. Joseph traditionally takes place on March 19. However, because that date fell on a Sunday in Lent this year, the feast day was transferred to Monday, March 20 — which pleased Bishop Rhoades because that allowed him to celebrate the day with the students.

    “Almost every year I am able to come here on the feast of St. Joseph. I always look forward to this. It’s become a tradition and something that I really enjoy — to be here with you to honor this great saint.”

    Given the limited amount of information about St. Joseph in the Gospels, Bishop Rhoades admitted that it can be a bit challenging to find something new to preach on each year during his visit. But the high school’s recent achievement of becoming a Catholic Relief Services global high school, coupled with his own recent CRS trip to Gaza, gave him plenty of new subjects to preach about.

    “It was in Gaza, most probably, that the Holy Family escaped to and went through on their way to Egypt,” he said. He then continued to speak to the incredible faith and devotion Joseph must have possessed, to prompt him to follow God’s will by leading the Holy Family on such a treacherous a journey.

    Representatives of the Saint Joseph High School girls basketball 2017 Class 3A state champions prepare to present Bishop with a school banner and proclamation acknowledging the team’s accomplishment.

    Bishop Rhoades then related the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt to the students.

    “Another thing that struck me, which is more relevant to you, is that Joseph was probably your age. Especially you seniors. The average age of marriage for men would have been 18.”

    At the end of the Mass Bishop Rhoades apologized for running long and keeping the students out of class, then jokingly offered to give another homily — to which they responded with laughter and cheers. His rapport with the students is one of the many reason why the bishop’s visits are regarded with much anticipation by the students.

    Additionally, Allison Coyne, a junior at Saint Joseph High School, said; “He has done amazing things for our school community, such as supporting the creation of the new building. As he walks through the halls he will see his hard work has created an environment focused on faith, academics, and building a family — and for that, we are truly grateful.”

    After the celebration of Mass several students were honored and gifts were presented to the bishop.

    The students honored were seniors who had achieved recognition by the school for having maintained a 4.0 GPA after seven semesters of high school. Additionally, both the salutatorian and valedictorian of the class of 2017 were announced.

    These were ways to recognize some of the brightest students at Saint Joseph, a school with 900 students that boasts an exceptional student-faculty ratio, something that has helped it to achieve a 100 percent graduation rate.

    Next, a banner for Saint Joseph’s recent Class 3A girls basketball state championship was unveiled. All stood and applauded as a smiling Bishop Rhoades was shown the banner.

    This was followed by a gift Bishop said he had never been given in person; a live goat. The goat represented a gift of $2,600 from the school to Bishop Rhoades for Catholic Relief Services, which is enough to provide 33 goats to impoverished people living in Third World countries.

    Immediately after Mass, pictures were taken before Bishop Rhoades visited with seniors in a church history class. There, he spoke on St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis, two important figures the students were in the midst of learning about. Finally, Bishop met with several club and student council leaders and was impressed all the great work they had been doing.

    Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades made a pastoral visit to Saint Joseph High School, South Bend, on March 20, celebrating Mass, speaking to faculty and students and visiting several classrooms. Above, he poses with this year’s Saint Joe Scholars, students who have maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA during their four years of high school.

    “We are excited and honored to have Bishop Rhoades visit Saint Joseph for his annual pastoral visit today,” said Susan Richter, principal. “Celebrating Mass with Bishop is always special, and our students enjoy talking with him during his class visits. Our student leaders have the opportunity to eat lunch and share their Saint Joe experiences with our shepherd. I know Bishop Rhoades enjoys this time with our young people and always encourages them to continue to grow in their faith and serve others. Having Bishop Rhoades visit our school is always one of the best days of the year; he sees our mission in action.”

    The day ended with the bishop leading a mid-afternoon prayer service and meeting with Saint Joseph faculty and staff members, who are there to guide the students to discipleship — a journey Bishop Rhoades feels is of the utmost importance.

