If you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith, one of the best ways is to contact the office and speak with the pastor.
You can call the office at 813-645-1714 or email the pastor, Fr. John McEvoy
You can also explore the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the official summary of our faith.
If you have not been baptized, the Christian initiation process prepares you to become a Catholic Christian through the sacraments of Christian initiation: baptism, confirmation and holy Communion.
If you have been baptized in another Christian church, the initiation process prepares you to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the sacraments of confirmation and holy Communion.
The first step in the process is to contact the office. Ask Catholic friends and neighbors about their faith. Go to Mass and talk with other parishioners. Our priests will be happy to talk with you about becoming Catholic. Please remember that Sunday is a very busy time for them however, and it may be best to make an appointment to see our priests during the week.
If you decide that you want to become Catholic, you will participate in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA as it is sometimes referred to. In RCIA you will learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them on and also have the opportunity to participate in the life of the parish through service and prayer.
If you have been baptized as an infant, but have not celebrated the sacraments of confirmation and holy Communion, the RCIA program would be appropriate for you.
If you are an inactive Catholic, one that has celebrated all the sacraments of initiation, and would like to return to active participation in a parish, speak with a parish staff member at a Catholic Church near you about “Catholics Returning Home.”
How long does it take to become Catholic?
The RCIA preparation usually lasts for several months. Many parishes begin classes in the fall. RCIA candidates for all three sacraments of initiation will typically celebrate the sacraments during the Easter Vigil liturgy on Holy Saturday. The Pastor and Adult Formation Team will work with each person as an individual to determine the time.
What if I change my mind?
Seeking information about the Catholic faith will not commit or oblige you to become Catholic. We encourage you to learn as much about the faith and take as much time as you need to make this decision. While we love the Catholic faith, and hope that you will also come to love it, we will not pressure anyone to make such an important decision.