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How does a person become a Catholic?

Most members of the Roman Catholic Church are baptised as infants. They grow up in Catholic homes, receive formal religious education and gradually come to share in the full sacramental life of the Church.

Others - some of whom who were previously baptised in other Christian traditions, and others who may not have any previous attachment to any Church - become Catholics after making a solemn profession of faith, receiving Confirmation and sharing Eucharist with the Catholic community. The process by which adults become members of the catholic Church is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and tries to provide an appropriate spiritual formation according to each personís need. The RCIA process encourages an ongoing conversion to Jesus Christ and the reign of God he proclaimed. RCIA provides a structure for the proclamation of the Gospel, catechesis (passing on the teachings of the Church), public and private prayer, spiritual direction, the observance of the feasts, fasts, Sundays and seasons of the Church calendar and direct contact with members of the parish community.


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