“The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’” ( John 1:37-39)
The Catholic faith begins with a choice to follow Jesus Christ within the Catholic Church. This will have effects that challenge and even transform every aspect of our existence.
Some people are first drawn to the Church through the good example or ‘something different’ we witness in a family member, friend, or coworker. Others begin from a commitment to justice for the poor and needy. While one person may be attracted by the beauty of Catholic worship, another could discover the beauty of Catholic doctrine without having yet set foot in a church.
Whatever may have sparked your interest in Catholicism, we invite you to learn more with us at St. Thomas More, not only through the resources we share on this web page but more importantly in person with our parish community. To start asking questions about Catholic belief or practice, or to explore becoming Catholic, please contact Jim Hynes below.
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How Do I Become Catholic?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process given by the Church for the formation of adults in the faith. The RCIA is an opportunity for you to share your faith journey with others, to learn about the Catholic faith, and to experience the life of the Church community. Beginning a time of prayer and study through the RCIA is not a commitment to join the Roman Catholic Church, although this is the process through which persons who eventually discern the call to do so will be initiated into the Catholic faith. Jesus gently invites each of us, saying to those who are searching, "Come, and you will see." We want to welcome you to travel with us and encourage you to bring us your questions and hopes.
Is the RCIA for me?
The Rite of Christian Initation of Adults seeks to prepare and form in faith two types of adults for full initiation into the Roman Catholic Church:
1) those who have never been baptized
2) those who have been baptized but not catechized as Catholics.
Unbaptized children who have passed their 7th birthday are received into the Church through this Rite as specifically adapted for this age group.
For those who are already fully initiated Catholics but have been inactive in the Church for some time, our Adult Faith Formation programs can assist you in learning about the Catholic faith, and living out the fullness of your Christian life.
How Does the RCIA Work?
Becoming Catholic consists of four periods of formation which are marked by rituals that celebrate what has been completed and call a person into the next phase.