How do I become a Catholic?

It is wonderful that you are exploring the Catholic Faith! If you are thinking of making the exciting step of becoming a Catholic, here is what to do next.

Find a community

The best way to start is by finding your local Catholic community. This will help to give you an idea of what normal Catholic life can look like and connect you to Catholic friends and families. Through experiencing the local church, you should find people who support you on your faith journey.

Find your local church

Try praying

It is important to know that becoming Catholic is not just about following teachings but also having an ongoing relationship with God. To grow in this, you could learn more about Jesus by reading the Bible, and it would be wise to start to explore prayer.

This is how Jesus tells us how to pray:

‘when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.’ Matthew 6:6

The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is a period of instruction prior to being received into the Church that people go through so that they can better understand Catholic beliefs. This is offered to small groups in some parishes, or there may be some preparation delivered on a one-to-one basis. When you are ready, you can contact your local church to see what they offer.

If you are already Christian

If you previously belonged to a Christian Church, you may need less instruction. If you have been baptised in a different Christian tradition, you are invited to the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) with a priest before being confirmed as a Catholic and receiving Holy Communion.