Becoming Catholic

Invitation

If you, or someone you know would like to hear more about Jesus and placing our trust in God, we invite you to join us at an Inquiry Session. Inquiry sessions DO NOT assume a commitment to join the Catholic Faith family. Inquiry sessions are opportunities to ask questions about God, Jesus, the Catholic Faith Family.All who are unbaptized, baptized into another faith denomination, or baptized Catholic but have not received Eucharist or Confirmation, are invited. Inquiry sessions are for those who wish to inquire, explore, and search for ways to grow in relationship with God.

Inquirers are invited to attend an Inquiry Session until they make a decision about becoming part of the Catholic Faith Family. If they decide to be baptized into the Catholic Faith, or to become a fully initiated member of the Catholic Faith, then they are invited to continue in the process called the Rite of Initiation of Adults (RCIA) which will lead to the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism (for those who are unbaptized), Confirmation and Eucharist.

How long does it take?

"The Rite of Christian Initiation is not a program. It is the church's way of ministering sensitively to those who seek membership. For that reason some people will need more time than others to prepare for the lifetime commitment that comes with membership in the Catholic Church. The usual length of preparation is from one to two years. For those already baptized and who seek full communion in the Catholic church, the time will also vary. It seems reasonable that catechumens or uncatechized candidates experience the yearly calendar of Catholic practice at least one time around in order to make an informed decision.

The process of spiritual renewal and catechesis should not be hasty, especially for those not accustomed to the fasts and feasts and Sundays and seasons the way Catholics observe them. The Christian Initiation of Adults must be integrated into the Easter Vigil, except in exceptional circumstances. The Reception of Baptized Christians Into The Full Communion Of The Catholic Church may take place at any Mass, whenever the candidate is ready to make a Profession of Faith and/or receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

What is the first step?

Anyone who is seriously thinking about become a Roman Catholic-Christian or who would simply like more information can call their parish office for more information. Those living in the Metuchen Diocese may also contact us at the Diocesan RCIA Office, rcia@diometuchen.org.