What is Catholicism?
The Church is essentially a communion of persons united to God and each other in Christ. The Church is a complex reality that is at once visible and invisible, natural and supernatural, human and divine. The Church is composed of followers of Jesus, who are mystically united together as Christ’s Body, with Jesus as the head. The Church is visibly united by professing the same faith, celebrating in common the liturgy and sacraments, and submitting to the authority of the pope and bishops.
How do I join the Catholic Church?
One becomes a member of the Church and united to Christ through the sacraments of Baptism. If you have already been baptized, then you are part of the Church. If you have not received the other sacraments of initiation, you can contact your local Catholic Church to arrange to receive them.
What are the Sacraments of Initiation?
The Sacraments of Initiation are three steps to entering into full communion with the Church established by Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. Jesus instituted these sacraments to give us grace, and it is by grace that we are saved.
Can I go to heaven if I’m not Catholic?
All salvation comes from Jesus, the head, through the Church, His body. Jesus does not save someone if that person knows He founded the Church and rejects her. Rejecting the Church is rejecting Jesus Christ, her founder. Those who do not know Jesus and His Church through invincible ignorance will be judged according to how they responded to what they knew of God and His grace. Thus, the Church is responsible for going out and proclaiming Jesus Christ and His Church to all.
Find and contact your local Catholic Church to begin the process of entering into full communion with the Body of Christ.