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HELP! I’ve Just Become a Catholic — Now What?

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Katrina Fernandez - published on 03/29/16

5: Live your new faith

This is one of the most difficult parts, in my opinion. At times it can feel like cultural appropriation, claiming a religion who haven’t been brought up in. But remember the Church is universal and Catholicism is practiced on every corner of the globe. If you practice your faith everyday through prayer and the use of the sacraments, it will begin to feel as natural to you as breathing. Confession keeps us accountable, so make frequent use of it.

6: Remember why you became Catholic

When, in 10 years from now, your faith doesn’t feel so fresh anymore, look back to the moments in your life that made you take the final plunge into the Tiber. Always celebrate your “birthday” by attending every Easter Vigil so you can share and relive vicariously that wonder of your First Communion with those walking the same path you walked.

Converting to Catholicism is an act of will, and so is staying Catholic. Remember that and pray daily and you’ll be all right.

Katrina Fernandez has a PhD in being single, and a master’s in single parenting with a concentration in Catholic guilt. She’s been writing about these and other life-survival topics for more than a decade. Submit all questions to

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