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What is the source of these questions?

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The following questions are based upon an article that originally appeared in the Dignity/Washington newsmonthly and is reproduced here as an example for a program in your chapter. There are many different models you can use. Some smaller chapters may not have the volunteers or the resources to conduct a full program and may want to use the resources of a local welcoming parish. Hopefully, the questions and answers will create a spark that will help you deepen your community's spiritual life and commitment to community.

I was baptized in another Christian faith and want to become a Catholic Christian. What process do I follow?

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A person baptized into another Christian faith is received into full communion with the Catholic Church through the completion of their initiation by the reception of Confirmation and Eucharist. The process is similar to that for others in inquiry although the traditions and beliefs unique to the Catholic faith may need to be studied in order to more fully understand the Catholic Church. They are referred to as candidates for reception into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

I was Baptized Catholic but was never Confirmed. What process do I follow?

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The process is similar to that for the unbaptized in that the person studies and discusses scripture but it is different in that they are already a member of the Christian community of believers and may not participate in all of the rites associated with full initiation. Completing one’s Christian initiation through Confirmation is either done by us or through a Parish depending upon the individual's circumstance. Confirmations can occur at the Easter Vigil or at another time such as Pentecost.

I’m not Catholic nor have I been baptized but I’m interested in becoming a Christian. What is the process?

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When a person decides to embark upon a journey leading to initiation into the full sacramental life of the community, they begin a period of inquiry known as the Catechumenate and they are known as Catechumens. The process can take anywhere from six months to a year and is typified by the periodic sharing of the Word of God and deepening sense of spirituality and Christ. A more formal period of inquiry begins typically during Lent and culminates in Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.

What are the Sacraments Dignity celebrates?

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The most frequently received sacrament is the last of the so-called "Sacraments of Initiation" — Eucharist. Our Sunday liturgies offer all believing, baptized Christians the eucharistic feast at the Table. The first two Initiation Sacraments are Baptism and Confirmation. Dignity also validly provides those sacraments or facilitates the reception of those sacraments depending upon individual needs and circumstances.

What are Sacraments?

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The sacraments are a sign through which the Church manifests and celebrates its faith and communicates the saving grace of God. More simply stated, God wants us to enter into a deep relationship and these are mileposts along that lifelong journey that provide us with special opportunities to receive God’s grace and love.

What is Inquiry?

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Inquiry is a spiritual journey that deepens our sense of spirituality and community. Examples of the beginning of Inquiry might be participation in the Lenten Ashes to Easter program, New Steps, participation in our Sunday Liturgies, Days of recollection, retreats, or our own personal experiences that draw us into a need for a deeper sense of community and spirituality. It can come as the result of a great personal tragedy or loss, or as a moment of great happiness and joy such as coming out.

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