New Catholics, having received sacraments of initiation at Easter Vigils Saturday, came to Easter Mass Sunday, brimming with the excitement of new beginnings and ready to serve the Church.
As a public elementary school student, I was always fascinated by the Catholic school students who had recess in the streets while our school had recess in an enclosed schoolyard. The Catholic school kids seemed to be freer, and this piqued my interest in Catholicism.
Last Spring, about 1,000 people planned to complete sacraments at the Easter Vigil, but it got canceled because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Diocese leaders directed the parishes to figure out how to administer sacraments to these people. The perishes delivered, with special efforts from their education directors.
Tens of thousands of new Catholics are expected to join the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil liturgies in parishes throughout the United States the night of April 20.