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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Rite of Election 2020

The Rite of Election took place in St. Mary's Cathedral on Sunday 1 March, the First Sunday of Lent. The Candidates and Catechumens who have been on a Journey of Faith, following the RCIA programme since September, were presented to Bishop Robert by their Sponsors and Godparents, supported by their families and friends, in a packed Cathedral.

The Rite of Election 2020

Fr. Adrian Dixon preached the Homily in which he spoke of the many choices made throughout life. For the people wishing to become members of the Church at Easter, through the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist – it was God who had chosen them and called them on their journey to Him, so from this moment they are to be known as the Elect.

After processing to meet the Bishop and shake hands with him, 143 of them wrote their names in the Book of the Elect and then were photographed with him at the end of a very joyful and grace–filled ceremony.