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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. eschator83
    Yesterday 10:50 am
    eschator83
    I hope to encourage members to post summaries of the events of their conversion while they are still fresh in mind to encourage others both to consider their own beliefs and to become more active in evangelization. I think each of us is truly unique, and each reponds in separate ways to the different aspects of evangelization.
    It is my intent to post my own story--I must admit I've been trying to figure out how to express it for years. I hope others (and me too) will also comment on previously published stories, like Scott Hahn (I had his book Rome, Sweet Home--but apparently gave/lent it to someone), or CS Lewis, GK Chesterton, St John Newman, or many others. God bless you.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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
    Thread: concerns
  9. IneedGod
    Mar 29, '13 9:10 am
    IneedGod
    I wanted to congratulate everyone again, houseofsaul, beth40n2' paligan
    All of you!
    I am thankful to have found CAF and to go through this journey with you!
    God bless. :
    Thread: Tomorrow
  10. IneedGod
    Mar 14, '13 11:05 pm
    IneedGod
    Holy Saturday is coming up real fast,
    Congratulations to my fellow RCIA of 2012-2013
    Thread: Holy Saturday

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  1. Neofight
    May 27, '12 9:49 am
    Neofight
    Babel was the problem brought on by the arrogance of man (cf. Gen 11:1-9); Pentecost was the solution (cf. Acts 2:1-11) that only God could offer after revealing his plan for our salvation through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Alleluia!
  2. maltmom
    May 27, '12 7:18 am
    maltmom
    Hi Turtle Turtle, you found us!
  3. melodyleeper
    May 27, '12 7:07 am
    melodyleeper
    Mary Virginia
    They must think the Pope understands and loves nascar LOL.
  4. Turtle Turtle
    May 26, '12 10:02 pm
    Turtle Turtle
    Hi I am new to the forum. I did not go through RCIA, I received private instruction from a dear priest. I just want to read what everyone is saying.
  5. Mary Virginia
    May 26, '12 9:16 am
    Mary Virginia
    Melodyleeper-Yeah-ref. fixing my computer=woman power! Lol!

    Beth-Love your post on Pentecost Sunday-guess it's today for me as I live near the Indy 500 track and theres no service Sunday in many Catholic churchs Sunday due to the race! Roads are one way to the track-no doubt my Priest & another one whose on a racing team will be there as well! Lol!

    Happy Pentecost Sunday
    & Happy Memorial Day All! M
  6. beth40n2
    May 26, '12 8:42 am
    beth40n2
    Tomorrow is Pentecost. Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16) and St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (16:8). It is the 50th day after Easter (if we count both Easter and Pentecost), and it supplants the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place 50 days after the Passover and which celebrated the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai.

    The Acts of the Apostles recounts the story of the original Pentecost as well (Acts 2). Jews from all over were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast. On that Sunday, ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord, the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were gathered in the Upper Room, where they had seen Christ after His Resurrection:

    And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. [Acts 2:2-4]
    Christ had promised His Apostles that He would sent His Holy Spirit, and, on Pentecost, they were granted the gifts of the Spirit. The Apostles began to preach the Gospel in all of the languages that the Jews who were gathered there spoke, and about 3,000 people were converted and baptized that day.

    That is why Pentecost is often called "the birthday of the Church." On this day, with the descent of the Holy Spirit, Christ's mission is completed, and the New Covenant is inaugurated. It's interesting to note that St. Peter, the first pope, was already the leader and spokesman for the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday (see Acts 2:14ff).

    In years past, Pentecost was celebrated with greater solemnity than it is today. In fact, the entire period between Easter and Pentecost Sunday was known as Pentecost (and it still is called Pentecost in the Eastern churches, both Catholic and Orthodox). During those 50 days, both fasting and kneeling were strictly forbidden, because this period was supposed to give us a foretaste of the life of Heaven. In more recent times, parishes celebrated the approach of Pentecost with the public recitation of the Novena to the Holy Ghost.
  7. melodyleeper
    May 25, '12 10:29 pm
    melodyleeper
    Very glad you computer is fixed maryvirginia
  8. beth40n2
    May 25, '12 6:28 pm
    beth40n2
    I started a couple threads on resourses, but I want it for resourses only. We can continue our discussions in the group. I will slowly add more resources that I have.

    If anyone has any special subjects you want resources for I will add them.
  9. number2wilkins
    May 25, '12 5:16 pm
    number2wilkins
    thomc,

    you might enjoy Symbolism by Johann Adam Mohler,, i'm reading it now and while some of it's kind of tough, being deep in places, i haven't gotten totally lost yet..

    in it, Mohler discusses the doctrinal differences between catholics and protestants using their symbolical writings as the basis for their beliefs..

    very informative!
  10. Mary Virginia
    May 24, '12 5:45 pm
    Mary Virginia
    My computer, Frankenchip's been down but I gave him an attitude adjustment so I'm back, and praying for you all.
    Sorry to hear about your Father Woolybabe! Prayers for your family as well!

    Peace! M



   

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