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Ricardo Quillen wrote:

Hi, guys —

Hi my name is R.J. and I am 16 years old. I grew up in a somewhat Christian home but we never attend church and I never really considered myself a Christian.

I woke up today and I can't explain it but I feel a need to join the Catholic Church.

It's been running through my head non-stop and I feel it may be a calling from God.
I am not baptized and I would just like some information about joining.

Ricardo

  { I woke up today with this very strong desire to join the Catholic Church. How can I learn more? }

Mary Ann replied:

Well, RJ, God calls people in many ways.

The first thing to do is pray. God wants to be in a close relationship with you.

The second thing to do is to talk to a priest. Not being baptized is not a problem.

"Joining" is a process that happens in a parish community, and it involves study, prayer and support from others.

You might want to buy a Catechism of the Catholic Church and start reading it.

We will pray for you.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Dear Richardo,

Thanks for your interest in the Church. There are several ways we can help.

You can check out my favorites page. It has some great commentaries ... yeah, by me :)

We also have a specific section on our FAQ page, that addresses your question:

How do I become Catholic and related questions.

What you have described in your e-mail is definitely a calling from the Holy Spirit. I'm not saying that because I'm a Catholic, but because we have received similar e-mails from questioners saying similar things.

I will keep your spiritual journey in my prayers.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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