I have a question regarding acceptance into the Catholic church. I was baptized Catholic as an infant, as my family was Catholic at the time. Things changed and I was raised Protestant. Consequently, I never received first communion or confirmation. I also harbored many false notions (of Protestant origin). However, I have been on a journey home. I have studied and learned so much! I am struck by the fullness of the faith. I want to worship in the Catholic church as a Catholic. I wonder if I can be accepted since I have already been baptized. I wonder what I must do to be accepted wtih regard to the sacraments.
First of all, Welcome Home. It is wonderful that you have been studying and discovering your faith. It’s great that you want to come into full communion with your Church.
My suggestion would be for you to contact your local parish about becoming part of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This is a process for those adults who are considering coming into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
**There are three categories of participants. **
1. Catechumens: These are people who have never been baptized. They will be baptized, confirmed and recieve First Eucharist all at once, at the Easter Vigil.
2. Candidates: Candidates are baptized Christinas who desire to become Catholics. They will be confirmed and recieve First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
**3. Confirmandi: These are Catholics who have never been confirmed. They will recieve the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. **
**Although you are a baptized Catholic, since you have not recieved first Holy Communion or Confirmation, you would recieve these sacraments at the Easter Vigil, and be brought into full communion with the Church. **
Joining an RCIA class does not bind you to actually becoming into full communion with the Church…It is an opportunity to learn more, and to take the time to discern God’s will for your life. There will be no pressure…
**The RCIA will be a good place for you to continue delving into the mysteries of the Church. There will be people there who can answer your many questions, and to walk with you on your journey of faith. **
**Good luck to you…I’m sure I’ve left something out, so feel free to email me if you have more questions. **