Bishop Tylka to celebrate Mass for new Catholics at cathedral on June 5

Trisha Lengfelder (left) with her sponsor Susan Zola listens as the Exsultet or Easter Proclamation is sung at the beginning of the Easter Vigil at St. Matthew Church in Champaign on April 16. Lengfelder would be received into full communion with the Catholic Church, be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time that evening. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Those who were received into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil have been invited to join Bishop Louis Tylka on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, for a Mass for New Catholics. It will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 607 N.E. Madison Ave.

The families, friends and sponsors who accompanied these “neophytes” on their journey to the Easter sacraments are welcome to join them.

“It is a day to truly celebrate how the Holy Spirit empowers us to witness our faith.” — Bishop Tylka

“It is a day to truly celebrate how the Holy Spirit empowers us to witness our faith,” Bishop Tylka said in his letter of invitation.

For many of the new Catholics, this will be a return visit to St. Mary’s Cathedral. Nearly 300 men, women and children filled the mother church of the Diocese of Peoria twice on the first weekend of Lent for the Rite of Election at which they were called to the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, and continuing conversion.

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