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How to Enter the Catholic Church

Pope Pius XII, pray for us

The purpose of this website, overall, is to help:

1.) Give praise to God
2.) Lead people into the Catholic Church
3.) Confirm current Catholics in the Faith
4.) Answer the questions from confused Catholics

This section of my website is dedicated to helping out with #2: lead people into the Catholic Church. You will fall into one of three circumstances.

Before we get into this...

Avoid the Novus Ordo.

The Novus Ordo is poisonous and harmful to converts because it is not the true Catholic Faith. I have received Novus Ordo sacraments in the past, and gone to Novus Ordo liturgy, and I regret it. It will drive you away from the Catholic Church. It is Protestantism with a very thin Catholic veneer.

Read here for more.

This is a nice video showing some of the atrocities of the Novus Ordo.

Scenario 1: Non-Baptized, No Traditionalist Liturgy/Parishes In Your Area

Step 1: The first thing you have to do is if you are wishing to join the Catholic Church, but you are not baptized, is to learn about the Catholic Faith.

This is the book that the Society of St. Pius X (traditionalist order of priests) uses to catechize converts into the Faith. It is in the form of a Q-and-A. It is very clear, very thorough but also a very reasonable length (about 170 pp with medium sized font). The book costs about $10 for e-versions and $20 for paperback - the link is to the Canadian version of Amazon, so make sure you are seeing the price in your home country.

If you want something even less expensive, but still concise, I would recommend the Penny Catechism. It is not as easy-to-follow as the book I recommended above, but it will do the job. It is about 70 pp long and costs about $5.

Once you believe, after prayer and reflection, in the tenets of the Catholic Church proceed to step #2.

Step 2: Be Baptized

You do not need a priest to baptize you. You do not even need a Christian to baptize you. I would recommend that you seek a Catholic friend to perform the sacrament if you do not live near a traditionalist Catholic parish, but if that's not an option, any person could administer it as long as they follow the proper form (link here. Read carefully).

Step 3: Be Received into the Church

Make the profession of faith, immediately after Baptism, that was ordered by the Council of Trent for people who are being received into the Church. Click this link for more information.

Step 4: Make an Act of Perfect Contrition Until You Get to Confession

Baptism makes you "new" again. If you died immediately after baptism you would go straight to Heaven. However, if you commit a mortal sin (explained in the books above) you should make an act of perfect contrition until you can get to a traditionalist Catholic priest who can absolve you of your sins.

Scenario 2: Non-Baptized and Baptized with Traditionalist Parishes In Your Area

There are a few traditionalist groups that could catechize you (teach you the faith), baptize you and receive you into the Church. Geographically they are not everywhere - you may not have one in your area.

They are:

SSPX or FSSP or ICKSP or CMRI. Google the names to see if you have a location near you.

If you do, call them right away, ask to speak to the priest, and make your intention to join the Church known. He will invite you to start attending the Traditional Latin Mass. You are on your way!

Scenario 3: Baptized, No Traditionalist Parishes In Your Area

Make the profession of faith, immediately after Baptism, that was ordered by the Council of Trent for people who are being received into the Church. Click this link for more information.

If you need anything from me please click on the 'contact' section of this website and send me a note.