Answering God's Call: Becoming Catholic
There are many ways that can lead a person to want to know more about the Catholic Church. Perhaps you had a conversation with someone who is Catholic or perhaps you attended an event at a Catholic Church. If you are interested in becoming Catholic or wish to know more about the Catholic faith then you are in the right place. This journey of faith can be one filled with many different circumstances, but know that it is not a journey that one takes alone.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a wonderful journey for membership and participation in the Catholic Church. It is designed for adults who, after hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed, freely desire to seek the living God and enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. The journey is one of conversion, preparation and formation which at the proper time leads towards reception of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) that are received at the Easter Vigil. If you do not already belong to a Catholic parish, please click here to find a parish near you and ask the pastor about the ‘RCIA’ process. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, 1)
Perhaps, you are already baptized as a Catholic or received a *valid baptism from another Christian denomination (Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, Anglican, Presbyterian or **Orthodox) and are seeking to prepare to make a profession of faith and full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Whatever your journey of faith is know that we are here to assist you in deepening your knowledge of the Catholic Church through prayer, formation, preparation and communal support.
If you'd like more information on the RCIA journey here at Assumption, contact Deacon Francis Materia at (201) 438-5555.
*Baptism is considered valid when a minister or priest pours water over the person to be baptized or they are immersed in water using the specific words: I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
**Eastern Christian (Orthodox): the Roman Catholic Church recognizes and accepts all sacraments as being valid.