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For people interested in joining the Catholic Church, for anyone with questions about the faith, and for converts to share what they have gone through in their conversion process. Everyone is welcome.


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  1. Song Sparrow
    Jul 16, '14 12:35 pm
    Song Sparrow
    Hi. Once more, I am thinking about joining RCIA this year. I could probably use prayers from anyone who likes to pray for people like me. Could be partly laziness that's been keeping me from taking this step in previous years. I've lately come to this realization. And fear. and?
  2. eschator83
    May 6, '14 5:44 pm
    eschator83
    Timothy Drake's book, There We Stood, Here We Stand, consists of eleven personal stories of conversions by Lutherans to Catholicism, including Tim's own story. These are emotional, deeply-moving stories of people seeking Communion and Truth of God. Strongly recommended.
  3. Kimley
    May 2, '14 8:48 am
    Kimley
    I have been a Pentecostal Christian all my life; my husband and I coverted this vigil. There are so many prayers, devotions, books on prayers and devotions...help!! Of course, from my background, prayer was spontaneous from the heart. Where should I begin as a new Catholic?
    Thread: Prayer Life
  4. eschator83
    Apr 5, '14 9:22 am
    eschator83
    It may be helpful to add to the previous comments that many parishes, perhaps even most, will welcome into ongoing RCIA programs baptized Christians, Catholic or other, especially if they have actively been attending Church, as late as early into the new year. This is at the discretion of the RCIA team and pastor; it may depend largely on the number of new candidates.
    If you missed the RCIA startup sat your neighboring parishes ( they probably have varying start-up dates), ask anyway if you can start late.
    Many Diocese have several, separate programs for baptized but not previously confirmed Catholics, but some encourage RCIA for Catholics who have had little catechism.
  5. GraceAnne3
    Mar 27, '14 4:05 pm
    GraceAnne3
    Thanks for sharing the catechism, Beth.
    I agree, the leaders pushing the healthcare act are pushing scandal. When people are forced to go against their morals so the government can implement a national program, then that is scandal. Essentially those promoting this required healthcare plan are forcing others to live in sin. i.e. supporting abortion
    Thread: scandal
  6. GraceAnne3
    Mar 27, '14 3:35 pm
    GraceAnne3
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by beth40n2 View Post
    God parents are needed when you are baptized as a child in case something happens to your parents, the God parents will raise you. For entering the church it is suggested to have one sponsor to help you with your faith, but a couple sounds great!
    My cradle Catholic friend told me God parents do not step in to raise the child in the parent's absence, but instead they are there to come alongside the parents (biological or adoptive) and be a spiritual guide in the child's life. She was clear that a written will regarding the child's care upon the parent's unexpected demise is totally separate. But she did say she's made sure the parent's of her God Children understand that before accepting the responsibility.
    Thread: God Parents?
  7. SecretaryMonday
    Mar 19, '14 9:42 am
    SecretaryMonday
    Hugs, athalia.

    I can tell you what I've been told; "I'm proud of you for having the courage to experience your feelings!" Sometimes its easier for me to just suppress stuff because it seems too bad for me to be thinking or feeling, but this is a real issue and it comes with real feelings. Being angry doesn't mean that I'm going to blame people for something they didn't mean to do (I know that I was raised with very loving parents and teachers who were doing their best to give me the truth). You can forgive others, especially when something wasn't really their fault to begin with, but be very patient with yourself if the feelings linger. It can be normal to have some anger about stuff like this.
  8. firead
    Mar 18, '14 9:12 am
    firead
    Definitely check with your priest as soon as possible, but you will probably need to baptized with the Triune formula ("Father, Son, & Holy Spirit). I know this was true of one personin my parish who had been baptized as a Oneness Pentecostal.
  9. eschator83
    Jan 8, '14 4:53 pm
    eschator83
    On one hand, each of us has such different interests that its very hard to make a useful universal recommendation for reading--and most often I've heard the suggestion that you ask for guidance from your RCIA team members, who know a bit about you as well as the material you have been discussing in RCIA.
    On the other hand, I think every serious Catholic and inquirer should have:
    -Catechism
    -a good concordance--I recommend the New World NAB Dictionary-Concordance
    -lives of the Saints in liturgical Calendar-I think Butler is best but also most expensive, John Delany is very reverential
    -biographies of your patron Saint and one or two others of interest
    -a good book about prayer
    -history of Church--I suggest Eusebius, also Richard O'Brien Lives of the Popes (even though he is absurdly critical of hierarchy)
    We will keep you in our prayers.
    Thread: Reading Lists?
  10. SeekerB1965
    Dec 24, '13 8:45 am
    SeekerB1965
    I share some of the concerns mentioned above. One of my struggles in life, in general, is perfectionism. I try to follow the rules, and I'm pretty hard on myself when I fail.

