Good evening everyone,
I apologize in advance, as I have many questions about my converting to the Catholic Church, and I would appreciate your guidance. I would also like to apologize if I am posting in the wrong forum, as this looked like a place where my questions would “fit in”.Thank you.
Firstly, I was raised as a Baptist, so there are many things that are different and I am still trying to understand the things I have been learning. I have told my famity and friends I would like to convert to Catholicism, and they are not exactly accepting of my choice, and some even treat it as if I were converting out of Christianity. There is only one Catholic Church in my county, and I doubt I will be able to attend it until I get my own driver’s license (this July at the earliest). And even then I might not be able to attend. What should I do until I am able to attend church regularly? What type of Bible should I buy to use? I only have a few King James versions and a New Living Translation , and I don’t think those are accepted by the Church.
Secondly, I have been saved, I believe, as well as baptized, I still sin, however, and do wrong. The pastors in the Baptist churches I have been to say that if you have doubts about your salvation or do wrong as you have before you were saved you are not truly saved and can’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I have prayed numerous times about my salvation and I still occasionally have doubts and do wrong. This greatly troubles me. What should I do?
Thirdly, what should I do once I have converted? Can I convert outside of a church? How can I learn more about the faith, such as learning about Purgatory, what I should be doing as a new Catholic, how I should study my Bible, et cetera.
Fourthly and finally, could someone explain the things I would be doing as a Catholic? Mass, Liturgy, confessions, the cross symbol, et cetera?
Again, I apologize for all the questions and if I’ve posted in the wrong forum. I’d like to thank you all for the help and guidance you provide.