HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A CATHOLIC?
It takes "as long as it takes." Becoming a Catholic is ongoing and is life-long commitment. The process usually takes approximately a year but may take less or more time depending on the individual.Those who wish to begin the process meet once a week and begin to attend Sunday Mass. Those who are ready to make the commitment to become members of the Catholic Church usually do so at the Easter Vigil or at other times throughout the year.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND?
By coming to inquire and finding out what is involved one is not making a commitment. During the first few months one is free to leave at any time. One may take all the time needed before making any commitment. There is no pressure and one should feel free to decide when one is ready to make such a commitment.
HOW DO I JOIN AN RCIA PROGRAM?
If you want to learn more about becoming Catholic, call St. John in Russellville at 479-967-3699. We will be holding information gatherings.
WHERE CAN I FIND GOOD RESOURCES THAT EXPLAINTHE CATHOLIC FAITH?
The Religious Education Office of the Diocese of Little Rock recommends the following resources for further study of theCatholic faith:
"Believing in Jesus: A Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith" by Leonard Foley, O.F.M. published by St. Anthony Press
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church"
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Publishers
"Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly
Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs" by Alan Schreck
published by Servant Books, Ann Arbor, MI.
"Why do Catholics ... ? A Guide to Catholic Belief and
Practice" by Sister Charlene Altemose, MSC, published by
Harcourt Religion Publishers