The Diocese of Beaumont will welcome 178 people, including 57 catechumens and 121 candidates, into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil liturgies March 31.
They will be among thousands of people that will be welcomed into dioceses across the country to celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
While people can become Catholic at any time of the year, the Easter Vigil is a particularly appropriate moment for adult catechumens to be baptized and for already-baptized Christians to be received into full communion with the Church.
About 85 of the nearly 200 dioceses across the nation have reported their numbers of catechumens and candidates for full communion to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Based on these numbers, more than 30,000 people are expected to be welcomed into the Church at Easter Vigil Masses this Saturday.