Holy Week & Easter Liturgies
An angel sits at the tomb of the risen Christ in this 19th-century painting by Casimiro Brugnone de Rossi. The painting is in the collection at the Gallery of the Academy of St. Luke in Rome. Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, is on April 20.
Courtesy of Bridgeman Art Library/cns
New members welcomed into Church at Easter Vigil
Churches throughout the Diocese of Oakland will welcome new members at the Easter Vigil. Their journeys to full initiation into the Church are varied; some were baptized in other Christian faiths, and are becoming Catholic, while some are celebrating all the rites of initiation.
In the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, which took place at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on March 8 and 9, candidates and catechumens were presented to Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Prior to that rite, those seeking initiation into the church were presented to their parishes by their sponsors, attesting to their readiness for the sacraments in the Rite of Sending.
Each of the new members has been guided through an RCIA program — Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Here are a few of their stories:
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