I Am an Adult Who Wants to Receive Baptism…

If an adult is not baptized, he or she should seek initiation in the Catholic Church.  Full initiation is: Baptism, Confirmation and Communion.  The preparation for baptism is an experience of conversion to Jesus Christ.  The Church helps in this conversion by providing the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

***Please contact a priest directly for more information about baptism.

In addition to catechism classes, the person will follow the stages of conversion in the RCIA:

  1. Period of Inquiry:  Most likely, this period was the question-asking that the person did on their way to a decision to approach the Church for baptism.  If not, the person’s immediate questions would be answered to their satisfaction.
  2. Period of the Catechumenate:  When the person is ready to seek baptism, he or she is accepted as a Catechumen (a person officially preparing for baptism).  Catechumens are members of the Church (though still lacking baptism), and can have Catholic weddings and funerals.  Catechumens are encouraged to continue learning about the faith and convert their lives to Christ in preparation for the gift of salvation in baptism.  The period of the Catechumenate lasts as long as a person requires to prepare themselves for baptism.
  3. Period of Purification and Enlightenment:  When a Catechumen is judged by the parish to be ready, he or she is ‘elected’ by the Bishop to receive baptism.  This happens at the beginning of Lent, the period before Easter.  The Elect is then asked to scrutinize himself or herself so that all worldly ambition is weeded out.  The Church provides three scrutinies and other preparation rites to help in this endeavor.
  4. Initiation in the Faith:  At the Easter Vigil, the Elect receives Baptism, Confirmation and receives their first Communion.  At St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Bishop celebrates these sacraments as the priests of the Cathedral assist.
  5. Period of Mystagogy:  The Christian life is not done after baptism!  Rather, the Church provides some other classes/formation for the newly baptized so that they might better understand what they have received and might be able to live it out for the rest of their lives.  Afterwards, he or she lives as a full Catholic, practicing the faith until the Lord comes for them at the end of this life.

I Am a Christian Who Wants to Become Catholic…

Catholicism is a religion of the Truth.  Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  To seek Jesus is to seek the Truth.

A baptized Christian is already converted to Christ.  To become Catholic, all he or she needs to do is recognize the same Truth that the Catholic Church teaches and then to be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.

Again, the Catholic Church only teaches the Truth, as revealed to us in Sacred Scripture (the Bible) and following the constant teaching of the Apostles and their successors.  Indeed, the rite of reception into Full Communion requires only that the baptized Christian recite the Creed (see below) together with the assembly.  Then he or she adds,

I believe and profess all that the the Holy Catholic Church teaches, believes and proclaims to be revealed by God.

The new Catholic is then Confirmed and receives his or her first Communion.

Of course, a person should learn the teachings of the Church so as to be fully informed in making their Profession of Faith.

If you are interested in becoming Catholic, please speak directly with a priest.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

And one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

I Am a Catholic Who Lacks Confirmation and/or First Communion

Whether you are a long-practicing Catholic, a Catholic who has recently come back to the faith, or a Catholic in need of Confirmation or First Communion, these classes are for you!

Continuing Education

No one is able to understand all the mysteries of God, but we can approach Him by learning more about the Truth.  The Catholic Church is a religion of the Truth (remember: Jesus called himself the Truth), and the Truth is revealed to us in Sacred Scripture (the Bible).  The Church’s teachings are based in the Scriptures and are incredibly important in living a Christian life.  Come to the classes to ’round out’ your practice of the faith with a holy knowledge and understanding of it.  The classes are open to anyone, and pre-registration is NOT required–just show up!

Returning to the Catholic Faith

If you have recently come back to the Catholic faith, or desire to do so, please speak directly with a priest.  Often, a good confession will suffice to be reunited with your faith.  It is also good to attend a ‘refresher’ course to remind you of what you are gaining back.

In Need of Confirmation or First Communion

In order to receive Confirmation or First Communion, a Catholic should be sufficiently prepared, both in spirit and in understanding.  The adult catechism classes will help in the preparation for receiving Confirmation or First Communion.

If you are a Catholic in need of Confirmation or First Communion, please contact a priest directly.

I Am a Catholic Who Wants to Learn More About My Faith…

If you are a long-practicing Catholic, these classes are for you!

Continuing Education

No one is able to understand all the mysteries of God, but we can approach Him by learning more about the Truth.  The Catholic Church is a religion of the Truth (remember: Jesus called himself the Truth), and the Truth is revealed to us in Sacred Scripture (the Bible).  The Church’s teachings are based in the Scriptures and are incredibly important in living a Christian life.  Come to the classes to ’round out’ your practice of the faith with a holy knowledge and understanding of it.  The classes are open to anyone, and pre-registration is NOT required–just show up!

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