KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral parish welcomed 38 “enquirers” with the celebration of the Rite of Acceptance during the Sunset Mass Dec 1.
Similar Rites of Acceptance were also celebrated for 35 “enquirers” at the Chinese Sunday Mass the next day, followed by 98 “enquirers” during the BM Mass.
During the Rite, the candidates were marked with the cross, the sign of Christ’s love, and also asked to “embrace the Word of God”.
By these two signs, 1) the candidates would “embrace Jesus Christ”; and 2) they would embrace the Gospel and make it their way of life from then on.
On the part of the candidates in the Rite, they expressed their intent to respond to God’s call to follow the Way of Christ, while on the part of the Church, the faith community accepts their intention. – CS