Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults.
A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic community of faith through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and the holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different forms.
A person who is baptized in the Catholic community becomes a Catholic at that moment. One’s initiation is deepened by Confirmation and the Eucharist. This is true for children who are baptized Catholic (and receive the other two sacraments later) and for older children and adults who are baptized, confirmed, and receive the Eucharist at the same time. Those who have been validly baptized in another Christian community become Catholics by receiving Confirmation and being formally received into the Church.
Before a person is ready to be received into the Catholic household of faith, whether by Baptism or by Confirmation, preparation is necessary. The amount and form of this preparation depends on the individual’s circumstance. The most basic division in the kind of preparation needed is between those who are unbaptized and those who have already become Christian through Baptism in another church.
We are deeply grateful to God for your discernment to be baptized and/or confirmed and are pleased to accompany you to these sacraments of full Christian initiation.