Getting back into Catholic


#1

I have been out of the Catholic church since the 90’s . I want to know where do I start . I heard that you must make confirmation.? how do I go about that. I don’t remember the steps of sacrements ?


#2

you should talk to your parish priest --he will be able to guide you back home. :thumbsup:


#3

There are three sacraments of initiation. For those born in the Western church they are usually done:

Baptism (as a child) - Our initiation, our birth into God’s kingdom
Eucharist (Every Sunday, but start when you’re at the age of reason, about 7) - Being given the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ
Confirmation (teenager) - The Holy Spirit strenghtens you with the gifts of the Holy Spirit for your upcoming battles in life

If you convert all three are recieved at the same time.

If you have been away from the church and havn’t recieved one of these sacraments of initiation (Confirmation ususally for those who leave as a teenager) talk to a priest and see what your parish has set up to minister to people in your situtation.

If you have recieved confirmation go to confession, and tell the priest how long it has been since you’ve been to mass then after confession you should be free to return to mass unless you have circumstances (like not willing to give up adultry or wanting to still keep the hitman job) and the priest will inform you.


#4

If you have recieved confirmation go to confession, and tell the priest how long it has been since you’ve been to mass then after confession you should be free to return to mass unless you have circumstances (like not willing to give up adultry or wanting to still keep the hitman job) and the priest will inform you.

Not to nitpick but to clarify, but Machito, you can go to Mass at any time. What you may not do is receive the Eucharist until your status with the Church has been straightened out. In fact, I encourage you to return to attending Mass for all the benefits it will give you.

Also, if you weren’t confirmed (or even if you were) you can attend RCIA classes and learn about your faith and be confirmed at the Easter Vigil in 2007. It seems like a long time off, but the time will pass much faster than you might think and it gives you time to get re-involved in the practice of your faith, once again.

And welcome home! :thumbsup:


#5

[quote=I_A_]There are three sacraments of initiation. For those born in the Western church they are usually done:

Baptism (as a child) - Our initiation, our birth into God’s kingdom
Eucharist (Every Sunday, but start when you’re at the age of reason, about 7) - Being given the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ
Confirmation (teenager) - The Holy Spirit strenghtens you with the gifts of the Holy Spirit for your upcoming battles in life

If you convert all three are recieved at the same time.

If you have been away from the church and havn’t recieved one of these sacraments of initiation (Confirmation ususally for those who leave as a teenager) talk to a priest and see what your parish has set up to minister to people in your situtation.

If you have recieved confirmation go to confession, and tell the priest how long it has been since you’ve been to mass then after confession you should be free to return to mass unless you have circumstances (like not willing to give up adultry or wanting to still keep the hitman job) and the priest will inform you.
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I completed the Baptism as a baby , Eucharist, I made my first communion at the age 7 .
as of now I’m living in another state . I don’t have a church to attend to ? . I have not seen any where I live ? .


#6

[quote=Machito]I completed the Baptism as a baby , Eucharist, I made my first communion at the age 7 .
as of now I’m living in another state . I don’t have a church to attend to ? . I have not seen any where I live ? .
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Your state must have a diocese that covers it. Contact them for the name of your nearest Catholic parish.


#7

[quote=Machito]I completed the Baptism as a baby , Eucharist, I made my first communion at the age 7 .
as of now I’m living in another state . I don’t have a church to attend to ? . I have not seen any where I live ? .
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You can visit masstimes.org to find a parish near you. I use it when I go on vacation so that I don’t miss Mass. My husband and I even used it for our honeymoon in Canada!


#8

[quote=Machito]I completed the Baptism as a baby , Eucharist, I made my first communion at the age 7 .
as of now I’m living in another state . I don’t have a church to attend to ? . I have not seen any where I live ? .
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This website will be helpful to you.
www.masstimes.org
You can just put in your zipcode, city or whatever and you will see a list of Catholic churches in your area. You can just call the number provided and just tell them you haven’t been to church in years and you would like to go through the right steps to participate fully. They will gladly help you out.
Good Luck and God Bless–Rebecca


#9

[quote=beckyann2597]This website will be helpful to you.
www.masstimes.org
You can just put in your zipcode, city or whatever and you will see a list of Catholic churches in your area. You can just call the number provided and just tell them you haven’t been to church in years and you would like to go through the right steps to participate fully. They will gladly help you out.
Good Luck and God Bless–Rebecca
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Rebecca, thanks for the info.
peace and blessings.


#10

[quote=Machito]I completed the Baptism as a baby , Eucharist, I made my first communion at the age 7 .
as of now I’m living in another state . I don’t have a church to attend to ? . I have not seen any where I live ? .
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Since you’ve received Baptism and first Communion, you can go to Reconciliation and begin receiving the Eucharist again.

Then you can talk to your priest about receiving Confirmation. Many, many people do this as an adult.

Look in your local phone book under Churches or go to www.masstimes.org to look up churches in your city or state.


#11

I just returned to the Church a few months ago after being “away” since college (over 20 years!). I was fortunate to find a local parish that has a “coming home” ministry. Over several weeks, the program gave a refresher course in the church, including all the changes. The program also encouraged us to raise questions and concerns in a confidential, non-threatening setting. And it was run by people like me - who had been away and then returned. See if you can find one around you.


#12

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