Step 1: Learn About Catholicism
The best way to learn about the Catholic Faith is to visit our Parish and let us know that you are interested in learning more. Becoming a Catholic will change the rest of your life. This will become a part of you and it’s not something you want to do half-heartedly.
First, you can consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church to get started with an overview of Catholic teaching. The Catechism is basically a set of instructions for Christians in the form of questions and answers.
Then pray. While you may not be a seasoned veteran of the Catholic church it doesn’t mean you can’t pray. And it definitely doesn’t mean God can’t hear you! Take some time out of your day to pray and see how it feels. If it relaxes you or connects you to a deeper level, that’s a good sign.
Step 2: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Who is the RCIA for?
*People who want to know more about Christianity.
*People who are curious about what the Church teaches.
*Newcomers to the Catholic Church.
* ‘Cradle’ Catholics who want to learn more about their faith.
What is RCIA?
The RCIA consists of a series of meetings which seek to answer questions like; “How do I read and understand the Bible?”, “Does God have a plan for me?”, “How and Why should I pray?”, “What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?”, “Do we really need faith?”.
Most RCIA classes take place over the course of one liturgical cycle. That way, you get to experience all the feasts, fastings, and holidays. In this time, you’ll receive a sponsor — or, if you have one in mind, you can choose one to work with. However, they’re just there to help, and answer all the questions you may have.
Finally, you can start your Catholic education classes (RCIA). You will learn the history of the Church, the beliefs and values of the Catholic Church, and the proper order of celebration of Mass. During this stage, you may not receive Eucharist until you have entered the Church.
Step 3: Sacraments of Christian Initiation
The Christian initiation process prepares you to become a Catholic Christian , if you have not been baptized. However, if you’ve been baptized but nothing else, your process may be a bit different. When you have completed the process you will celebrate in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion (Eucharist).
In case you’re curious, for the Sacraments, you don’t really have to do anything. Showing up with a smile on your face and good intentions in your heart is really all that’s required. There’s no memorizing, no actions, and no final test. The church is just glad you’re here. The priest will take care of the work!
After the Easter Vigil (a truly memorable, beautiful experience), you are now a proud, valued member of the Catholic church. All your hard work and studying has paid off and you’re good to go. Now you can begin the period of mystagogy. Sounds magical, doesn’t it? Technically, it’s a lifelong process of becoming closer to God and delving deep into your Catholic beliefs.
If you would like more information on becoming Catholic, please contact the rectory or Father Thuy.