Becoming Catholic

The journey of a lifetime awaits you.

We are all on a unique journey in this life. No matter where our journey has taken us in the past, there could be a whole new direction that awaits us ahead. Maybe you want to seek answers to the big questions of life, or you've learned about the Catholic faith growing up in your family or through a friendship, or maybe you're coming back to your roots. Whatever the reason, we'd love to walk alongside you on this life journey and to share the beauty, richness, and goodness that God offers us through his son, Jesus, and the life of the Catholic faith. No matter where you are on your journey of faith we'd love to meet you and hear your story!

We invite all adults who have questions to journey with us, one gathering at a time. Becoming Catholic, and receiving the Sacraments, is referred to as Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA). Let's get started by getting to know you. Click below to submit your information.

Let's begin, I'm interested!

Learn more - listen to this episode of The Narthex SPC podcast to hear about what the experience of OCIA is like and how you can get involved!

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m interested in learning more but still not 100%. What should I do?

Let's get to know each other. We can hear about your story and we can also share with you more details so you can make the best informed decision. You are welcome to start coming and see where the journey takes you. There will be several opportunities along the way for you to pause and discern whether you wish to continue. Contact Margaret O'Grady (678-832-1232) today!

I am Catholic, but have not been to Church in awhile, what should I do?

Come join us! We would love to welcome you back home. We encourage you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation – available at our parish on Monday at 6pm and Saturday at 9am, or by appointment with a priest – and we look forward to seeing you at Mass! We also invite you to consider attending some of our Adult Faith Formation events. Learn more about the beauty of Reconciliation.

My schedule is crazy, what are the commitments?

We work with everyone on an individual basis regarding their personal commitments and the meetings. If you miss a meeting we will provide resources to help you learn about the topic that was covered.

How long does this take?

If you're interested in making the Catholic faith your own, this is a journey we call Order of Christian Initiation (OCIA). The experience is unique and specific to each person. In other words, it is not designed to be a one-size-fits-all process. Some will be ready to receive the sacraments in a matter of months; others may choose to spend more time in preparation. To learn more about the experience contact Margaret O'Grady today!

I was baptized in another Christian denomination. Do I need to be re-baptized?

No. As long as you were baptized with water and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, then your baptism is valid. We consider all baptized Christians to be members of our extended family.

RCIA...OCIA.... What's with all the acronyms

Yes, the Church is know to have a name and an acronym for everything. OCIA, Order of Christian Initiation for Adults, is the official name of the process for Adults who have yet to received baptism. It was once referred to as Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, RCIA. The normative language for the church is Latin, and the switch from RCIA to OCIA was to ensure a more proper translation from Latin.

Where can I find information on my own?

We've compiled a great list of resources that we suggest you check out. Everything from podcasts, blogs, and content libraries, all free! Click here to visit our digital library.

I was baptized, now I would like to receive communion or confirmation?

Let's chat! We'd love to help you receive these wonderful graces in the sacraments. Contact Margaret O'Grady below.

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Margaret O'Grady

Let's set up a time to meet. Feel free to submit your information here or call me directly at 678-832-1232.

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