Hi, guys —
I am not of the Catholic faith but I am strongly
thinking of converting. I was baptized and
confirmed into the Methodist faith as a young
boy. I regret saying, I have not been to a
church service in at least three to four years.
I was going through a rough patch in my life
and my best friend's mom knelt beside me and
prayed the Rosary. While she was praying,
I never felt so calm and at peace. I want
to have that same calm peacefulness and love
she says the Catholic Church has.
- I am 20 years old now and would like to know where
Thank you so much.
How does a 20-year old start the process of becoming a Catholic so I can have that same peace? }
Hi, Thomas —
Thanks for the question.
The best place to start is by finding a few local Catholic parishes in your area.
Since the Holy Spirit has clearly guided you up to now, let Him guide you in evaluating the various Catholic parishes in your area and go with one that you think would meet your spiritual needs and that you feel comfort with. Ask friends and family or even parishioners from the parish what they think about each parish. Call the chosen parish and tell either the secretary or pastor that you're interest in becoming Catholic and ask if you could set up an appointment with the pastor or a priest. This will given both of you a planned time where you can talk over nuances of your spiritual journey as well as finding out what ministries they have that you can participate in.
Most, if not all, new members go through a RCIA program. It allows possible new member to learn about our faith and make that final decision on whether they want to become Catholic or not.
It's important to remember, we should not become Catholic because Catholicism lines up with our personal beliefs but because we believe the Catholic Church is the truth-telling Church on issues of faith and morals.
I used to run a free program that sent Catechisms to seeking Protestants and non-Christians but no longer have the financial or operational means to do this anymore. Nevertheless, if you wish to go deeper, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as Catholics. Once you have read the Catechism,
you will probably have questions.
To resolve issues you run into, I
would recommend a few sources:
You may also find some interesting articles on my Favorites page:
Say the Rosary also. It is easy,
and Christ's Mother will guide you
to His peace.
Hi, Thomas —
We are pleased to hear you are investigating
the Catholic faith. As my colleague
the Catechism of the Catholic Church
(CCC) is a good start, though you
may want to start with YouCat,
a Catechism designed for youth and
young adults, a little splashier
and more contemporary. Or, read YouCat and
use the Catechism of the Catholic Church as
Reading conversion stories may help
you. A good series is called Surprised
by Truth, edited by Patrick Madrid.
There are three books:
- Surprised by Truth
- Surprised by Truth 2, and
- Surprised by Truth 3
Other good conversion stories are:
You are welcome to attend a Catholic
church; that might be a good thing
to do. You won't be able to receive
Communion until you are received
into the Church but you can otherwise
participate in the Mass. You might
also try Eucharistic Adoration, if
they have it at your local Catholic
Church. Put briefly, we remember
that the disciples worshiped Jesus
in his human nature, and we believe
that the Eucharist becomes the Body
and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ,
not only sacramentally, but really
present, and so we display and worship
the Eucharist as the disciples worshiped
Jesus in his human nature. You may
be moved by this form of worship
if you try it. Many saints have commended
it and testified to its power.
If you are at college, you might
want to contact the Catholic Newman
Center or chaplaincy and try to find
some Catholics your own age to hang