Becoming Catholic

I'm thinking about becoming a Catholic Christian, or I know someone who is. How do I get more information?

The Office for Pastoral Care & Worship provides information and formation for members of the St. Thomas community who are interested in becoming Catholic. Those interested may be from another Christian tradition, another religious tradition, or have no religious background. Since people come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, we work to find the best way to help you learn more about the Catholic faith and to discern where God is calling you. For more information, please contact Fr. James-Peter Trares, OP (frtrares@stthomas.edu or 651-962-6570).

What does the process of becoming Catholic entail?

Ordinarily, those interested would gather weekly on Sundays during the academic year (starting in October) from 9 to 10:30 am (before the 11 am Mass) to pray, learn, and discuss with a group the fundamental Catholic beliefs and practices. We follow the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of prayer and discernment preparing people for initiation into the Catholic Church through the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Early in the autumn, anyone is welcome to come and learn more, no commitment necessary. As we proceed closer to Easter, those serious about moving forward enter a period of more formal and intense formation for the sacraments.

What if I was baptized Catholic but was never confirmed, or have been away from the Church?

Depending on your situation, you may find it helpful to attend the Sunday meetings with those becoming Catholic, or you may need something different. We’ll work with you to find what works best for you given your familiarity with the Catholic tradition.

What if I'm a practicing Catholic and want to get involved?

Welcoming others to our Church is a job for the whole community. You would be most welcome to help as you are able, sharing your faith, experiences, and gifts with others. It may also be an opportunity for you to grow in your Catholic faith.