Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I find out about Catholicism?
- I want to become Catholic. Where do I start?
- I'm a baptized Catholic. Is RCIA for me?
- How long does it take to become a Catholic?
- What if I change my mind?
- How do I find a Catholic parish near me?
You can start by reading the Catholic teaching overview on our website. From there, please talk to a parish priest and let him know that you would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith.
We believe that God calls everyone to live in the freedom of the Good News that Jesus proclaimed, and to become His disciples as members of the Catholic Church.
If you would like to join the Catholic Church, we would recommend that you contact a Parish priest who will ask you to participate in a process called the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" (RCIA).
If you have been baptized as an infant, but have not received further formal instruction in the Catholic Faith or the sacraments of Confirmation or the Eucharist, the RCIA is indeed for you.
If you are a fully initiated Catholic and wish to deepen your faith, speak to your local parish priest about opportunities for ongoing Adult Faith Education.
The process of becoming a Catholic is a journey of growth and discovery involving the mind and the heart, and so takes time. The Christian initiation process can last for a series of months, depending on the individual. Participants typically meet once or twice per week; this includes participation in the liturgical life of the Church. Each parish initiation schedule will vary.
You are not making any commitment by simply inquiring about Catholicism, or by starting the Christian initiation process. While we hope that others will want to become Catholic, we also want people to take the time to think, free from pressure, so that when they are ready to join the Church, there will be no doubts about the decision they are making.
If you do not want to continue, or feel that "now is not the time," your decision will be respected completely.
To find a parish near you, use our Parish Finder tool.
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