I’m looking for help learning the Catholic faith, and needed to start a new thread because the other one had started to go stale. Given my prior experience (here and elsewhere) trying to find answers to my questions, I must make a few remarks before asking.
I am trying to prepare for confirmation on Easter Vigil and our parish RCIA instructors are not getting the job done. I have come to you wonderful people for help because time is running out.
Please do not assume prior knowledge. Please to not assume you know my intentions. Please do not accuse me of scrupulosity. I am sincerely trying to learn what it means to be Catholic, and deserve to be taken at my word.
Also, please do not recommend books. I have spent hundreds of dollars on Catholic books this year and probably have whatever you’re going to recommend. I’m out of money and need to communicate with a human.
Now, on to the questions…
**1. I hear that there is some special thing that catechumens do during Lent. What is that?
Is the process different for catechumens vs. candidates?
If I know the two commandments of Jesus, the Ten Commandments, the seven sacraments, the Five Precepts of the Catholic Church, the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostle’s Creed, will I be sufficiently prepared for life as a Catholic?
One of my books says that “the basic elements of the catechumenate are explained in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.” What are those basic elements? Are they the things I listed in question #3? Did I leave anything out?
Why are some people telling me not to get a blessing during communion?
The prayers used during Mass seem to change from one week to the next, and some have more than one optional response listed in the missal. How does everybody know what to say? (No, it is not in the program.)
How do I know if my parish is expecting me to join the church this Easter? Do I have to be enrolled in anything?
When will I know I am ready for confirmation?
Please, please, please, if you think these questions reveal some kind of deep fault in my character, just move on. To those who want to help, I may be slow to respond, so thank you in advance.