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Call to Continuing Conversion
On Sunday, October 18, ten candidates, along with their sponsors, parish leadership, family and friends gathered at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord for the Call to Continuing Conversion. They represented several parishes within the Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop Patrick Cooney presided with Deacon John Falicki serving as Deacon for the ceremony which was preceded by a welcoming reception with refreshments in the parish hall. The Call to Continuing Conversion is the rite of the Church celebrated with baptized Catholics who have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist, and other baptized Christians who wish to join the Catholic faith. In his homily, Bishop Cooney said, This is an important day for the Church. I want to welcome you as you become one with the Church in this diocese and one with the Church in the whole world. You are a part of the unique plan of God for the salvation of the whole world. The Bishop explained that each person has been given the intellect to understand and to see what needs to done, as well as the will to choose what they will do. We have to choose to do the right things so that the magnificence of Gods love can be seen. You all have a mission to perform and your task is to make the love of God known to each and every person you come into contact with. The Holy Spirit will help you, Bishop Cooney added. As agents of God, we are all commissioned to do what needs to be done so that people know that God cares for them. Bishop Cooney concluded stating that from this point, through your life and how you live it, others will discover what love is that you are willing to spend yourself for the well being of others. During the liturgy, sponsors were asked to affirm the readiness of the candidates. Those seeking full communion in the Church are to have listened faithfully to the Gospels, developed a deeper appreciation of their baptism, reflected upon the tradition of the Church and advanced in a life of love and service to others. Each of the candidates, along with their sponsors, approached the Bishop who laid hands on the candidates, prayed for them and offered a greeting. Bishop Cooney then formally recognized their desire to be sealed with the Holy Spirit and to join at Christs Eucharistic table reminding them to Hear the Lords call to continuing conversation and be faithful to your baptismal covenant. Bishop Cooney also addressed the sponsors and asked them to continue to support the candidates with guidance, faithful witness and concern. May they see, in you, a love for the Church and a sincere desire for doing good, the Bishop said. The candidates will be received into the Church in their local parish whenever they are deemed ready to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.