Becoming a CatholicInformation & Inspiration
The Shape of the Rite — Stage 1
First period & stage
First Period — Period of Evangelisation & Pre-Catechumenate
A time of beginnings, a time for asking questions. This is a period to gain an overall picture of Jesus and the Church. It is time to help you articulate what you are searching for.
First Stage — Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate
A formal recognition that you desire to become a member of the Church; you are not a member yet but you have expressed a hope and this is affirmed and welcomed by the local parish community.
Don’t worry if at the moment this sounds incredibly scary! When the time is right you will find that by then you know members of the community and people will be delighted and wish to put you at your ease.