Why be Catholic?
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Why become Catholic?
Many reasons bring us to seek out a church community — a feeling that something is missing, a crisis, a major life change, or the gentle encouragement of a friend or family member. Whatever your reason, we welcome you and look forward to you becoming a part of us.
Becoming Catholic is a process involves getting to know the Bible, Catholic teachings and practices, and Christian morality and values. It involves developing and deepening a life of prayer and a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as building a relationship with a local Catholic community. Participants prepare not only for the reception of the sacraments, but for a whole new way of life.
Ask Catholic friends and neighbors about their Church. Go with a Catholic friend, family member or co-worker to Mass. Ask questions. Let the priest know that you are thinking about becoming Catholic and ask them when might be a good time to talk.
The basic beliefs of Catholicism are outlined in the Profession of Faith, a.k.a. the Creed, which is proclaimed at every Sunday Mass. The resources below offer opportunities to explore and discover more information on the Catholic way of life.
Books, websites and other content about Catholicism
The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
Parishes welcome new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).Learn about the process
Answers to commonly asked questions about becoming Catholic
Resources to learn about the Catholic Faith
There is a big world (wide web) of Catholics publishing all sorts of information about becoming Catholic.
Learn Catholicism on-the-go from some of the most popular Catholic podcasters.
If there is one thing Catholics do, it is write books. This is a sampling of books that make great companions on your journey.
A look at the basics of the faith and how it is manifested in worship, plus the most frequently asked questions on Catholic faith, worship, culture, and customs.
Leads the reader from early Old Testament times through a world starting over in Jesus, and looking ahead to the time when Jesus will come again and we will share fully in his life.