RCIA - right/wrong to announce on Facebook

Hello

I have been debating if I should put something to my friends/family on Facebook regarding the service Saturday night and the fact that I am becoming Catholic.

I don’t know if this is ‘ok’, right/wrong, rude?
Not sure how to word it.

I think that it is wonderful if you want to announce to your friends and family that you are becoming Catholic. If Facebook is the way that you communicate with many of them, then what would be wrong with putting the announcement there?

I wasn’t sure if it was in anyway rude or boastful

No more so than announcing an expecting child or engagement. Facebook excels at these things.

Your true friends will appreciate and send you their congratulations, even if they don’t fully understand or even like the idea. For those that show rudeness…there’s always the “Remove Friends” option.

For whosoever shall have been ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he shall come in his glory, and in that of the Father, and of the holy angels.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

You could f.ex. mention that you are completing the Rite of Christian Initiation and becoming a Christian in full communion with the Catholic Church. Or simply that you are becoming Catholic. :shrug: But it’s not a good idea - especially for a catechumen about to join the Church - to act based on how others will think of you. That just doesn’t work. Peter denied Christ three times by thinking this way :o

Why would it be wrong or rude? I totally announced it when I became Catholic. Although I didn’t have to, several of my friends announced it for me! lol

Thanks everyone :slight_smile:

I announced it and said when/where things were happening and said anyone who wanted to come was more than welcome :wink:

I changed my religious profile from Protestant to RCIA. It’s going to take awhile for me to be confirmed so hadn’t really thought about it. I probably will just change my religion to Catholic when the time comes and leave it at that. I don’t status update very often, mostly just post pictures of my children occasionally for friends and relatives out of town. Right now I have a couple “friends” that are atheist and like to bash all religions. I don’t like it, they’re mostly just aquaintances-trying to decide if I should unfriend. My friends who aren’t atheist don’t preach to them so why do they seem to go out of there way with all this atheist stuff? Sorry didn’t mean to go off on a rant but back to your original question—I keep everything pretty much on FB-political, religious, or otherwise just in my profile. Otherwise, it seems like I can get drawn into debates over stuff, then I get mad, so what’s the point? I don’t think it’s disrespectul to post your confirmation there. I think it’s great and by the way, Congratulations!!!

  1. I’m glad you asked because it’s a question I had as well. I just didn’t know if it would seem tacky or not.

  2. The tact that I’m taking is posting something on Saturday about going to Easter Vigil and then changing my “religious views” status to Catholic.

  3. In my case, I’ve really just avoided the whole topic on Facebook because my friends already know that I’m a conservative and a Christian. (Also, I gave up posting excessively about politics and religion for Lent). I’ve given a few hints of my new affiliation during the conclave, but I haven’t “come out” as a Catholic. I doubt that most people realized that I was including myself in the Catholic category. That will change on Saturday.

Some of my Facebook friends already know because I’ve invited them to Easter Vigil, but others will be kind of surprised because they don’t live in town and don’t realize that I’ve been married to a Catholic for 10 years! I’m hoping it won’t be too much of a shocker for some people - especially given that I’m already known as someone who takes a conservative view of theology. Still, some people are just going to hate the RCC for reasons beyond my control. All I can do is pray and love on them.

Good Luck and Congrats! I’m so excited that Easter is almost here! :thumbsup:

I think this is one of THE best things to post on FB. :thumbsup: and if it solicits ugly or nasty comments, just delete delete delete them. End of story. :rolleyes:

From experience, I think that you might want to go ahead and announce this. If anyone gets offended, its just a facebook status that will be buried the next day in other news and pictures of funny cats.
I did NOT announce (except casually to my immediate family), and one person was upset that I HADN’T told anyone, because she would have loved to have attended my Confirmation.

Congratulations! :smiley:

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