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Good point!

I think I will begin a new thread, and change the title slightly!
Thanks for the idea!

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I think we are missing a category here? I am a revert to the faith. I am Baptized at 1 month and went through CCD in the 70's. After my Confirmation I started to stray for about a year until I was lapsed. I was gone for about 25 years until I was called back to to my Roman Catholic roots. Since this time about twelve years ago God has had me on a roller coaster.

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DR_NIC - emoticon I'm a convert like your husband (but from Anglican).

Maricela - sorry about that. I guess it's not a term used by all. It sounds like you have been an active member of the Body of Christ your whole life!

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I actually had to read through a few posts to figure out what a cradle catholic was. LOL. And yes, that's me. I was blessed to be born into a Catholic family. We went to church every Sunday since I could remember, my dad would set nights aside a few times a week when he's read the bible to us and we'd talk about it, I started singing in the choir when I was 9 yrs old, started going to youth group when I was 11 (a little young I know, but went with my older sister). I met my husband in elementary school, but we couldnt stand each other back then. It wasnt till we got to know each other in the youth group that we became best friends and confidents and then eventually fell in love. Took a break from choir from the age of 20-25, joined again for another 5 yrs, and now I think its time to serve in other ways. I assisted in RCIA classes, organized our community "posadas", played a big role in putting on our Easter ViaCrusis every Good Friday for 10+ yrs. and as active as I have been through out my life in the church our Lord continues to amaze me with his love, forgiveness, and guidance. I love learning about Him and reconnecting with Him throughout my life.

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I'm a cradle Catholic and my husband is a Convert (from Lutheran).

"My darling girl, when are you going to understand that 'normal' isn't a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Practical Magic


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Amen to that!

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Convert, but Christian all my life. Cannot imagine not having faith in the world we live in today!

"When Jesus is all we have, we realize he's all we need.
...everyone deserted me...But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength."

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I'm glad you're back as well, Kathleen.
When one of the Church is missing, the Body of Christ is not complete.

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I'm a convert 30 years ago, who is just "coming back" after a few years of major questioning. I guess I needed time to reaffirm that this is really who I am and who God wants me to be. I'm glad to be back, thanks to the prayers of many people.


















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Cradle - Never lost the faith. Keeping it strong and passing it on the the next generation.

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God is so good! What interesting paths we have taken to come to where we are now...

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Cradle Catholic from Poland ;D

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emoticon home!

Congratulations on your "reversion".

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The death of my abusive earthly father combined with the love of the Carmelite Sisters brought me back home to the Church a decade ago. To make a looooong story short: I was a cradle Catholic who totally didn't get it (the faith was not practiced at home, either)... then a prodigal daughter who sinned it up big-time... now I'm a joyful "revert"... and today i am an Aspirant to the secular order of Carmel. Oh, and my evangelical protestant hubby finally ended up entering the Church-- and teaching the RCIA class at our parish! emoticon



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I am fascinated by people's journeys. God is so good! He calls, quietly and gently. But He always calls us.

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Growing up my Mom was Catholic and my Dad had no religion, but did not like Catholicism. We would go to Mass when my Dad was gone (he was in the Navy). I loved the church, her beauty and traditions. As a young adult I would go to Mass but was to scared to fully participate. My first husband, who was not Catholic, became ill with ALS. We lived in a very small town. It was the Catholic Nuns who helped me with his care . When he passed, they often invited me to the convent for meals and watching TV. I loved them!

Several years later, I married a cradle Catholic. We had 2 sons. I finally felt the calling to become a Catholic. I went through RCIA, with a wonderful woman as my sponsor. On Easter Day 1988, I finally became a Catholic. My sons went to Catholic elementary school. I worked there as a substitute teacher and I even sponsored a young woman on her journey through RCIA.

I feel truly blessed to be a member of the Catholic Church.

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emoticon and welcome home!

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Convert!! 15 years I formally entered the Church, having been baptized as a Lutheran. Thanks be to God. emoticon

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I'm so pleased for you that you had a conversion of heart to match your entrance into the Church!

Thanks for sharing your story.

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Convert-My cradle Catholic husband refused to marry a non-Catholic girl. I went through RCIA (which was painful), but did not have a conversion of heart until 4 years later. I knew it was so important to my husband that I love our faith and to teach our children to love it, so I prayed daily for the Holy Spirit to fill me, so that I would feel his presence, and sure enough I had a string of amazing events that converted my heart forever! I love the Church now, and are raising 4 children who will know their faith and understand it, not just obey it.

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That's a good point, Jane!

DHAMPIR17 - I am thrilled for you that the Holy Spirit led you to study on your own to learn Truth. And you listened! That's a shame that the priest was misinforming people. But I'm pleased and relieved that God is still in charge!

