Office for Worship

Diocese of Cleveland

Rite of Election

The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be celebrated by the Diocese of Cleveland on Sunday 18 February 2018 in two celebrations at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland.

It is Bishop Perez’s desire that every parish within the Diocese of Cleveland send their catechumens and candidates for full communion to the Cathedral.

18 February 2018 – Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Liturgy times are assigned by District based on geography.  The District assignments are as follows:

2:30pm – Lake, Geauga, Lorain, Summit, Wayne, Ashland, Medina, Cleveland Central East, Suburban Southeast

5:30pm – Cleveland Central West, Cleveland Northwest, Cleveland Southeast, Suburban East, Suburban Southwest, Suburban West

Registration for the 2018 Rite of Election is open!

Eventbrite - 2:30 p.m. 2018 Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

Eventbrite - 5:30 p.m. 2018 Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

Also be sure to refer to the page below for information to help in planning to attend.


If you have special seating requirements (e.g. handicapped seating and/or interpreter for the hearing impaired), please register your attendees as soon as possible, and make note of your particular requirements.

Seating will be assigned by parish on a first come first served basis. Parishes wishing to sit together should make every attempt to register on the same day and as early as possible.


The parish Book of the Elect is to be signed by the catechumens at the parish during either the celebration of the Sending of the Catechumens to Election (RCIA 106-117) or Sending Catechumens for Election and Candidates for Recognition by the Bishop (RCIA 550-561).

Each parish is to assign a book bearer to present the Book of the Elect to Bishop Lennon during the Procession of Catechumen. Directions for the book bearer are found on the video below (alternately at this link.

The Team RCIA website ( calls the Book of the Elect “a book that serves as both a record of those elected each year and a symbol of God’s chosen people”. Thus, the Book of the Elect should be truly suitable for this purpose, beautiful, sturdily bound and capable of use from year to year.

If your parish does not own a Book of the Elect you may wish to consider purchasing one. The Liturgical Press sells theirs for $49.95 ( and Catholic Book Publishing ( sells theirs for $34. Other publishers may also carry this product.


There are 100 parking spaces available on the surface lot of the Cathedral and 500 in the Cathedral Square Parking Garage. Some street parking is available on Rockwell and East 12th. Carpooling is encouraged.

Paid parking may be available at the Hyatt Hotel (420 Superior Ave), one block west of the Cathedral, or at the Reserve Square Garage (corner of Chester Ave & East 13th St).



    • Usher volunteer sign up (can be completed online)
      Usher Volunteer
    • Click HERE for online registration instructions.
    • Click HERE for an overview of the celebration of Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion.*
    • Click HERE for a Frequently Asked Questions page on the celebration of the Rite of Election at the Cathedral.
    • Play the last year’s video below for an illustrated explanation of the processions.

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