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How to Become a Catholic

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My grandmother was a born Catholic but I was raised and baptized as a Baptist.  I am feeling drawn to the Catholic faith but do not know how to proceed.  What should I do?

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Technically when people say they were “born” Catholic, what they really mean is that they were baptized in the Church as infants. It is nice that you want to share your grandmother’s faith, but the discernment requires both study and prayer. If you are already baptized (using the Trinitarian formula) you would likely be formally received into the Catholic Church and receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation. The process begins with contacting your local Catholic Church. The pastor may meet with you and it is likely you would be signed up for instruction classes beginning in the fall. The process most Catholic churches follow is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  Meanwhile you can get a head start by taking the faith formation course offered by the Knights of Columbus:

http://www.kofc.org/en/cis/faith-formation-course.html

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