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Q. I would like to know more about the Catholic Church with the possibility of becoming a Roman Catholic. What reading material would you recommend?Return to Table of Contents
A. I recommend any of the followings so you can become familiar with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
1. You may wish to read some of Bible Courses on this website, especially those on the Sacraments such as "Baptism" and "Confession."
2. You may wish to register for one or two of Fr. Oscar Lukefahr's Free Catholic Bible Courses by correspondence. He has the course "We Believe, A Survey Of The Catholic Faith" which summarizes the teachings of the Catholic Faith. And he has "Surprised By Truth" in which 11 Converts give the Biblical and historical reasons as to why they became Catholics.
3. You may wish to read some of the homilies on this website, especially those related to the Body and Blood of Christ, the Immaculate Conception, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Christian Initiation sermons of April, 2000 and other ones of your choice.
4. You may wish to read part or all of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It contains all the teachings of the Catholic Church. The book can be purchased for about $ 10.00 in any Catholic Book Stores. It has an excellent index for you to choose the topic on which you would like to read.
Q. I want to convert to the Roman Catholic Church. What should I do?Return to Table of Contents
A. Under "Churches," look for the Catholic Church listing in the yellow pages of your telephone directory. Contact the Pastor of one of listed Roman Catholic Church. You will be advised that you must partipate in the R.C.I.A. (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program and will be put in contact with whoever coordinates the program. For information about the nature of the program, Click here.In summary, through the R.C.I.A. program, you will participate on a weekly basis in a program that will make you familiar with the Catholic liturgy, this leading to you receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion at Easter time. The program is just about one year long.
Q. I am 11 years old and I would like to become a Catholic. What do I have to do?Return to Table of Contents
A. To do so, you require the permission of your parents. If they are not Catholic and they do not want to convert to the Catholic Faith, you will have to wait until you reach the legal age of your country, at which time you will be free to choose the religion of your choice.
If your parents are Catholic, have them contact the Pastor of the local Church to discuss the matter with them. The priest will instruct your parents as to what must be done. You will have to participate in the program R.C.I.C. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children)
Q. I am not Catholic. But, I would like my children to be baptized as Catholics. How do I achieve this goal?Return to Table of Contents
A. It cannot be done. The first requirement is that you as a parent become Catholic. This is necessary because as a parent, you will have to promise to raise your children in the Catholic Faith. In order to raise your children in the Catholic Faith, you must be a Catholic, know the Catholic Faith and practice the Catholic Faith as an example to your children.
Some people are under the impression that they can get godparents (sponsors) who are Catholic so their children can be baptized in the Catholic Faith. The role of the godparents (sponsors) is to ensure that the children will be raised in the Catholic Faith should the Catholic parents of the children die before they reach their legal age. Also, in cases where the Catholic parents neglect their duties as Catholic parents, the godparents (sponsors) are obligated to remind them of their promise before God and the Church, at the time of the baptism of the children, that they would raise their children in the Catholic Faith as living examples in Christlikeness.
If you are serious about having your children baptized as Catholics and raised as Catholics, I recommend that you consider becoming a Catholic. If the Catholic Faith is the choice of religion for your children, it should also be your choice.