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3 STEPS TO BECOMING A CATHOLIC

3 STEPS TO BECOMING A CATHOLIC

3 steps to becoming a Catholic
Candidate receiving the sacraments of confirmation

Glory to Jesus; Honour to Mary and Joseph

Who is a Catholic?

A anyone that practices the Catholic faith is a Catholic. These sacraments and other forms the basics of rituals of the church

What are sacraments of the church

There are seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. They are essential for salvation and living the life that Christ intended us to live. Of these seven, only three important Sacraments that initiate an individual and welcome him or her into the family of Christ –

  • Baptism,
  • Communion, and
  • Confirmation.

“Baptism is the foundation of the Sacrament of initiation and frees one from original sin”.

“Confirmation is the second Sacrament of initiation.  this is a ritual that signifies strengthening of one’s faith”.

“Communion is the third and in this Catholics partake the Body and Blood of Christ to be a part of his sacrifice”.

These three Sacraments serve to

  • confirm,
  • strengthen, and
  • increase one’s faith and closeness with the community of Christ.

Baptism

Derived from the Greek word, bapto or baptizo, baptism means to wash or immerse. The ritual of Baptism symbolizes the washing away of sins and cleansing the soul by immersing it in water. Baptism is an important Sacrament and being baptized is an important part of being initiated into the family of the Catholic Church. Water baptism is an act of obedience and represents forgiveness and unity with Christ and the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

First Holy Communion

The First Holy Communion is the first reception of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The age must be around 8 or 9. The garment worn is white. it symbolizes purity and newness.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the completion of the process of initiation into the family of Christ and is preceded by Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. It is one of the 7 Sacraments of Catholicism. Confirmation involves being responsible for one’s faith and actions and is a coming-of-age ceremony. Confirmation is performed by the Bishops. He lays his hands on the candidate. A new name that must be a saint is giving and registered into the diary of the church.

Conclusion

\These three Sacraments are all part of the initiation of an individual into Christ and the Church. Solemn and meaningful, the rites, rituals, and ceremonies of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation all serve to bring a person closer to Christ, help him or her to understand the responsibility of being a Christian, and lead a life of faith

The difference between a Catholic and a Roman Catholic?

The difference between a Catholic and a Roman Catholic?

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What is Catholic?

The term “catholic” simply means “universal,” and when employing it in those early days, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Polycarp of Smyrna were referring to the Church that was already “everywhere,” as distinguished from whatever sects, schisms or splinter groups might have grown up here and there, in opposition to the Catholic Church.

The term was already understood even then to be an especially fitting name because the Catholic Church was for everyone, not just for adepts, enthusiasts or the specially initiated who might have been attracted to her.

Again, it was already understood that the Church was “catholic” because — to adopt a modern expression — she possessed the fullness of the means of salvation. She also was destined to be “universal” in time as well as in space, and it was to her that applied the promise of Christ to Peter and the other apostles that “the powers of death shall not prevail” against her (Mt 16:18).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church in our own day has concisely summed up all the reasons why the name of the Church of Christ has been the Catholic Church: “The Church is catholic,” the Catechism teaches, “[because] she proclaims the fullness of the faith. She bears in herself and administers the totality of the means of salvation. She is sent out to all peoples. She speaks to all men. She encompasses all times. She is ‘missionary of her very nature'” (no. 868)

What is Roman Catholic?

The term Roman Catholic is not used by the Church herself; it is a relatively modern term, and one, moreover, that is confined largely to the English language. The English-speaking bishops at the First Vatican Council in 1870, in fact, conducted a vigorous and successful campaign to insure that the term Roman Catholic was nowhere included in any of the Council’s official documents about the Church herself, and the term was not included.

Similarly, nowhere in the 16 documents of the Second Vatican Council will you find the term Roman Catholic. Pope Paul VI signed all the documents of the Second Vatican Council as “I, Paul. Bishop of the Catholic Church.” Simply that — Catholic Church. There are references to the Roman curia, the Roman missal, the Roman rite, etc., but when the adjective Roman is applied to the Church herself, it refers to the Diocese of Rome!

Lets take the Cardinals, for example, are called cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, but that designation means that when they are named to be cardinals they have thereby become honorary clergy of the Holy Father’s home diocese, the Diocese of Rome. Each cardinal is given a titular church in Rome, and when the cardinals participate in the election of a new pope. they are participating in a process that in ancient times was carried out by the clergy of the Diocese of Rome

Do Catholics Now Believe in Cremations?

Do Catholics Now Believe in Cremations?

Catholics do not believe in cremation per se, however, if an individual has stated to be cremated and its according to guidelines published by the Church, then it will be permitted.

According to Catholic teachings, to honor the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, burial in a cemetery or other sacred place is “above all the most fitting way to express faith and hope in the resurrection of the body,” the Vatican statement reads. Burial in a sacred place also allows family and other loved ones to pray for and remember the dead, according to the statement.

When did Catholics Started Accepting Cremation?

