I Am Interested in Becoming Catholic
Everyone who walks through the front doors of the church is welcome to pray, praise, and worship at Holy Cross Catholic Church. For those non-Catholics who join us, drawing closer to God can cause a conviction to well up in the heart. That conviction leads one to say, "I want to explore becoming Catholic."
To become a member of the Catholic Church, one must be fully initiated through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion (Eucharist). These are called the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). When someone begins asking about becoming Catholic, they are an inquirer.
Offered year round, Inquiry allows you to seek answers to the questions you may be asking about the Church and the Sacraments. For information, call 336-515-3379, ext. 12.
Catechumenate — When one makes the decision to work towards the rites of Christian Initiation, they are welcomed as a member of the community and become what is called a catechumen. During this period, the study of Scripture and learning how to pray are paramount to one's preparation.
Purification and Enlightenmnet — Coinciding with the liturgical season of Lent, catechumens are "elected" or chosen as ready to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Through a special ceremony presided over by the bishop, they enter into a time of purification and enlightenment. The elect of God separate themselves in the following weeks from anything that is unbecoming of the Christian life and begin their instruction about the rites and sacraments they will receive soon.