    “The students were being recognized for various athletic and academic achievements, which is great because they’re using the gifts God has given them,” he said at the end of Mass. “But what I am more proud of, and think is most important is their goodness and their love. That their formation here at Saint Joseph High School is a formation into discipleship, and in the end, that’s what’s most important.”

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  • The Community Garden, a thriving St. Henry initiative, is not only meaningful to parishioners but also serves as an outreach to the neighborhood.

    The small but mighty parish of St. Henry

    By Claire Kenney

    A measurement of the strength of St. Henry Parish, Fort Wayne, should not be based solely on an evaluation of its physical size. In fact, the humble nature of the parish allows it to give frequent individual attention to not only its parish members, but also those living in the surrounding community.

    “Our number one goal is to change lives one at time,” the parish’s pastor, Father Dan Durkin, said.

    Father Durkin has led the parish for the last decade. During his time at the parish, he has witnessed a lot of change.

    The parish remains relatively small, with approximately 250 registered parishioners. It works to be involved in multicultural engagement within the local community.

    With the help of Redeemer Radio, parishioners’ contributions, fundraiser sales from the community thrift shop and the support of Foellinger Foundation’s Summer Club House, the Brandon Foundation and surrounding parishes, St. Henry has not only been able to carry out its mission of serving “those in our community in any way we can,” but also foster agricultural innovation.

    The parish’s ministry outreach, Community Garden, allows it to feed 101 families from 18 different countries. Paul Gerardot, property manager of St. Henry and member of the parish since 1970, is the visionary behind this ingenious agricultural program.

    Inspired to honor his brother, Philip Gerardot, who passed away from cancer on the Feast of St. Henry in 2010, Paul launched the Community Garden project just a year after Philip’s death.

    “One month after he died, I was looking out at the open plot of land Philip and I grew up playing football on, I said to him, ‘Philip, we are going to do something great with this land’,” Paul recounted in an interview with Today’s Catholic.

    And, well, Paul did just that. Paul is, after all, in his own words “relentless.”

    “Through the garden, I could give joy to people through the death of my brother,” he said.

    The church provides 500 four by eight-inch raised seed bank beds and supplies seeds for members of the parish and members of the larger outside community, so they call all grow produce at the location free of charge. Once an individual inherits a plot, he or she is expected to maintain their garden. And in the spirit of St. Henry Parish’s attention to the individual, each person or family who inherits a plot is given a specifically sized one and types of seeds that cater to their particular needs.

    For Paul, the Community Garden has served as therapeutic after his brother’s death. Other participants have benefitted in varied ways.

    “We grow more than vegetables,” Paul said. “We grow friendship, love and community.”

    Many people have come back to their faith through participation in the garden project.

    “Last year, we had about six people come back to the church, including one who had not been back to the Catholic Church for 45 years,” Paul noted.

    Because gardening helps with anxiety, the parish invites members of its Alcoholics Anonymous group to participate in maintaining land as well. “They have been actively a part of our garden for about a year,” he said.

    On April 8 the parish will host its annual “big event,” as they refer to it, where the banks are prepped for spring. Participating local community members and parishioners restore and refurbish these plots for future use.

    Sonia Mares has been a member of the parish for the last five years and has served as the director of religious education for the past three and as the parish administrative assistant for one.

    Mares said her participation in the parish helped her to “become more mature in my faith.”

    St. Henry Parish is one that works to instill in its members, and those outside of their parish community, a sense of purpose.

    “With the resources that we have, the church is a hope for the hungry and despairing,” Father Durkin said.

    St. Henry
    2929 Paulding Rd.
    Fort Wayne, IN 46816

    www.sthenryfw.org

    Mass Times:

    Saturday: 8 a.m., 5:30 p.m. 

    Sunday: 8, 10:30 a.m.
    Weekday M-F 8 a.m.

    Eucharistic devotion: T 8:30-10 a.m.

