"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Catholic Church New Converts!

The Catholic Church has finally "fallen" in the West says this boastful and deceitful INC member in his blog. Let's see!

Good Shepherd School students to be baptized at Easter Vigil
By Valerie Schmalz

Pacifica school youngsters among 170 archdiocesan catechumens entering faith

Five students at Good Shepherd School are among the more than 170 people in the Archdiocese of San Francisco who will be baptized into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

“I want to become baptized because I want to become part of the Catholic community,” said Sarah Bonomi, 12, who will be baptized, confirmed and receive her first Communion on April 7 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Five Good Shepherd students will be baptized at Easter Vigil with a sixth baptized the following Sunday. A seventh elementary school child, a student at Holy Angels School, will also enter the church at the Pacifica parish’s Easter Vigil.... Read more here...

Catechesis, Conversion, and the Reason For the Hope Within You
By Francis J. Beckwith

During Holy Week and Easter Sunday Mass, in Catholic parishes throughout the world, many pilgrims will be received into the Church. Most will have gone through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), a six-month study of the Church’s teachings and practices. This year I have the privilege of being part of the RCIA team at St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University, where as many as a dozen men and women will soon be entering the Church... Read more here...

Reflections from soon-to-be new Catholics

This Easter, the Archdiocese will welcome 2,393 new Catholics into the Church.

A few of the catechumens and candidates shared their reflections on why they felt called to become Catholic. Read on for their reflections … and pray for all those who will join the Church this Easter../. Read more here...

Chris Zajdzinski: Man leads family, others into the Catholic Church
By Joyce Coronel

Chris Zajdzinski is on fire for the Catholic faith, but it wasn’t always that way.

“I was raised a Baptist-Bible Christian. Just the foundation of that belief is counter to Catholicism,” Zajdzinski said. “You don’t even have to be told the Catholic Church is not legitimate — you’re taught that implicitly.”

In 2008 however, Zajdzinski, his wife and their four children left their Protestant mega church and became Catholic. It all began with a few nagging doubts... Read more here...

Dudley and Diane Brossette’s Conversion: From Searching Many Churches to Catholic

“We were both taught that Catholics were doctrinally off base and to be pitied because they were generally not “born-again.”

“We went to several different churches and studied many other denominations, including Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness and a few splinter spin-offs of the charismatic non-denominational movement. Each time, after a great deal of study, I rejected these churches……” Read more here...


Hong Kong diocese continues success in evangelization: 3,500 received at Easter Vigil

The Diocese of Hong Kong welcomed 3,500 adults into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, continuing a remarkable record of evangelization that has stretched across the years.

The Hong Kong diocese claims about 500,000 Catholics, including nearly 140,000 non-Chinese. So the adult converts received into the Church at Easter amounted to roughly 1% of the current Chinese Catholic population. (An equivalent success for the Boston archdiocese would require nearly 13,000 new adult converts.) The diocese received nearly as many converts—3,400—last year, and 3,000 in 2010... Read more here... or read the original story in AsiaNews)

Harvard trained philosophy professor Richard Sherlock converts from Mormonism to Christianity

One should never leave the religion in which one was born or raised for anything but the most serious of reasons. Warm feelings, family, friends, a social ethos, should never be the reason for joining or leaving a religion. The fact that you do not like the priest, pastor or parishioners should never be a reason for staying or leaving. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have never been a person to "go with the flow" or seek popularity. I was a conscientious objector in the Vietnam War and I have a 1-0 draft card to prove it. I have been an absolute opponent of abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment my whole adult life. When I was a professor of moral theology at Fordham University in the mid-1980's I happily defended the view that artificial birth control is morally wrong. This was at a time when many, if not most, actually Catholic moral theologians wouldn't do so, or wouldn't do so strongly. I have not left religion or Christianity. But I have left Mormonism. I have become a deeper, more intellectual, more spiritual and truer Christian than I have ever been, literally. I am converting to the Roman Catholic Church. All true roads do lead to Rome... Read more here...

“Have you been Born Again? Catholic Reflections on a Protestant Doctrine, or How Calvin’s view of Salvation destroyed his Doctrine of the Church”

Ultimately, these discoveries – along with renewed study of Scripture and the Church Fathers – led me away from evangelicalism and the PCA, and into the Catholic Church. (See How John Calvin Made me a Catholic.) And today, I realize that I am not the first one to note these incongruities in the Reformed tradition. There is, in fact, a vast literature playing off Calvin against his heirs, or alternately defending them against the charge of innovation.2 Within the Reformed world, there is ongoing disagreement over the extent and implications of these tensions.3 What few historians dispute, however, is that modern evangelicalism breathes a different air from traditional Calvinism.4 Mark Noll’s assessment of the emerging evangelicalism of the 19th century is not far off the mark... Read more here...

Church Welcomes Thousands of New Catholics at Easter

"Thousands of new Catholics were baptized and thousands more Christians were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter vigil last weekend.

"Young and old, single and married, immigrants and native-born Americans, all came together as the newest members of the Church for the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ..." Read more here...



NEW RECORD

921 new Catholics were baptized and 668 already baptized Christians received into full communion into the Catholic Church during the Annual Easter Vigil, April 7, 2012, throughout Orange County.

The Easter Vigil Rite consists of four elements: The Service of Light, the Liturgy of the Word, Christian Initiation and Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and the Holy Eucharist... Read more here...

Thousands join Catholic Church on Easter

Thousands of new Catholics were baptized and thousands more Christians were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter vigil last weekend.

Jeanette DeMelo, communications director for the Archdiocese of Denver, reflected on the vigil Mass’ beginnings in darkness and the symbolism of its transformation into full light.

“Christ our light comes and breaks through the darkness that we experience in suffering and in death and in sin,” she told CNA April 9. “I think that also happens for each of those people who are coming into full communion with the Church. There is that experience of the light of Christ.”

Young and old, single and married, immigrants and native-born Americans, all came together as the newest members of the Church for the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ... Read more here...

So join now the CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST. Here are some few practical Steps on How to Convert to the Catholic Church

WARNING:

  • There are many common misconceptions about the Church which may cause you to look away without giving them a closer look. Find a well-versed Catholic friend, and he or she will probably be able to give you an answer. Alternatively, websites such as Catholic Answers have articles and forums for your questions.
  • Until you are a member of the Catholic Church, you are not allowed to receive the Eucharist. It is unlikely that any action will be taken against you, but the Church asks you to respect its traditions. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the actual body and blood of Christ, no longer bread and wine. Remember that Paul says that, "Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord." (1 Corinthians 11:27,29).
  • Instead of receiving The Eucharist, those who have not received their First Communion may go in the line where people are receiving the Eucharist but when they reach the altar cross their arms in front of their chest with their palms against their shoulders. This indicates to the priest that you wish to receive a blessing instead. (Non-priests are not empowered to confer a blessing at communion; in this case, if you are ineligible for Holy Communion you should just stay seated. No one minds and you won't cause confusion.)
  • The Catholic Church is an establishment that has spanned millenia, it bears a large amount of rite and tradition. If you are not absolutely certain that you want to be a part of this, hold off on the final steps until you truly believe. There are several excellent books on the market regarding other people's conversion journeys. Purchasing and reading these will be quite helpful.
  • Above all, do not convert for someone else. Only convert if it is truly what you believe.

Come HOME to ROME and be BLEST!

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