The guidelines, released today (Oct. 25), state that a person’s ashes must be kept in a sacred place, not in a home or other domestic residence, and should not be scattered or divvied up in any way.

Is cremation allowed in the Catholic Church?

Cremation is allowed in the church. Yes. Catholics believe that the soul is immortal and does not depend on the physical body. Since cremation of the deceased’s remains does not affect his or her soul, according to the Church, there are no doctrinal objections to the practice.

What is the Catholic stance on cremation?

The guidelines are not meant to suggest that the Catholic Church now prefers cremation over burial of the body, as that isn’t the case. In fact, they stem from earlier burial instructions published in 1963, when the Holy Office established “Piam et Constantem,” which established that Catholics should be buried with reverence and that cremation wasn’t “opposed per se to the Christian religion.” As such, those who were cremated could still receive the sacraments and funeral rites as long as their decision to be cremated was not an indication of their “denial of Christian dogmas, the animosity of a secret society, or hatred of the Catholic religion and the Church,” the “Piam et Constantem” read  according to a statement by the Vatican.

Can you have a Catholic funeral if you are cremated?

Yes. The act of cremation does not taking away the catholic funeral rite. It is in the rare cases that catholic rite are denied of the person that was cremated. The Ashes should not be scattered. As for why the ashes shouldn’t be scattered, in the eyes of the Church, such an action could suggest the belief in another form of a god. “In order that every appearance of pantheism, naturalism or nihilism be avoided, it is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects,” the statement reads.

If these guidelines aren’t followed, the Church will deny funeral rites, according to the statement. “When the deceased notoriously has requested cremation and the scattering of their ashes for reasons contrary to the Christian faith, a Christian funeral must be denied to that person according to the norms of the law,” the statement reads.

10 Things Virgin Mary Wants Every Catholic To Say No To

10 Things Virgin Mary Wants Every Catholic To Say No To

We can better appreciate her “yes” to God if we consider when she said “no”

“Sunny days wouldn’t be so beautiful if we didn’t have cloudy ones,” my mom used to say. And it’s true. When we have to grit our teeth to get through a cold front, we appreciate a warm day all the more.

Something similar can happen in our relationship with Mary. In order to value more deeply her “yes,” it helps to consider her “no.”

Let’s look at 10 of them:

1. She said no to every excuse or condition that she might have placed before God’s will. In realizing that she was the one chosen to be the Mother of God, she didn’t demand anything or make any excuses. She simply accepted.

2. She said no to vanity. The young women of her time could have dreamed of being the mother of the Messiah. When she was chosen, Mary didn’t lose her bearings or believe herself somehow above everyone else. She recognized herself as the simple servant of the Lord.

3. She said no to gossip. She didn’t dash off to tell the world about her mission and her baby. In fact she didn’t even tell Joseph … not even to protect herself.

4. She said no to self-centeredness. As Gabriel left, she didn’t settle down to spoil herself and have some rest. On the contrary, when the angel told her about Elizabeth, she got straight to work, thinking about others even in her own state.

5. She said no to special privileges. When she heard about the census, she could have asked God for some angelic assistance. And asked him again when they had to flee to Egypt. And again when Jesus was lost in the Temple. But she never expected God to send angels or extraordinary graces to help her.

6. She said no to dwelling on the “what ifs.” When she had to give birth in a situation very different than what she and Joseph would have wanted, she didn’t spend her time thinking about what could have been. She adapted to what God permitted and made the best of it.

7. She said no to living in a bubble. She could have shut herself off in a little world with Joseph and her divine Son, to relish the delights of living with such company. Instead, from the beginning, she gave her Child to others — to the shepherds, to the Magi, and later on, to the world entire.

8. She said no to the temptation to resist God’s plans. Mary revealed to St. Teresa that when Simon told her of the sword that would pierce her heart, she had a vision of the Passion. She saw the cross awaiting Jesus. She could have begun already then to beg God for a change of plans, but instead, she accepted. She accepted God’s plan to such a degree that at Cana, she was the catalyst for the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.

9. She said no to the rejection she must have felt when presented with us as her children. From the cross, her Son entrusted her to the beloved disciple, and in doing so, He entrusted her to all of us. How difficult it must have been to accept this maternity — to be the mother of all of us whose sins caused the death of her Beloved. But again, she said yes, and not with hesitation or mere resignation. She told Juan Diego that it was an honor to be his mother. What love!

10. She said — and says — no to any lapse in loving us and praying for us. Mary didn’t nurse resentment at the disciples who abandoned Jesus on the cross. After the Ascension, she dedicated herself to prayer with and for them. We can imagine how joyfully she must have witnessed them full of the Holy Spirit, going out to preach as her Son had commanded. When she was assumed into heaven, she continued her role as our mother.

She is concerned for our needs and our difficulties and spends her eternity praying for us. She lives in the heavenly kingdom, attentive to the earthly one, still and forever the best of mothers.

Let us ask Our Lady to help us to imitate her in these times she said “no” and let us add three “nevers”: Let us resolve never to forget her, never to stop loving her, and never to fail to turn to her in our needs.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided …