Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process and steps to becoming Catholic.
A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—baptism, confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different forms.
A person who is baptized in the Catholic Church becomes a Catholic at that moment. One’s initiation is deepened by confirmation and the Eucharist, but one becomes a Catholic at baptism. This is true for children who are baptized Catholic (and receive the other two sacraments later) and for adults who are baptized, confirmed, and receive the Eucharist at the same time.
The truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith is more than 2,000 years old… dating back directly to Christ commissioning the Apostles and naming Peter, our patron, the first Pope.
As Catholics, we experience the fullness of God’s intimacy with man: the Eucharistic Feast, or as we call it: Holy Mass. This Tradition, started on Holy Thursday when Christ’s Last Supper was held, has been re-lived everyday for 2,000 years by Saints and sinners alike.
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