I’m new to this forum (or any forum really to be honest) and if this is in the wrong section, then I apologize for this in advance if this is the case.
My mother is a devout Christian, and sees anyone as a believer in Christ to be a fellow sister/brother, so any Church that she sees as a place to know God is where we’ve gone. However, the trend has been mostly been Methodist churches although I’ve been to Presbyterian church once. Generally I consider myself non-denominational (at least I used to).
Currently I’m going to a Southern Baptist Church, Southern Baptist Church Bible Study on Friday Nights, and a fellowship/worship meeting on Saturday nights (the associated church has “elders” that lead discussion instead of pastors/priests, and uses the New Recovery version of the Bible). I also meet someone from the Saturday night fellowship meet to talk generally about my growth in faith on Thursdays (usually with other people).
I also occasionally go to Mass during the weekdays.
I really believed spiritually I’ve grown so much as a Christian throughout my life and experiences with all these groups. However, I believe spirituality alone is definitely not enough, and I believe the Catholic church is calling me to join. So I have a couple questions.
The idea of praying to saints and to the Virgin Mary are very removed ideas in my growth as a Christian. Is it a requirement that I pray/venerate them immediately if I were to convert? Can I steadily learn to know their place in their veneration? Do I always have to venerate them, because I’ve always been used to praying to Jesus/God directly.
I know the RCIA is not short, and I will be going on vacation this summer traveling in Europe. I know going to Mass is important and is a duty every week. However, what should I do if there are no local mass locations to places I am travelling? Is there some useful website with recordings of the liturgy or some website that I can watch/listen if I can’t go to one? What is the best recommendation in such a situation?
During the summer I will be staying at my family’s house. However, we have limited cars. My entire family goes to a Methodist church. However, what should I do about going to a Mass? I don’t have a license to drive, and cars are limited.
I heard that the Sacrament of Penance is not really true unless I am a full Catholic. However, is it okay to still talk to a priest about things I’ve done etc., as a form of practice in my conversion?
What should I do if a family member (maybe a parent) does not support me in my conversion? My mother would allow, not sure about my father. Just wondering as a possibility.
Can I talk to a priest (before going into an RCIA) about dreams/visions etc. and past supernatural experiences, or is this something that should be reserved until after full conversion?
Sorry for this being really long, but my faith is really important to me and I wish to be thorough.