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How to become a Catholic

There are several ways to become a Catholic. The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and tries to provide appropriate spiritual formation according to each person's needs. In general, there are two categories for people who are becoming a Catholic: infants and young children; and people who, baptized and unbaptized, have had little or no religious training in the Christian faith.

Young Children and Infants

Children who are born or adopted into Catholic families usually are baptized as infants, a practice that began early in the Church's history. This makes sense because the children will be raised in a Christian environment, learning the ways of faith from their parents and other family members, and eventually receiving formal religious training through their catechism school or religious education program. For the same reason, children whose parents enter the Catholic Church before the children have reached school age also are baptized.

People with Little or No Christian Backgroud

Catholic Church usually runs a course yearly for those who want to become Catholic. This course is often called the "RCIA" which stands for "Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults". The course will teach the history of the Church, the beliefs and values of the Catholic Church, and the proper order of celebration of Mass. In addition, it is to prepare them for baptism into the Catholic Faith.

If you're lucky enough to become Catholic around Easter, you'll get to be baptized (if you haven't been baptized before), receive your first communion, and be confirmed at the Easter Vigil, the special Mass held the evening before Easter Sunday

For more information about the RCIA, please contact our parish office.

Find Your Local Church

Anyone who is thinking of becoming a Catholic Christian or who would like more information about Catholic Faith can contact our Holy Redeemer Church Klang Parish Office or your nearest Catholic Parish. Meeting with the church parish or another member of the parish pastoral staff ordinally is the first step in the journey toward becoming a Catholic.

To find a Catholic Church near you in Malaysia, check the directory at Google Maps as below, or ask a friend who is a Catholic.

Another way is to look up the local Archdiocese or Diocese. Check our links for Malaysia local Archdiocese.


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