How can I become Catholic or learn more about the faith?
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In the Catholic Church, we believe that the fullness of who God really is and how He has revealed Himself to humanity is made available. The basic underling principles of the Catholic tradition: sacramentality, mediation and communion form us and give us our identity. The Catholic vision sees God in and through all things: other people, communities, movements, events, places, objects, creation, the whole cosmos! The world is permeated with meaning and purpose with signs and sacraments; God’s grace is communicated and mediated to us: primarily by Christ and secondarily by the Church. Our way to God and God’s way to us is not only a mediated way, but a communal way. Catholic faith and spiritualty is not simply a “Me and God” proposition; it is a WE and God relationship! Our Sunday liturgy expresses this: our Eucharistic communion with the Lord is really just a foretaste of the perfect communion to which all humanity is called to share in the ultimate Reign of God. We are a communion of disciples . . . the Body of Christ! We welcome and rejoice in the fact that you feel called to follow the Catholic way of life and find at home in the Catholic Church.
Becoming Catholic begins with Inquiry. We invite you to take the first step in the process of becoming Catholic --having a simple conversation with one of our staff, Geoff Schneider and a team of caring informed Catholics ready to support and guide you in your inquiry. It's never too late to seek, reach out or to begin asking questions. We know that becoming Catholic isn't a decision to take lightly or one to be made in a day, but rather a journey of discernment that begins with conversation, reflection and prayer. Geoff and our parishioners can answer your questions about Catholic teaching and beliefs, and practices. They are here to support you and show you how we worship, we celebrate and express our faith and love in the modern world.
The process the Church uses for this wonderful journey is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It's a personal faith journey that can begin at any time when you are ready. However, we usually offer inquiry sessions in September. During this time, inquiring people are given the opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed, welcoming environment and get to know what makes a Catholic a Catholic. During the Period of Inquiry, you would join a small group of adults to discuss the Church’s teachings on Jesus Christ, learn about the Mass and the Sacraments of the Church, and talk about the importance of sacred Scripture and Tradition and the importance of prayer in your daily life.
After these Inquiry sessions, people who feel they have an interest in becoming Catholic can continue in the RCIA process beyond the Period of Inquiry, receiving further formation in the way of our faith. At no time is there pressure to continue; you are welcome to continue at your own pace. As the Catholic Initiation journey continues, participants have the opportunity to discern whether or not they want to celebrate and receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). Those who wish to continue this journey prepare themselves during the “40 Day Retreat” that is the season of Lent to celebrate these Easter Sacraments during the Vigil of Holy Saturday!
For more information or to inquire about becoming Catholic, please email Geoff Schnieder at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office at 412-279-7070.