(RCIA 119) At this second step, on the basis of the testimony of godparents and catechists and the of the catechumens’ reaffirmation of their intention, the Church judges their state of readiness and decides on their advancement toward the sacraments of initiation. Thus the Church makes its “election,” that is, the choice and admission of those catechumens who have the dispositions that make them fit to take part, at the next major celebration, in the sacraments of initiation.
This step is called election because the acceptance made by the Church is founded on the election by God, in whose name the Church acts. The step is also called the enrollment of names because as a pledge of fidelity the candidates inscribe their names in the book that lists those who have been chosen for initiation.
(RCIA 446) This rite may be celebrated with baptized but previously uncatechized adults who wish to complete their Christian initiation through the sacreaments of confirmation and eucharist or who wish to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.