On Saturday, March 30th, members of the Dartmouth community were welcomed into the church at Aquinas House during the Easter Vigil. Catechumens Javon Coleman ‘13 (Syracuse, NY) and Diane Haeji Jang ‘15 (Seoul, Korea) received the sacraments of Baptism, first holy Communion and Confirmation. Taylor Woolrich ‘16 (Santee, CA) is a Protestant convert preparing to be received into full communion with the Church. Radelys German ‘13 (Boston, MA), was baptized Catholic but remained uncatechized, having not yet received holy Communion.
The Easter vigil is the holiest day of the year in the catholic church and it is common for many to enter the church on this blessed evening. The night began with the lighting of the Easter fire – where the Paschal candle will be blessed and then lit. This candle will be remain in the sanctuary throughout Easter and during the year for baptism’s and funerals reminding Catholics that Christ is “light and life.”
Since October, these candidates have been meeting weekly to discuss the essentials of the faith, using the Catechism, Sacred Scripture, and the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Tonight at 5:00 p.m., Aquinas House students and alumni welcome back Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, as he will celebrate mass and five other RCIA candidates: Alberto Luis Sanabria Ojeda (San Juan, Puerto Rico) a Tuck Business School graduate student, Kelsey Byrd ‘13 (Campbell, CA), Theresa Smith ‘15 (Bradenton, FL), Susanna Kalaris (London, England), and Metztli Ruiz-Jaquez ‘16 (Denver, CO) will receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
These candidates were baptized Catholic and received holy Communion, but were never confirmed. “It has been a great joy to watch each of them grow and return to the faith and engage in a serious study of the teachings of the Church.” – Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, Aquinas House Chaplain
Immediately following the mass there will be a reception and dinner for Aquinas House alumni. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming these candidates.