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“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you…”
Different people inquire about the Catholic Church for different reasons. It may begin when one wonders about God, or hears something about the Catholic Church and wants answers. It could begin after seeing the way some dedicated Catholics strive to live out the faith. It could begin when a person has been married to his/her spouse for some period of time and wants to know more about the Catholic Faith. At any rate, the search for a deeper knowledge of God begins in different ways for different people.
It is important to know that God calls each us to Himself in different ways, and it is the thought of the Church, as expressed in the liturgical rites (ceremonial aspects) that we do not become a Catholic-Christian because of our beliefs. Rather, our entrance into the Catholic Church is our response to a call from God, which is so much more profound, so much greater, than any choice I could make!
After this initial wonder, one often begins to desire a deeper relationship with our Lord, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). Often, a person will have more questions about the Catholic Church, wants to find the answers and enters into the inquiry classes that accompany the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.
Prayer, reflection, individual study and participation in the life of the church are all involved in the Rite. Thus, this is not only a time to gain knowledge about the teachings of the Catholic Church, but also a time for personal conversion (which we all need in some form!)
The process culminates with the Rites of the Church, which often take place during the season of Lent. Those who seek to embrace their calling to follow Christ more deeply as a Catholic are accepted to the status of Elect through a ceremony with the bishop. The rites continue (usually at parish Masses) through Lent and culminate with reception into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.
Those who have not been baptized will be baptized, receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and will receive their first Holy Communion. They will enter the waters of baptism and come forth as a new creation. Those who have been baptized in non-Catholic Christian traditions will be Confirmed, and will receive their first Communion. Sometimes a Catholic who has fallen away from the Church, and has formally renounced the Church. This is truly a time for the entire Church to rejoice.