BECOMING CATHOLIC & RETURNING CATHOLICS
Please Note: The main thing to remember is that it is much easier than what you would expect. The desire to become a Catholic is far more important than believing you have to remember all sorts of "rules or regulations." As you are aware, there is a great deal of information available about the Catholic Faith, however it is good to take one step at a time. Learn what you can through the Guidance of the Holy Spirit and by asking help from our Blessed Mother and you will be at peace. Finding a priest or deacon you feel comfortable with is very important because they can teach you many things about Catholicism in a short period of time.
God Bless you.
Vincent T. Bemowski - Webmaster/Editor
CatholicsComeHome.org - What We Do - A Crisis of Faith in our World - "It is clear that our society is in the midst of a culture war. More than ever, people need God, but sadly, many have lost sight of the treasures of the Catholic faith. We can see the reality of our fallen-away brothers and sisters not only in our nation as a whole, but even in our own families and neighborhoods. The evidence is shocking."
Becoming Catholic Blog - "I was a life-long protestant. My purpose is to create a record for myself as well as to educate other Christians. For the first time in my life, I feel as though I have chosen a church, rather than have someone else choose it for me. It is not my intention to bash any other church. I believe that Christianity is a religion of love and peace and brotherhood, not division." Becoming Catholic (Diocese of Manchester) - "Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? People are drawn to explore the Catholic faith for many different reasons. Perhaps they experienced a Catholic Mass at the time of a wedding or funeral and were attracted by the prayer and ritual. They may have witnessed the source of hope and comfort a Catholic relative, friend or co-worker found in their faith at a time of difficulty or crisis." "Becoming Catholic" - EWTN Home Videos - "Fr. Edward Krause sets forth the basic beliefs of the Catholic faith in this 13-part EWTN series. Find out what Catholics believe and what it truly means to be a Catholic. Relying on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the teachings of Pope John Paul II, Fr. Krause helps us form and conform our conscience, mind and heart to Christ and to His Church. 3 tapes. 6½ hrs." Note: Before ordering you must register, or sign-in. Then click on "Multimedia," & "EWTN Home Video." (This video was listed on page 4, although it may have been moved to another page after this was written).
•Focus on what's important
•Be serious about converting to Christ
•Learn what "next steps" to take
•Get helpful guidance that addresses your real needs
•Find solid & reliable information"
The Department of Communications of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commissioned CARA to conduct this survey. The following are the primary topic areas of the survey:
How Catholics have entered the Church.
The general sacramental lives of Catholics.
The Mass and Eucharist.
Anointing of the Sick.
Ordinations and vocations.
Religious devotions and practices in daily life.
General Catholic beliefs and attitudes.
Parish life in a time of fewer priests.
Satisfaction with Church leaders."
Converting & Becoming Catholic - "Throughout the year, individuals come forward seeking to learn more about the Catholic faith. You may have a friend who is Catholic... you may be dating, engaged, or married to a Catholic...or you may just be seeking information on your own. You may have even been baptized a Catholic but never completed your initiation." How To Become A Catholic by James Akin (EWTN Library) - "A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—baptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different forms." How to Become a Catholic (wikiHow) - "Becoming a Catholic, while a weighty decision, is easy in practice, although it will take time. It's easy to take your first step into joining the oldest Christian institution in the world. Take heart! Converts to Catholicism are among the strongest in their faith in all of Christianity."