New Catholics presented to Bishop

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Sunday marked the first Sunday of Lent, which meant an important day for hundreds of people in the Valley, taking the next step to becoming full members of the Catholic Church.

Parishoners filled the pews at Saint Columba Cathedral this afternoon for the Rite of Election. The soon-to-be-Catholics were presented to the Bishop of Youngstown, George V. Murry.

This year, the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will be accepting 269 people into the Church.

“These are people who have expressed a desire to become Catholic and will be receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil this year,” said Rev. Michael D. Balash of St. William Catholic Church.

That Easter Vigil will occur on April 4. Future diocese members were also presented to the Bishop earlier this evening at Saint Joseph Church in Canton.

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