Jasmine Zuniga is one of the hundreds of people, called catechumens, who are enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in the Diocese of Brooklyn and have been busy studying in their local parishes to be baptized into the Catholic Church. On Feb. 21, Jasmine and her fellow catechumens took part in the Rite of Election.
Never baptized in any Christian tradition, these catechumens – as they are called – are enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and will enter the Church at the Easter Vigil, March 31, in their home parishes.
In Brooklyn and Queens, 1,125 adults and children will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio greeted them during the Rites of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion last Sunday, Feb. 14.