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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. dilleachta
    Aug 31, '14 6:51 pm
    dilleachta
    Hello everyone,

    As the title eludes, I am finding that the parish with which I recently started RCIA classes is unable to meet the needs I have as an inquirer. I feel such a strong sense of home and good from this parish. They are, admittedly, busy beyond what a lay-person would consider reasonable. I am conflicted. This is a critical point of my spiritual life but I am not finding sufficient assistance. Should I go to another church for RCIA? Should I interpret this as a sign to be patient? Any insight would be much appreciated
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?

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  1. Neofight
    May 28, '12 8:26 am
    Neofight
    Great Mass Readings today!

    Especially liked from 1 Peter:

    Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet you believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of faith, the salvation of your souls.

    And from Psalm 11, the reading holds true not only in the context of the old covenant, but in the new covenant through Christ Jesus:

    He has sent deliverance to his people; he has ratified his covenant forever; holy and awesomem ishis name. His praise endures forever.

    And from Mark's gospel the lifting of Mark's messianic secret by Christ when he says:

    Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.

    Amen!
  2. Mary Virginia
    May 27, '12 4:14 pm
    Mary Virginia
    Melody-It's the Indy 500 today=Nascar is August or September for the Brickyard 400...ur so cute!
    Some cool vintage WWII planes flew over the track & near my house-I live at the airport practically!

    Peace All! M
  3. beth40n2
    May 27, '12 3:08 pm
    beth40n2
    If anyone has any good resources they would like in the forums of this group, please send them to me. It is so much easier than having to search our notes.
  4. beth40n2
    May 27, '12 2:56 pm
    beth40n2
    Welcome Turtle Turtle!

    Amen Neofight! Pentecost is one of my favorite church holidays....maybe because when I came to know Jesus it was in a Pentecostal church way back in 1979. And learning about and being blessed with the gifts of the spirit, came early in my Christian walk.
  5. 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!
  6. maltmom
    May 27, '12 7:18 am
    maltmom
    Hi Turtle Turtle, you found us!
  7. melodyleeper
    May 27, '12 7:07 am
    melodyleeper
    Mary Virginia
    They must think the Pope understands and loves nascar LOL.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.



   

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