“Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls.”
1 Peter 1:8-9

Are you feeling a gentle nudge toward the Catholic church?  That spiritual longing you feel is God drawing you to Himself.  Becoming Catholic is a joyful experience, and it starts merely with self-exploration.

The best way to discern your path of faith is to begin experiencing the life of the parish by attending church services (Mass).  All are welcome to attend Mass; you do not have to be Catholic.  Although it may be intimidating that first time, you’ll quickly see that it’s easy to blend in and follow along.  You will never be put on the spot or asked to sign anything, and during the quiet prayerful times, you can talk to God in your own words.  Most Catholics do receive communion at each Mass, so until you’re ready just sit back and take in the beauty and reverence of it all.  There is much to be learned about what it means to be Catholic by simply joining us at Mass on Sunday.  Mass times are available by clicking here.

Another way to further your exploration is to review the Catechism of the Catholic church.  This publication is free and available online by clicking here.  It may also be helpful to read the conversion stories of others.  There are many resources available; a few of our favorites are highlighted below.

The formal process of conversion is called “The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” (RCIA).  Saint Gregory the Great has a wonderful ministry devoted to teaching and welcoming new people into the faith. More about this ministry can be found here: RCIA.

Have further questions?  Ready to take the next step?  Please contact the program director:

Contact:  Deacon Ron Diem • 858-653-3582 • deaconron@stgg.org

 

Rome Sweet Home

Kimberly and Scott Hahn’s conversion story and love for the Church has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of lukewarm Catholics and brought them back into active participation in the Church.

They have also influenced countless conversions to Catholicism among their friends and others who have heard their powerful testimony.

Rome Sweet Home, by Scott Hahn

 

 

Waking Up Catholic

The depth of Catholic theology is one of its greatest beauties, but understanding it can be one of its greatest challenges.

If you want to learn more about basic Catholic beliefs, Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic is the book for you.

Waking Up Catholic, by Chad Torgerson

 

 

 

 

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

Catholic News  Agency

Glossary of Catholic Terms

Catholic Diocese of San Diego

Global Catholic Network (EWTN)

The Vatican

USCCB: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults