SANDAKAN – Forty-seven catechumens enrolled their names in the Book of the Elect on 25 Feb 2018 at St Mary Cathedral here.
In the BM speaking class, there were 18 candidates for full Initiation, four Confirmands, eight for Baptism and Holy Communion, and 17 for Baptism only.
Whereas in the English speaking class, there were five candidates for full Initiation, one Confirmand and two for Baptism only.
From the Chinese speaking class, there were four candidates for full Initiation and one Baptism only.
Over 500 parishioners attended the Mass presided by Father David Garaman who conducted the rite as delegated by Bishop Julius Gitom.
Fr David welcomed the candidates in his opening address to the congregation. He also said that he was grateful that the number of new candidates increases every year.
All the catechumens received their blessing from Fr David to prepare them to receive the Sacraments of Initiation during the Easter Vigil. He also reminded the godparents of their duties to guide and encourage their godchildren to attend Mass regularly and to accompany them in their journey of faith. – SOCCOM Sandakan