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Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Cherry, IL

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Becoming Catholic

If becoming Catholic is something that you find yourself considering and want to explore further, start by attending a Catholic mass and possibly talking with members or a priest about the church.  Many churches offer group meetings for people who are seriously interested in joining the Catholic church.  It may also help to read about Catholic doctrine in order to understand the basic meaning of being Catholic.


Once you decide that joining the Catholic church is something that you would like to pursue, you will find that there will be many people to assist and mentor you in your journey.  A large faith community and one that has a prominent presence throughout the world will welcome you.


To begin the process of becoming Catholic you will enter into a period of Catechumenate and be referred to as a catechumen.  If you have already been baptized into another denomination of Christianity, you will be referred to as a candidate instead.  This period usually last less than one year, but can last for many years.  You will attend classes and a sponsor will also be assigned as your spiritual guide.


You will then participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  This is a formal program when you are formally admitted into the Church and prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. The rite of election usually occurs on the first Sunday of Lent.  As a new convert into the Catholic faith you will be known as a Neophyte and will be considered a full member of the Church.  This period will last for one year after conversion throughout the next Easter season.  The RCIA is a spiritually moving process beneficial to the whole parish community.


Please email Father Pat at Cherry Holy Trinity at frpat.fixsen@gmail.com and he can start you on your way!