Welcome to the Journey
In his weekly general audiences in 2006 and 2007, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the lives of the apostles. In doing so, the Pope painted a picture of the apostles who were very much human and also very much searching for a deeper connection with God. Each one had to leave behind what was known in their lives and embark on a new journey with Jesus. This journey involved taking risks, trusting in God, and being open to change and conversion. When the journey was over, this ragtag group of individuals had become a true community of faith, hope, and charity. The Church was born.
Perhaps you find yourself in a similar situation. You are searching for meaning in life. You hear Jesus’ call to “come and follow me.” You desire closeness and intimacy with God. You want to be a part of a community of faith. You have come to the right place!
The Catholic Church welcomes your interest in the Church. The initiation process has been a blessing for the Church. Those in the Catholic faith community speak of the renewal of their own faith as they witness those engaged in the initiation process prepare to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.
Beginning the Journey
For many people interested in becoming Catholic or entering into full communion with the Catholic Church, the process can be somewhat confusing or intimidating. After all, this is a major decision in one’s life. The decision to join the Church is exciting and will lead to a deepening of personal faith and relationship to God, others, and self. No matter what has brought you here, the fact that you are interested in taking the next step shows your openness to God and God’s call in your life. Many people have come through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program and are living lives of service, faith, and love. Perhaps you are asking where to begin the journey. Your next step is to contact your local Catholic parish. Most parishes have an RCIA coordinator who would be happy to help you move ahead in your discernment process. Also feel free to contact the pastor and arrange a meeting to discuss your desire to become a full member of the Catholic Church. In many parishes the RCIA program begins in the Fall and includes a series of weekly meetings.