A few blog posts back, I made mention of how I had been struggling with faith and looking for something “more” to be a part of. I have been to several churches over time, and the ones I have always felt the most comfortable in have been Catholic churches, so I thought I’d give it a whirl and look into it, to see if it’s where I would like be.
Last night was my first “Catholic Class”…which is what I’m calling it. Basically, it’s the classes that you take to learn about Catholicism and to decide if it’s for you, and then you go through the conversion process. In the church I’m attending, they start in September and run through April (to Easter), and then during Holy Week (Easter), they do the Baptism and First Communion for those who choose to go through the process of Converting.
It was interesting, but in a good way! The classes are Thursdays, from 7:00-9:00pm, which seems like a long time, but it really flew by. The speaker for most of the time was Father Doug, who is fairly newly ordained (a few years ago). He was really engaging and down to earth, and really made the scriptures and lecture easily understood and available to everyone. I really enjoyed it, overall! Then, we had dinner together (which I didn’t know about, so I had eaten prior), and then came back for a bit more lecture/questions, before going home.
And that was it. It wasn’t scary, it wasn’t “hard” and it definitely wasn’t uncomfortable like my previous church experiences (in my Mom’s church) had been. It was fun, and I laughed, and I learned, and I felt really good afterwards. And I guess that’s what it’s all about. Learning, and feeling better about life and yourself, and striving to be a better person. And that’s cool.
So…I’m pretty sure I’ll go back next week. And I’ll let you all know how the journey goes. I’m still not 100% sure if I’ll end up converting, but so far it’s been a very good experience. I’m hopeful, which is more than I have been in a long time.