(from the March newsletter of St. Thomas More, Scranton)
Dear Members and Friends,
At our parish’s Easter Vigil Mass at 8PM on April 4 I will baptize one, confirm three, and give First Holy Communion to four new parishioners who have been in formation since the fall. None of these people are former Anglicans but are, rather, people from the neighborhood who found St. Joseph Church because of its close proximity to their homes.
All of them came seeking to complete the Sacraments of Initiation, three of them having been baptized in the Catholic Church, at which point their formal formation in the Faith ceased. As you may recall, since 2013 such persons are part of our call to evangelize: Pope Francis decreed at that time that those Catholics who never completed the Sacraments of Initiation may become members of Ordinariate parishes if we catechize and initiate them. As we enter into the home stretch of their preparation to receive the graces contained in the Sacraments, I ask you prayers for Joey, Jasmine, Justin, and Sonya, and I invite you to come celebrate with them their reconciliation to God through our Holy Mother, the Church.
Your Servant in Christ,
The Rev. Eric L. Bergman