HOUSTON, Texas, USA (Wednesday, 04-01-2015 Gaudium Press) – During the Easter Triduum next week, parishes across the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston celebrate the Easter Vigil during which they will welcome more than 2,350 people into the Catholic Church.
|Father Sean Horrigan, pastor at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church,
baptizes a catechumen during the Easter Vigil service on Saturday,
April 19, 2014. Photo courtesy of Christ The Redeemer Church.
People entering the Church is always cause for celebration and thanksgiving, however, this year is especially unique – the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will be receiving more people through the Rite of Catholic Initiation (RCIA) than any other diocese in the country.
“In keeping with a noticeable trend we have experienced these past few years, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is once again preparing to bring an impressive number of persons into the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation this Easter,” said Daniel Cardinal DiNardo. “These individuals, and in some cases entire families, all come with unique stories and backgrounds and yet have one thing in common – they’ve been called by the Lord Jesus to a deeper, more intense relationship with Him through the Church.”
The Triduum is liturgical season that follows Lent and precedes the Easter season. During this time, the Church celebrates the Paschal Mystery – the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and ends with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.