    Reconciliation: Saturday 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Before Mass on First Friday

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  • By Jeannie Ewing

    Going to confession intimidates most, if not all, of us at some point or another. There’s something truly painful about confronting ourselves and our sins honestly, and the sacrament of reconciliation draws us out of our comfortable lives and into that place of self-knowledge. Despite our reticence and fears about confessing our sins to a priest (who acts in persona Christi in the confessional, or “in the place of Christ”), incredible emotional and spiritual healing can occur when we humbly approach the confessional.

    Lent is the perfect liturgical season to return to God in this way. It’s true that we can — and should — take our sins to the Lord through personal prayer and a daily examen, but the sacrament actually washes away our sins through absolution. It’s as if God wipes our souls clean so that we can begin anew. Reconciliation also helps us see ourselves more honestly, and the more we frequent the sacrament, the more supernatural grace we receive to overcome those bad habits and vices that seem to repeat themselves as patterns of behavior in our lives.

    It seems that what’s required of us to approach God through the priest in the confessional is humility. If we are humble, our fears and embarrassments regarding our sins don’t matter anymore. We’re not considering the possibility of judgment, rejection or ridicule; instead, we are seeking God’s wellspring of mercy that opens the floodgates of healing for which we desperately long in our lives.

    Think of the beautiful lyric in the hymn, “Hosea:” “Come back to me with all your heart. Don’t let fear keep us apart.” This is God speaking to you personally, beckoning you to draw near to Him. To be reconciled to God through this sacrament means that we become, once again, sinless — and thus more receptive to His grace moving in our lives. The act of reconciliation is an act of love, rather than of punishment and judgment.

    If we approach reconciliation with the intention of closer union with the one who never stops pursuing us, the result will always be a greater love for God and reception of His immense love and mercy. Mercy, not judgment, will be the ultimate gift, and we will discover a deeper longing to repent, to change and reform our lives so that we will maintain that closeness with God.

    There’s a reason why the Eucharist and reconciliation are both referred to as sacraments of healing. When received together, or close together, the healing God has in store for us multiplies exponentially. What a powerful way for us to enter into Lent: to desire a truly changed heart, one that is of flesh and not of stone. As our hearts change, our lives begin to transform, too. That is our ultimate purpose of making Lent meaningful and intentional: to become a new creation in Christ.

    Spiritual metamorphosis — our Easter resurrection — can only occur when we are open and willing to modify our behaviors. That’s what Lent affords us: the opportunity to repent. The sacrament of reconciliation is one of the places we can begin to do this. May we run into the arms of Jesus, who awaits us through the priest in the confessional. Let us approach Him as a child with a heart wide open, a heart that is ready and eager to receive all God has in store for us. Then we can celebrate Easter with the fullness of love and expectation of God’s incredible and unfathomable mercy.

    On Tuesday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m., every parish in the diocese (except St. Pius X, Granger, due to construction) will offer the sacrament of reconciliation as part of the diocesan-wide initiative, The Light is ON for You.

    FIVE TIPS FOR INVITING A FRIEND

    Pray. Pray for the individual. Pray that God’s grace may work through your invitation. Pray with confidence that God is listening and will act in His time.

    Setting matters. Extend the invitation when the individual is not stressed, not feeling rushed and is in a position to consider the invitation.

    Make it easy. Could you provide a ride? And, even easier, invite your friend to any parish in the diocese on March 14 between 6-8 p.m. as part of The Light is ON for You.

    Just do it. God’s grace is far more powerful than our fears and hesitations.

    Explain the sacrament. Lastly, if it has been a while since your friend has received God’s forgiveness through the sacrament of reconciliation, he or she will likely have questions. Visit www.diocesefwsb.org/Light for information regarding what the sacrament is and how to go to confession.

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  • Candidates and their sponsors stand as the candidates’ names are read aloud at St. Matthew Cathedral, South Bend, during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. The South Bend-area rites took place Sunday, Feb. 26, and will be followed by a Fort Wayne-area liturgy on Sunday, March 5. Also present at the rite were the unbaptized elect, who will receive baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist during the Easter Vigil.

    Photos by Kevin Haggenjos

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