Becoming Catholic?

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

How do I find out about Catholicism?
If you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith, one of the best ways is to contact a parish near you and speak with the pastor and parish staff.  You can also explore the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the official summary of our faith.

What if I think I want to become Catholic?
The first step in the process is to get connected with a local parish. Ask Catholic friends and neighbors about their parish. Visit some near your home. Go to Mass and talk with other parishioners. Parish priests will be happy to talk with you about becoming Catholic. Please remember that Sunday is a very busy time for them however, and it may be best to make an appointment to see them during the week.

If you decide that you want to become Catholic, you will participate in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA as it is sometimes referred to. In RCIA you will learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them on and also have the opportunity to participate in the life of the parish through service and prayer.

What is initiation into the Catholic Church?
If you have not been baptized, the Christian initiation process prepares you to become a Catholic Christian through the sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Communion.

If you have been baptized in another Christian church, the initiation process prepares you to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the Sacraments of Confirmation and Communion.

We are glad that you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. We’ve tried to answer the most frequently asked questions about the process. If you need more information, please contact the Office of Evangelization via email at tbaldwin@dioceseofcleveland.org by phone at 216-696-6525, ext. 2540 or toll free at 800-869-6525, ext. 2540.