Becoming Catholic

LOVE JESUS LIKE NEVER BEFORE

Becoming Catholic means joining an ancient faith, rooted in the teachings and traditions of Jesus, that is filled with hope and vibrancy.
 

I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHURCH, WHAT DO I DO?

First, call the parish, and set up a one-on-one  meeting with Fr. David Mulholland or Fr. Ron Knudsen to discuss your questions, qualms, interests. No topic is off limits. Discover what the Catholic Church teaches on a variety of topics to decide if you are prepared to embrace them. Second, pray. Ask Jesus where he is leading you, and ask to be close to him.
 

I AM READY TO BECOME CATHOLIC, NOW WHAT?

We are so happy for you! If you are ready to make the leap to officially join the Catholic Church, you will learn more about our faith through a series of classes called RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiaion of Adults). RCIA begins each fall, and concludes at Easter.
 

WHAT IS RCIA?

RCIA (RIte of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation for seekers and inquirers. RCIA is designed for both non-baptized adults who desire to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church and baptized adult Christians who desire full communion with the Catholic Church.
 

I AM ALREADY BAPTIZED, HOW DO I BECOME CATHOLIC?

If you have been validly baptized outside the Church become Catholics by making a profession of the Catholic faith and being formally received into the Church. This is normally followed immediately by Confirmation and the Eucharist. 
 

I AM NOT BAPTIZED, HOW DO I BECOME CATHOLIC?

If you are not baptized, you will take RCIA classis and receive three new sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
 

HOW CAN MY CHILD TO BECOME CATHOLIC?

If your child is under the age of 7, he or she may be baptized to become Catholic. If your child is over age 7 and has already been baptized in another Christian denomination, he or she will make a Profession of Faith.
 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME CATHOLIC?

The period of becoming Catholic varies depending on how much you have already learned and how ready you feel to take the step towards becoming a Catholic. However, the process usually takes about six months to a year.
 

WHAT ARE THE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION?

A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. 
 

WHAT DO THESE WORDS MEAN?

You may have always wondered what these "RCIA" words mean! Here is a list of the stages or "Rites" that classify the journey of becoming Catholic:

CATECHUMEN

"Catechumen" is a term the early Christians used (1st and 2nd centuries) to refer to those preparing for baptism and to become Christians. Once you declare your desire to officially join the Catholic Church, you are known as a "Catechumen."

PRE-CATECHUMENATE

You are interested in becoming Catholic, so you spend weeks or months in a period of time called the "Pre-Cathechumenate." During this time, you acknowledge that Christ is calling you into the Catholic Church through the movement of the Holy Spirit. You spend time praying, reading, and seeking to learn more.

RITE OF INITIATION

You feel ready to become Catholic, so you formally declare your desire to the Church. Now you enter the first stage or "Rite" called the "Rite of Initiation." You are now known as a "Catechumen." You attend weekly mass at attend RCIA classes.

CATECHUMENATE

This is the second stage or "Rite" called the "Catechumenate," which usually lasts between six months and a year. During this time, you learn about the traditions and doctrines of the Catholic Church. This is a time for sharing stories, reading scripture, and studying Church customs. You continue to attend weekly mass and RCIA classes.

RITE OF ELECTION

In the Spring, you formally express your desire and intention to become a Catholic a second time. The Bishop will then approve your request. The Rite of Election normally occurs on the first Sunday of Lent, the forty-day period of preparation for Easter. You are only weeks away from becoming Catholic.

SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION

At the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night before Easter Sunday), you officially become Catholic! All Catechumens who have been journeying through the RCIA process are welcomed formally into the community of believers through receiving the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

MYSTAGOGIA

Now that you are officially Catholic, the "honeymoon" phase is known as "Mystagogia." Mystagogia is a Greek term which means "leading into the mystery." This is a time of reflection and celebration after the formal reception into the Church.

 

 
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