Neophyte Stacy Saechao holding her son Isaiah Panopio (both baptized at Easter Vigil) with Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, surrounded by family, sponsor and RCIA team members from St. Anne's in Union City.
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The newly baptized from throughout the diocese gathered at the Neophyte Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland on April 14. "Neophyte" means "newly planted" and refers to those baptized at the Easter Vigil.
They were accompanied by those previously baptized who were received into full communion of the Catholic Church or who completed their Christian initiation at Easter with Confirmation and Eucharist. Archbishop Alex J. Brunett presided, offering a special welcome to them and highlighting the importance of recognizing Jesus in their lives.
The Cathedral parish presented a carnation to every person who was baptized or confirmed at Easter. After Mass all were invited to a reception in the Parish Hall.
In addition to enjoying hospitality with parishioners and Archbishop Brunett, they also were invited to join the cathedral parish on the CROP Hunger Walk on April 20, to put their faith into action.
The Neophyte Mass is a recent tradition in the Oakland Diocese, starting in 2011. It provides an opportunity for the bishop to meet with the newest members of the Church and preside at a celebration of the Eucharist with them. It also encourages these new Catholics to visit and get to know the cathedral. For many it was only their second time in the cathedral, the first being the Rite of Election at the beginning of Lent.
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