Becoming a Catholic

Becoming a Catholic

Faith is a treasure – Jesus called it ‘a pearl of great price’. Rather than a set of rules, or cultural beliefs, it is an encounter with the living Christ who wants to know us, love us, and share with us his life, his peace.

How do I become a Catholic?
When someone wants to become a Catholic, the normal procedure is to make an appointment to go and see your local Catholic priest. You can try and get him after Sunday Mass, but he might be busy then, so it is probably better to try to see him after a weekday mass or to telephone him to make an appointment. When you do see him, he will make you welcome, and invite you to talk about your desire to become a Catholic.

What happens next depends partly on local circumstances, partly on how much faith background you have and of what type. Like many parishes, we have a small group of Catholics and “enquirers” meeting together once a week for several months or longer to explore what being a Catholic means. At the end of this process, known as the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) those who wish and are ready become Catholics, usually at Easter.

You are welcome to begin attending Mass at your local Catholic Church whenever you wish, though you would not be able to receive communion yet. If St. Brigid's is your local church, we would be delighted to welcome you!

You are free to approach any priest anywhere, but it makes sense to go to your local Church, which will be most convenient for you if you do decide to become a Catholic.

God is love incarnate (in human form). That is the Good News which is freely given to all. It’s a life changing reality. Are you ready to dip your toe in the water? Intrigued? Want to know more?