BECOMING CATHOLIC MEANS MEETING JESUS: THE WAY, TRUTH AND LIFE
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Catholic Church. Being Catholic means joining 1.2 billion disciples of Jesus who are united under the leadership of Pope Francis. The Catholic Church is the same Church Jesus founded 2000 years ago to be the instrument of salvation to all people. We welcome you to discover the Father’s plan of love and mercy in our faith family.
Whether you simply want to explore the Catholic faith or are interested in becoming Catholic, we welcome you wherever you are in your journey. We are a diverse collection of races, nationalities, and tongues united together as one in Jesus Christ. Strengthened by the Sacraments, the Word of God, and the ministry of the apostles' successors (the bishops), we strive to put the free gift of mercy and grace we have received from Christ into practice in our lives.
For each of us, the path to accepting new life in Christ has been unique. The reality, however, is that it does not matter what you have done or how far away from God you think you are. Christ welcomes you into His Church with open arms. His forgiveness is complete and His mercy lasts forever.
Christ calls each of us to a deeper relationship with both Him and His Church. This journey of discipleship begins at Baptism and continues throughout our lives. Becoming Catholic and living as a disciple in communion with the Church is not simply like joining a club or being an active member of a civic organization. Rather, it is an experience of sharing the very supernatural life of God in the midst of the human community. United with Christ by our participation in the sacraments, we give witness to the merciful love of the Father through lives characterized by self-sacrifice and fruitfulness in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Church recognizes the importance of this journey of discipleship and strives to provide formation that is equal to the dignity of Christ’s call. Here at St. Michael's, those who wish to inquire about joining the Catholic Church can participate in our Inquiry Sessions. These sessions meet weekly from early September until Easter. There's no pressure. It's just a group of men and women searching for the Lord in an atmosphere that is relaxed and respectful.
This program leads into the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA for short) --a series or meetings that include study, prayer and discussion that culminates in the reception of the Sacrament of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass for those who are unbaptized. Baptized Christians (including Catholics who have not received all of their Sacraments of Initiation) will receive First Holy Communion and Confirmation, and they will make a Profession of Faith.
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