Hi everyone, I had previously posted on here on how I had joined the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. I was under the impression by asking to register with parish and receiving the mysteries of confession, and Eucharist, that I was already officially Eastern Catholic.
So here’s what happened, I wanted to become Eastern Catholic. I went to the priest at the Ukrainian parish with a copy of my baptismal/chrismation certificate. I told him I wanted to become Eastern Catholic and gave him the certificate. He was very nice and seemed very positive to the idea of me joining the parish. I filled out the parish registration card I was given and he handed me a box of offering envelopes. I thought by expressing my intent to join, being registered, and then participating in the mysteries (which I have been doing regularly for nearly two months now) was enough to count as a profession.
I sat down with the priest recently for spiritual direction and I asked out of curiosity if I was officially Eastern Catholic, and to my surprise, he said I still needed to make a formal profession of faith and have him record it in the baptismal registry with which specific Eastern Catholic Church I will join (Coming from the Greek Archdiocese so it would be the Greek Byzantine Catholic Church).
I know as an Eastern Orthodox I am allowed to receive the sacraments of confession, anointing, and Eucharist in Catholic parishes, but I did not think I could register with the parish first before make the profession of faith? Anyone have any thoughts? I am sort of confused. I intend to make the profession as soon as its realistically and logistically possible of course.