Perhaps you feel that there should be more, or that you want to be closer to God. You may feel a longing in your heart that you can’t quite explain or that seems beyond your grasp. Maybe you want to learn more about Jesus and the Bible. You may wonder if you need to be baptized. You may be curious about the Catholic Faith because someone close to you is Catholic. Perhaps you were baptized Catholic as a baby but have been away from the Catholic Church and want to give it a second look. We invite you to Come Home!
Listen to the voice of God, speaking to you heart, drawing you to Himself:
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
There are thousands of different Christian denominations, all teaching different and contradictory things. Only one church goes all the way back to Jesus and the 12 Apostles. Only one church has always taught the same doctrines for 2,000 years. It is on the authority of this church that we have the New Testament, because its authority predates the New Testament and come from Christ himself. If you feel the Holy Spirit prompting you to look at this further, you can go to: http://www.catholicscomehome.org/discover-a-beautiful-faith/
Whatever your experience or level of interest, you are most welcome to come and learn more about Jesus, the Bible and the original form of the Christian religion that we call “Catholicism.” Many have taken this Journey before you. You can read their Stories.
Every year (usually in August or September), Catholic parishes are opening their doors to those who are inquiring about the Catholic Faith. There is no cost or commitment. This is a time to come and explore and ask questions – to put your toe in the water and see if you want to learn more. But you don’t have to wait until next August, you can call and speak to the pastor of your local Catholic church anytime. Here in the Bellevue/Dayton Kentucky area, call (859)261-6172 and ask to speak with the pastor.
St. Bernard Church (in Dayton, KY) and Divine Mercy Parish (in Bellevue, KY) host several evenings where you can come and inquire about the process of learning more about the Catholic Faith and/or becoming Catholic. We will normally meet at:
Divine Mercy Rectory
(the house behind the Church)
318 Division St., Bellevue, KY 41073
Call us or come to one of these evenings to see if you want to begin the process of learning more.
Many people find that once they begin to learn what the Church really teaches, they feel God’s Spirit awakening within them, and they want to learn more. This is an opportunity to personally encounter and grow closer to Jesus through the Church that he himself established to continue his mission on earth. In the last chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructed his Apostles to teach all nations “all that he had commanded” and to “make disciples,” baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Today, we call this process the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). If you wish, you can preview the content of the SYMBOLON presentations we will be using during RCIA by clicking HERE.