Christian Initiation

 
 

Converting from Protestantism

Drifted Away from the Church

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Are you looking for answers?

  • Are you looking for meaning in your life?

  • Do you want to be a better parent?

  • Do you want to be a better spouse?

  • Do you want the sense of peace and fulfillment that you've seen in others?

  • Do you want to be a part of something bigger?

Over the years I've had the honor of walking with many people on this journey.  Their answers to this question have been varied.  For some it's been, "I just see something in a friend (or relative) that seems special.  I want that." or, "I want to be part of something bigger than mself."  Sometimes they've experienced a loss and are looking for meaning.  Maybe they were looking for answers to questions about life.  Regardless of the answer, we were all looking for something "more".  And we all found it in the Catholic Church.  So I repeat the question, "What do you ask of God's Church?"

How does this happen?

The process can be summed up in two words, relationship and apprenticeship.

Relationship
We gather to learn more about Christ, about the Church, about each other, and about ourselves. We focus on relationship rather than scholarship.

Apprenticeship
Conversion is a verb. It means more than a change of mind or even a change of heart. It means a change of actions. Rather than depending totally on classes to tell you what the Church believes, you will be given opportunities to be with the community to learn and experience how the Church reflects those beliefs.

What is the Process?

Inquiry
During the inquiry period you'll have an opportunity to see if a relationship with Christ and His Church is something that you want.  It's an opportunity to hear the "Good News of Christ".  Then you will be able to respond to that call.

Catechumenate
As you respond to the good news (the Gospel of Christ), you'll grow deeper into relationship with Christ.  You'll be given opportunities to walk with others as they apprentice with you into discipleship.

Purification and Enlightenment
The period just before receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Communion is a time of reflection of what you're gaining and what you may want to leave behind on the journey.

Mystagogy
Mystagogy is a time of opening up the mysteries of Christ.  It's officially a one year "honeymoon" but in reality, it takes a lifetime to unwrap all the gifts that you've received.

 
 
 

If you are looking to join the Catholic Faith, please contact the parish office at 209-823-7197 or email the following:

Dave Corder, Adult Faith Formation • david@st-anthonys.org