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How wonderful that you studied on your own as a young adult. We should all be so-called to do so! emoticon

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I'm a convert as well.

I converted with my mother and brother in 1998, when I was only 9. Unfortunately our catechesis was very poor (the priest told us the Sacrament of Confession was "archaic" and "unnecessary"), but I began studying on my own when I was 19 and fell in love with the Catholic faith: Her rich history, Her teachings, the Mass and everything.

I love being Catholic :)

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And to you!

The Lord is marvelous - and I believe He has a wonderful sense of humour - as evidenced by the irony in your story!

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Convert. I joined the Church in 2009, and I've never been happier. I started studying the Catholic faith because a friend of mine told me that he was joining, and I was going to "save" him from the Church. And then I was baptized and confirmed the same day he was. Ironic, right?

I have since met and married my husband at the parish I first attended mass in and had our twin boys baptized there this past March. It amazes me to see the difference in my life before and after finding the truth, and I'm so glad there is a group of people on here who believe the same I do! Have a happy Pentecost Sunday y'all! emoticon

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What do you have in mind for your support goals, Gail Ann?

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Welcome 4EVERNESS ! emoticon

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."
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Convert.
Is there any other Catholic Critter who might adopt me for this support issue in goals?

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emoticon NELSONCHERYL!
So glad you've joined us as we Spark our Faith!
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Welcome NELSONCHERYL59! Glad you found us! emoticon

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I never thought of it either! Welcome to the Team!

Good name, by the way!
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I am a convert and i love my Jesus and my Catholic Faith. I went to cursillo, took rcia and joined around 1996. I feel like i have always been catholic in my heart.
and why would i have not thought spark people would have a catholic team. Woo hoo for sparkie catholics emoticon

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I truly believe I was led to the Catholic church and I've never been happier. I have to admit the Protestant in me comes out every so often. When it happens, I joke with Fr about my Protestant brain.

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Thank you for sharing your story with us. I know many who are disillusioned with the Anglican (Episcopalian) Church, as well as the Lutheran Church. A friend and also a family member are so annoyed that huge decisions are made in both churches through a democratic process. They maintain that you cannot vote on doctrine! I gently point out that the Catholic Church does not vote on doctrine, and that we have a hierarchy as the "buck" needs to stop somewhere.

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I'm a convert. I came into the Catholic church in 2010. I was baptized Episcopalian, grew up and confirmed Dutch Reformed, attended the Lutheran church for a few years, went back to the Episcopal church where I was confirmed a second time. I left the Episcopal church when an openly gay bishop was elected in New Hampshire. I then discovered that the Episcopal church had an open communion policy. That meant that anyone, atheist, wiccan, muslim, etc could take Holy Communion. That's where I drew the line. The Eucharist means something and you should at least be a baptized Christian. So I left.

I did not go to church for a few years after that. It was a very dark and desolate time. Not because I didn't believe in God but because I no longer had a 'home'. I have a very dear friend who was also unhappy with the Episcopal church and was going through RCIA and suggested I try the Catholic church. After dragging my feet for 2 weeks or so, I went to the local Catholic church. I could tell my soul felt so much happier and it was jumping for joy. I am currently a Sacristan and a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion and I feel it is a privilege to be able to serve my Lord in that capacity.

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Well, he is right in a way, because a priest cannot just simply marry a "mixed religion couple". the couple and the priest actually need to get approval and permission from the bishop. I believe, if memory serves, it's called a "dispensation". It is allowed if the non-Catholic can provide proof of valid baptism.

And a non-baptized individual can also marry a Catholic, as evidenced by my non-baptized nephew marrying a practising Catholic girl two years ago. They had to get permission as there was what is called "disparity of cult". Anyway, they do not have a usual sacramental marriage that two baptized individuals would have. They have what is called a natural marriage.

If, and when, my nephew ever becomes baptized (we pray!), their marriage would automatically become a sacramental one.

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My husband and I were under the assumption that it is a "law" that both parities must be baptized catholic to be married in the church. However, in the past two years I've heard of others who were married by priests in the church when bother were NOT Catholic. I know our priest wouldn't marry us unless we both were (he's a young priest as well, early 40's). Maybe its changed or is at the priests discretion...? Either way, I'm happy and at peace with my decision, I couldn't imagine it any other way now.

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Well said, CATHOLICCORGI!

