Post # 1
It’s official. I’ve started the process of converting to a catholic. The first night wasn’t what I was expecting but I think it will get better. Basically we sat around and each person told people why they were there. Some people were there because they want their childrent to go to a catholic church, some people are there for marriage like me, and others were there because something significant happened in there life and it brought them to the catholic church!
They called it a journey and not a conversion. I’m not sure if it’s much more than a conversion for me.
It will be very interesting to see how this goes and I hope to update this in hopes it will help anyone else who is considering to convert.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Very exciting! I hope your initiation (is that what it’s called?) goes well! Many blessings to you and your fiance!
Post # 4
Congrats! I hope you like it. I went through RCIA too (two years ago now) and my classes were okay. It was run by two priests and a layperson. Two of them were really good speakers and the other was a little more boring. So if your classes do not turn out to be all you ever hoped and dreamed of, I hope you don’t interpret that as a reflection on the church as a whole. I actually found my own reading to be more valuable to me than RCIA classes. If you’re interested in books, check out anything by Scott Hahn (the first I’d start with is Rome Sweet Home, which is about his own conversion). He has a warm and very readable style. I look forward to hearing how it goes for you.
Post # 5
Congrats, tifnicole! Like chelseamorning, I started RCIA two years ago, too. I was confirmed in the Catholic church at Easter, 2008. I think RCIA is a really cool process, and I really enjoyed my classes. I hope you have a positive experience, too. 🙂 Keep us updated on your progress; in my experience, WB has a very supportive Catholic community. Good luck!
Post # 6
Congratulations on the first steps of your journey. I’m actually very excited for you. The reason why some were saying that being Catholic is a journey as opposed to a conversion is the following:
Conversion takes time. It does not happen, and then you are done. As Catholics, we strive towards a conversion of heart, on a daily basis. Each and every day, we should try to become a better version of ourselves. There will be times when we fall, and sometimes fall back pretty hard, but if the goal is to have the conversion every single day… to become a better person… then it becomes out life long journey.
GOD BLESS you always, along this journey, and I’ll be praying for you…
Post # 7
I’m starting my RCIA classes in October and will be confirmed on Easter (a month before our wedding). I’m doing it for marriage and the fact that I want our children (you know, the kids we’ll have some day) to be raised Catholic not because he’s Catholic, but because we both are. Also, it’s a great community to be a part of. 🙂 Good luck, I look forward to hearing how your experience goes so I can compare it with my own. 😉
Post # 8
My SO is starting soon as well…I hope you find your classes interesting and thought-provoking, and that it comes to mean more to you than just a change-of-title. I’d definitely recommend Rome Sweet Home as well…a wonderful story, and so easy to read!
Post # 9
My Fiance started RCIA two weeks ago. So far, it has been a good experience. He is the only person in the class, so it is very informal. The woman that gives it is a Nun. Each class is typically an hour (after Sunday mass) and they read other parts of the Gospel that weren’t mentioned during mass. Then they discuss their thoughts on the gospel and its message. After that, she talks about some aspect of the church and gives him a pamplet.
Fiance was baptized Catholic, but never received any other sacraments. His mother was a rebel and refused to send him to ccd. He thought about doing it in college, but never got to it. (which makes sense…why would a 20 something year old stud in college do that?! haha) Now he is doing it becase he hash always wanted to, attends church with me, and thinks it will be good for him. We are getting married in two months, so unfortunately he will be able to receive communion at our wedding :(. He couldn’t do it last year because we moved around.
I attend every class with him. I do it because I am there, so I might as well stay! Also, I think it is great because it will help strengthen my faith as well! Plus, he will need a sponsor.
Post # 10
That’s awesome! I started my classes abut 2 weeks ago! My classes are every Tuesday 7-9ish. FI just went with me to last weeks class but he won’t be able to go ne more due to his job schedule. I,like others here, started class for marriage and also so my boys can grow up Catholic
Post # 11
I start mine on the 18th. How do you pick a sponsor? Is everyone else using their fiance as a sponsor?
Post # 12
I’ve considered this… My FI is Catholic & I’m heavily involved in my church, but where he lives (and where I will soon live) my church is 4 hours away. 🙁
We’ve agreed that our future children will go to catholic school, so I thought about converting to make it easier on our kids… but ahhh! It’s a scary thought to just change my religious beliefs that I’ve had since I was a baby!
I’m interested in hearing more about your experience with the parish & your classes 🙂
Post # 13
@ Miss Carmel – I used my fiance as a sponsor, but it’s really up to you. Having my fiance as my sponsor was really special for me because we were able to have a lot of conservations about religion/beliefs. It brought us a lot closer.
I know in our parish there is a list of volunteers who will sponsor a person if he/she doesn’t have anyone else. I did my RCIA at a Catholic college, so a lot of people used friends or classmates for their sponsors, but a few also used relatives. I think it’s a matter of picking someone you feel comfortable with and confident in spiritually. Your sponsor should be the person who helps you with questions outside the RCIA classes and who supports you in practising the faith (i.e. going to Mass, reading the Bible, praying, living morally, etc…).
Post # 14
Oh wow, I just started too!!!
I missed the first 2 classes, but it seems that a lot of folks had a rock on their hand. Me too, but I’ve always wanted to convert, with or without a ring.
So far people have been super duper supportive and I’m happy to start it all. There are multiple team members, with a lot who just completed RCIA just the year prior.
Do keep posting about your experience!
Post # 15
@ Mrs. Spring – I’ve thought about using my fiance as my sponsor (everyone has told us that he should be my sponsor because it makes it more meaningful for both of us), but I’ve thought about using someone else as my sponsor because I want this to be more about God than our wedding and I know that we’ll be having the faith conversations just because it’s going to be such a new experience for me. Before we were engaged and I was wanting to convert I was considering asking FFIL but I like knowing that the church has volunteers that I can pick as a sponsor instead. 🙂
I’ll be doing my RCIA at a Newman center so there will be peeps the same age range as myself. Is anyone else doing RCIA through a Newman Center?
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios
@ Miss Carmel, Tifnichole, moonie, MzThrowbac2b
Oh Happy Day! I will keep you in my prayers over your long journey to Easter Vigil!
@Bluebonnet, Miss SeaSpray,
Lots of love going to your SO/FI too!