It was around last Easter that I was starting to be less comfortable with my Baptist Church. And that I began to want to speak with a Catholic Priest. But it is a busy time in the Catholic Church so I waited until Easter had passed. And I met with my Priest last June.
Quite a bit has happened since then:
a) I started reading a lot since last June. Books I read include:
“Life is Worth Living” (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)
“Treasure in Clay” (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)
“Characters of the Passion” (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)
“Heaven in Our Hands” (Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel)
“The Gift of Peace” (Cardinal Joseph Berardin)
“Advent and Christmas with Fulton J. Sheen” (edited by Judy Bauer)
Apostolic Letter “Rosarium Virginis Mariae” (Pope John Paul II)
I am presently reading
"The Secret of the Rosary" (St. Louis Grignion de Montfort)
“Victory Over Vice” (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)
“Mary Day by Day” (a daily devotional)
“Imitation of Mary” (Alexander de Rouville)
I think Our Lady of Lourdes (Mary) helped pick out the last two books so that I might learn more about her virtues.
b) I started RCIA. This year’s RCIA is perhaps on the short side because Easter is so early this year.
c) I learned how to pray the Rosary (but still need to memorize the Apostles Creed and Hail Holy Queen prayers).
d) I enrolled in the Rosary Confraternity
e) I just started a new job (I was unemployed since November 2003)
Tomorrow is “sending to the Bishop”. Our class already had the rite of acceptance.
Dilemma: I am not ready to receive the sacraments.
In part, because of my “life situation”. I’m married (almost 10 years ago) and have children. My wife is not Catholic. We still go to the Baptist Church together (and afterwards I go to the Catholic Church by myself). I avoid communion Sundays at the Baptist Church. I know cannot presently receive absolution in confession (and I’d rather not discuss why in this forum). It will be perhaps another year or so. I suppose also that I should not be confirmed nor go to confession, etc. And I wonder if I should be sent to the Bishop or if I should have been received into the Church – but I’m going along with that.
Question 1: So at what point should I not be participating along with this year’s RCIA class? I’ll try to discuss this and ask my RCIA director a few questions when they aren’t so busy. And I suppose that they are already thinking about this as well. Perhaps they don’t want to offend me. And I don’t want to cause somebody to stumble (to go as far as somebody giving me a sacrament when I am not ready).
Question 2: I read that becoming a Catholic is a process that takes at least a year.
[quote=http://www.catholic.org/clife/prayers/become.php]The second stage is called the catechumenate and, for the unbaptized listed above, who are now called catechumens, should last no less than one full year.
I am unaware that anyplace usually spends more than one year.
Comment: Mary is the refuge of sinners. I am depending on Mary and Jesus to watch over me during this time. And this has brought me comfort.