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emoticon to ALL of our new members!
We have all travelled such interesting paths to where we are right now! What a wonderful, loving God we have!
It is a great gift to be able to look back and see God's hand on our lives...
The rich heritage we share as Catholics causes us to be bonded in so many ways! I pray the ignorance that keeps Protestants and other Christian Faiths "at odds" with the Church will one day be removed, and they can understand how Catholicism is the best way to really reach communion with God, through His Son. I pray they will also understand our devotion to Jesus' Mother, too. How they miss out on such love and guidance!
Cradle or Convert is just a way to help us explain a path we have been on, either from an early age or older in life.
My parents raised me Catholic from my birth, although they themselves were not Catholic. They never became Catholic, either. Yet God ordained for me to be. I am very grateful.

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That's a good point, BURNEDEVE. I know for a long time (and to this day, perhaps), my family believed that it was because of my now dh that I became Catholic. The priest who brought me into the Church, though, was adamant that it was impossible to convert for anyone else. It has to be an inner prompting of the Holy Spirit, and naught to do with an other person.

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I second that CJ! When I went through RCIA, most of the catechumens were engaged (hubby and I weren't until after I completed RCIA), but it was always made clear to us that conversion was NOT necessary to be married in the church, and if that was the only reason we were there, we should reconsider the process.

I'd really like to hear more about your experience, MRSANNIE!

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I know I was not Catholic when I married my dh in the Church.

Tell us more, MRSANNIE!

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I'm curious...............you are STILL not allowed to get married in the church if you aren't Catholic? I thought you could!

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emoticon BURNEDEVE and MRSANNIEBRANDT! Thanks for sharing your stories!

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Convert. Initially only in order to get married in the church in 2011 but Im very happy with Catholicism. Married to a cradle Catholic in a VERY active Catholic family.

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2/23/13 12:35 P

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I don't really know what to call myself other than "Catholic," haha! I went through RCIA, was Baptised, received my First Communion and Confirmation on Easter Vigil, 2010, and had my life literally saved by God a few months later (how's THAT for revealing Himself? :) ). However, I grew up not only in a non-religious family, but an actively anti religious family. Parents are wonderfully moral and all around stellar people, as is my brother the atheist (le sigh), but I always felt like the odd one out because I felt like I was searching for something bigger than the small world around me.

Funnily enough, I spent an entire summer in England with a Catholic university when I was in high school (and didn't even know they were Catholic until I hopped on a plane with the group!) There was a professor on that journey that literally changed my life, not only with his own walk to faith (which I did not relate to until I followed his same path quite a few years later), but with his ability to inspire me to be myself.

Husband is a cradle Catholic and when we started talking about dating more seriously, I decided to "give this whole church thing" a try - I knew I couldn't be with him if our spiritual outlooks didn't coincide, and didn't ever want him to feel like he compromised his faith to be with a heathen like me. Boy was I surprised when I felt such a strong call!

I'm very active in the church now, take part in RCIA groups whenever I can, and do presentations about Annointing of the Sick and how my terrible illness strengthened and deepened my faith in God. It's still a shame that my family has said they will never believe that I became Catholic for myself (and not due to pressure from my husband or his family), but I still pray that their hearts and steps are protected each and every day.

All reality has its origin in our perception.
- Leonardo da Vinci

You are the light of the world; a city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
- Matthew 5:14
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2/23/13 12:08 P

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Cradle Catholic and looking forward to being a member of this team.

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Hi LILYBELLE! Congratulations on your adult catechism classes later this year. I always find it fascinating how people make their way to the Church. Some journeys are short and sweet, some are long and involved, but full of love and faith.

VEGANONION - what a story! The Holy Spirit has been guiding you along the way, I just know it. How beautiful.

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My relationship with Catholicism is a bit complicated. I am a Cradle Catholic, but I grew up in the Ukrainian Catholic church, which is very different from Roman Catholic. To make a long story short, I always felt that my time at church was teaching me how to be Ukrainian and not about God. I never really understood what it meant to be Catholic and what faith is. I always felt that church was something that was forced upon me without any explanation and it was separate from my daily life.

In college I didn't go to church and I tried researching other religions. After I graduated college, I got a job and moved to North Carolina. Being influenced by a guy I was dating at the time, I decided I would try to go to church again. The relationship didn't last, but I truly believe it was meant to push me back into the church. I went to a non-denominational church for several months and struggled with this feeling that I did not consider myself to be Catholic and could not stand the thought of my parents knowing this. I met with the pastor at my church several times to discuss this with him. Then the strangest thing happened - one day I was driving home from work and I was overwhelmed with the desire to go to a Catholic church, so I looked up the closest church on my GPS and went in there and just sat and cried.

After that it was a long journey, but I found my way into the church. I don't say I found my way back because I don't think I was ever fully involved. I learned a lot in this journey and feel that for the first time in my life I truly understand what faith is. I have grown to love my church and I can't wait to raise my children Catholic!

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