I am a non-baptized Protestant, now dating a Catholic (long-distance) and I have been thinking seriously of converting. I have attended mass regularly over the last several months and I feel very drawn to the Catholic church.
I will be attending mass with my boyfriend’s family this month, and I am worried about behaving respectfully. When I attend mass on my own, I cross myself at the specified times and participate in mass, except that I do not go up to receive the Eucharist.
Is this proper? I attended the RCIA orientation meeting (although I am not currently pursuing the classes) and the priest indicated that we could all cross ourselves during prayer. I am worried that perhaps I shouldn’t cross myself at mass if I’m not baptized. Do devout, traditional Catholics get offended if a non-Catholic/non-baptized Christian crosses herself?