    The religious solution I have tried, finding a religion (or denomination) that is loose on rules, has not been very satisfying.

    I am the last person on earth to throw stones at anyone. I know what suffering is, and I know the suffering caused by sin, so I have a lot of compassion for those who suffer (and life is suffering). Maybe the answer for me is humility, faith, and forgiveness...in prayer for myself and others. But to have any of that, I have to understand what the rules are, and there is some clarity in that in Catholicism (I'm finding so far, at least).

    Although some of the theological and philosophical reasoning is incomprehensible to me.

    I have not enrolled in RCIA, but I'm thinking of doing so.

    Peace and grace,
    SeekerB
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  1. HB11
    May 3, '12 2:10 pm
    HB11
    Congrats suezq123, my husband received Sacraments at Easter Vigil and we are also so excited. I posted some photos, I'm up there in age and not so PC savvy but I think it worked. Isn't it wonderful that we can share our faith? Thanks be to God.
  2. Neofight
    May 3, '12 12:50 pm
    Neofight
    Great question, Dan. Of course, I'm only one Catholic, from one parish. However, I did belong to a parish for a year or so, when I was doing some contract work and my wife and I lived in South Korea.

    Both parishes seemed to have an equal opportunity for religious fellowship and social activities.

    The parish has a variety (depending, I guess on its size) of small group ministries, bible studies, parish service, Knights of Columbus, marriage and personal retreats, etc. Something is going on everynite of the week. And although a typical mass at my parish might have 11-1200 people, we know many other members of the parish from these groups, and from regularly seeing each other at mass.

    Last week, for example: Wednesday night meeting with RCIA group, Friday nite potluck for saying goodbye to our pastor who is transferring. Saturday working around the parish grounds. Sunday Mass (of course).

    So, you can be as involved as little, or as much as you like.

    Just try and not become a Catholic CEO (Christmas and Easter Only)!

    It surprises many newcomers or inquirers to find out we, through Baptism by the Holy Spirit, have been commissioned every bit as much as the Apostles were by Christ prior to Pentecost, to evangilize and spread the good news of the Gospel throughout the world!

    Visit the parish and see first hand. All are welcomed and encouraged to fellowship, whether they have been formally received into the church or not. The only restrictions would be receiving the sacraments, which are held until after baptism and some religious instruction (RCIA or individual).

    And, another misconception many come into the Church with, is that the Catholic Church is not steeped in scripture. EVERYTHING we do and believe in, is, grounded in scripture. From the Mass to the sacraments

    St. Jerome, a church father, said, "If you do not know the Bible, you do not know Christ"!

    Amen!
  3. dsully
    May 3, '12 10:31 am
    dsully
    Hey--

    Question for you all:

    What is parish life like in the Catholic Church?

    I guess I have a preconceived notion that there is not as much fellowship in the Catholic Church as there is in, say, a non-denominational evangelical bible church (where there are small groups, etc.). Am I wrong in this preconceived notion?

    Any light on this issue would be helpful!

    Thanks,

    Dan
  4. Neofight
    May 3, '12 7:44 am
    Neofight
    Just to fortify your believe in the completeness of divine scripture, as we near Pentecost, take a few moments to read Genesis Chapter 11 and Acts Chapter 2.

    Babel was a problem brought on by man's lack of humility, causing great confusion; Pentecost was the solution given by God so that all the earth could hear and understand the gospel, and become adopted children of God, joining the Jews as chosen people.

    The Old Testament conceals, and the New Testament reveals!

    Spend some time in the Word today!
  5. beth40n2
    May 3, '12 4:07 am
    beth40n2
    Congrats Suzeq!
  6. maltmom
    May 2, '12 6:29 pm
    maltmom
    Thank wonderful Suezq. I'm so happy for you and your husband. God Bless!
  7. suezq123
    May 2, '12 6:11 pm
    suezq123
    Hello all! Last Sunday my husband and I got confirmed and had our marriage blessed. It was such an emotional but wonderful event. I am so excited to become a part of the church. We were supposed to be confirmed at the Easter vigil but the priest was confused about our situation and thought we had to have a special dispensation but we didn't .
  8. maltmom
    May 2, '12 3:29 pm
    maltmom
    I would never have thought of that Beth. I didn't know we could do that. I'm so excited to learn something new everyday.
  9. beth40n2
    May 1, '12 7:09 pm
    beth40n2
    That is right, finish your roasary with ever you can. Although if I am praying a rosary before going to sleep at night, I do ask my guardian angel to finish it for me if I fall asleep.
  10. maltmom
    Apr 30, '12 5:17 pm
    maltmom
    Thank you so much, that was kind of you to post this for me.



   

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