Becoming Catholic

becoming-catholicHave you and your family been considering becoming Catholic?

To be Catholic is to have a relationship with Christ’s Church. The Catholic Church was established by Christ when He passed His divine authority onto the first bishops, His disciples. Christ’s disciple Peter (who denied Him three times!) became the first pope, and since that day we have continued an unbroken succession of popes. Each pope ordained bishops, who themselves ordained other bishops, and every Catholic bishop can trace his authority directly back to Christ.

The word catholic (with lowercase c; derived via Late Latin catholicus, from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning “universal”) comes from the Greek phrase καθόλου (katholou), meaning “on the whole”, “according to the whole” or “in general”, and is a combination of the Greek words κατά meaning “about” and ὅλος meaning “whole”. The term Catholic (usually written with uppercase C in English) was first used to describe the Christian Church in the early 2nd century to emphasize its universal scope.

How does one “Become Catholic”? It starts with education. You must learn about the Sacraments. The Catholic Church passes down to our generation all seven sacraments:

  1. Baptism
  2. Eucharist
  3. Confirmation
  4. Reconciliation
  5. Anointing of the sick
  6. Marriage
  7. Holy orders

The Catholic education process is called “Catechesis“, using the ancient word. There’s a lot to learn, but to learn it all would take several lifetimes – so we teach you the basics and give you the tools to continue your education on your own. It’s a fun, rewarding and deeply satisfying process that will transform your life. There are so many useful, practical wisdoms available in the Church; it’s such a pity that we have turned away from them to our own peril.

RCIA

becoming-6Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) – This ministry prepares adults to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, thereby becoming fully initiated Catholics. Eligible are those who have never been baptized, baptized in another denomination, or baptized Catholic but never catechized.

  • 19 years of age or older AND never baptized OR
  • baptized in another denomination OR
  • baptized Catholic but no other sacraments OR
  • baptized Catholic but no Confirmation

Contact: Muriel at mrabideau@sacredheartprescott.com

CIC

Christian Initiation of Children (CIC) – This ministry prepares young people ages seven through high school to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, thereby becoming fully initiated Catholics. Eligible are those who have never been baptized, baptized in another denomination or baptized Catholic but never catechized. The CIC program is family centered and multi-age, with parents attending all classes with their children.

  • never baptized and second grade to age 17 OR
  • baptized in another denomination and second grade to age 17 OR
  • baptized Catholic and no religious education and 3rd grade to age 17 (exception: Second grade accepted if parent is
  • in RCIA or older siblings in CIC for convenience of family)

Contact: Muriel at mrabideau@sacredheartprescott.com

More

  • Light of the World Retreats (Coming Soon)
  • Learn more about our faith (Coming Soon)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School (Coming Soon)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Preschool (Coming Soon)
  • Youth Ministry for Middle School (Edge) (Coming Soon)
  • Youth Ministry for High School (LifeTeen) (Coming Soon)
  • Young Adult Ministry (Coming Soon)
  • Infant Baptism Class (Coming Soon)
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Coming Soon)
  • Never baptized and first grade or younger (not for infants) (Coming Soon)
  • Baptized Catholic and no religious education and age 3 through second grade (Coming Soon)
  • Baptized Catholic, and celebrated First Communion and needs Confirmation and in grades 3 through 5

Contact Lisa at Lbaynes@sacredheartprescott.com