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K. wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a 16-year-old girl from the United States. Most of my family is Baptist or Methodist but lately I have been drawn to Catholicism. I want to become a Catholic but I have no idea how to begin.

My questions are:

  • Is there any set path to becoming a Catholic?
  • Do I have to be baptized, as a Catholic, if I have already been baptized before, in a Baptist church?
  • Do I have to be a member of a Catholic Church to begin praying to the saints?

Thank you greatly for reading my questions and taking the time to answer.

K.

  { How does a 16-year-old become Catholic; do I need to be baptized and can I pray to the saints? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear K,

Happy Easter!

There are two ways to become Catholic.

  1. The main one is to join the Rite of Christian Initiation program at the parish nearest you, and join with others in the process of learning and preparation to make your profession of faith, be confirmed, and receive the Eucharist. This process culminates in Holy Week of next year, and probably begins in September. You can do this at your age, with your parents' permission, or when you are eighteen.

  2. The other way is to take instruction in the faith from a priest and enter the Church as an individual, rather than with the RCIA group at Easter. If you have been baptized in a denomination that uses the words,

    "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

    you do not have to be rebaptized.

You can pray to saints whenever you wish! I would start with the most important saint, Jesus' Mother, because she specializes in helping people come closer to Jesus.

Mike Humphrey, our Web Administrator, use to run a free program that sent Catechisms to seeking Protestants and non-Christians but no longer has the financial or operational means to do this anymore. Nevertheless, if you wish to go deeper, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as faithful Catholics.

Mary Ann

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