We are so pleased that you have an interest in becoming Catholic. The Catholic Church is a community of believers who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and strive to live out our faith in our daily lives.
As you begin your journey of faith, we encourage you to learn more about the Catholic Church and its teachings. We recommend that you attend Mass regularly, read the Bible, and pray. Additionally, we would be happy to provide you with resources and answer any questions you may have.
We also invite you to participate in the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA), a process through which interested individuals learn about the Catholic faith and prepare for full membership in the Church. OCIA classes typically begin in the fall.
Please know that we are here to support you and walk with you on your faith journey. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Catholic Church, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For those who are unbaptized, the OCIA process begins with the period of inquiry, during which individuals learn about the Catholic faith and consider whether they would like to become Catholic. This period typically lasts for several months, and may include participation in an introductory course on Catholicism, as well as regular meetings with a sponsor or mentor who can answer questions and provide guidance.
After the period of inquiry, those who are interested in becoming Catholic enter the catechumenate, a period of intensive instruction and formation in the Catholic faith. This period typically lasts for several months, and may include participation in regular classes, prayer groups, and other activities. During this time, catechumens are also encouraged to attend Mass and other liturgical celebrations, and to begin to live their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Church.
At the end of the catechumenate, those who are ready to make a commitment to the Catholic faith are invited to participate in the sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. These sacraments are celebrated during the Easter Vigil, and mark the completion of the OCIA process.
For those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition, the OCIA process is also the process for becoming Catholic by coming into Full Communion with the universal Church. These individuals are known as candidates. Candidates may be asked to provide proof of their baptism, and to participate in a period of instruction and formation that is tailored to their specific needs.
After completing the OCIA process, candidates are received into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil, at which they may make a profession of faith and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist. This marks their entry into full communion with the Catholic Church, and their participation in all the rights and responsibilities of Catholic life.
Overall, the OCIA process is a journey of faith and conversion that is intended to help individuals become Catholic and to grow in their relationship with God. It is a process that is guided by the Holy Spirit, and that is open to people of all backgrounds and beliefs. Whether you are unbaptized, or have been baptized in another Christian tradition, the OCIA process can help you to become Catholic and to live your faith in a deeper and more meaningful way.