Hi, everyone. This is my first post here, and I’m very hopeful that you can advise me.
Long story short, I was raised in an evangelical church that felt Catholicism was not real Christianity and provided encouragement in my faith by my wonderful parents, though I increasingly found myself wanting to go deeper. In college, I took a series of medieval history classes that inspired in me a new understanding and true appreciation of Catholicism. I felt a persistent desire to experience Mass for myself that would not go away and finally took the plunge a few years later. Since last November, I’ve been attending Mass weekly, sometimes twice weekly, and reading as much about the faith as possible. Lately, the yearning to participate fully in the beauty of what’s happening before me has overwhelmed me, and I’ve decided I can’t ignore the enduring call of my heart any longer. I need to be part of the Church.
While I was raised with firm faith in Christ and studied Scripture extensively growing up, my church did not see baptism as a necessity, and I keenly feel my unbaptized state each day. It seems that the Church–and rightly so–tends to encourage the unbaptized to take RCIA at a more measured pace, and I’ve missed at least the first few weeks of the sessions my local parishes offer. I know there’s no certainty outside of an answer from a pastor, but do those of you with RCIA leadership experience know if there’s a designated point/rule of thumb at which it’s too late for inquirers to join classes in preparation for the upcoming Easter Vigil? If I already have missed it, of course I’m not going to let that stop me from continuing my study and entering in 2019, but I’m hopeful that I might still have a chance.
Thank you for any advice you might be able to offer! I hope I’ve posted this in the right section.