Mass of Thanksgiving for new Catholics to be celebrated on ‘birthday’ of the Church

At the start of the Season of Lent the local Church gathered at Cardiff Cathedral for the celebration of the Rite of Election for Catechumens (those to be baptised) and those seeking Full Communion with the Catholic Church.  The Church gathered to support and pray for the candidates as they continued their journey towards the Easter celebrations and their baptisms/reception into the Church.  It was a particularly special and happy occasion that is still in recent memory, but has now happened many weeks ago.

At the Easter Vigil in their respective parishes the celebration of the New Life of easter was was no doubt enhanced by the Baptism of Adults and Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church of those candidates. Having been baptised/received into the Church the period of ‘mystagogia’ between Easter and Pentecost began. ‘Mystagogia’ is also a special time where the new Catholics embrace their new faith more deeply coming to the joy of the birthday of the Church at Pentecost inviting the Holy Spirit more fully into their hearts.  The celebration of Pentecost recalls the moment when the Advocate promised by Jesus, the Holy Spirit, was sent upon the Apostles in what seemed like ‘tongues of fire’ and they were empowered to go out and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to people everywhere. On this day, the birthday of the Church, Archbishop George Stack invites all of our New Catholics to join him at Cardiff Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. David’s in Cardiff to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving.

This year’s ‘Mass for New Catholics’ will take place at 5.30pm on Pentecost Sunday 4th June, at St. David’s Cathedral. We look forward to seeing you there.

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