Often people attend Mass at Visitation B.V.M. Church for several years, but do not register with the parish. Others delay registering until they are asked to be a godparent or Confirmation sponsor, would like to have their own child baptized, or would like to schedule a wedding or a funeral at the parish. Registering in a parish is a declaration of your desire to be part of a Catholic community. If you are not currently a member of our parish and live within the parish boundaries, we invite you to consider registering with us and making a commitment to the life of Visitation B.V.M. Church. Register at the Rectory, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 4pm. If these times are not convenient please call the rectory office to make an appointment for a convenient time.
For further information please call Mary Pat Reuther (Parish Manager) at 610-539-5572, firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Become a Catholic
Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic.
A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—baptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different forms.
A person who is baptized in the Catholic Church becomes a Catholic at that moment. One’s initiation is deepened by confirmation and the Eucharist, but one becomes a Catholic at baptism. This is true for children who are baptized Catholic (and receive the other two sacraments later) and for adults who are baptized, confirmed, and receive the Eucharist at the same time.
Those who have been validly baptized outside the Church become Catholics by making a profession of the Catholic faith and being formally received into the Church. This is normally followed immediately by confirmation and the Eucharist.
Before a person is ready to be received into the Church, whether by baptism or by profession of faith, preparation is necessary. The amount and form of this preparation depends on the individual’s circumstance. The most basic division in the kind of preparation needed is between those who are unbaptized and those who have already become Christian through baptism in another church.
For adults and children who have reached the age of reason (age seven), entrance into the Church is governed by the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). if you are interested in learning more on becoming a Catholic, please contact Sister Diane Marie at 610-539-6080, opt. 6 or email: email@example.com.