Where do I start?

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Registered: 01-29-2012
Where do I start?
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 6:31pm


I was raised by a Southern Baptist father and an Episcopalian mother. While my father was extremely strict in his religion (Think the worse of the stereotypes about S. Baptist!) and my mother was very open. I do not affiliate with any denomination and even when I don't agree with certain aspects of various religions, I try to keep an open mind. I am a mother of 2 now and I want to provide the resources for my children to make an educated decision about their individual religious beliefs. My (almost) 8 year old has proclaimed that he is Catholic and he has stuck to this claim for well over a year now despite never setting foot in a Catholic church. I have to admit that I know very little about Catholicism! I want to encourage his decision even if it is not my forte. I believe that one of the most important aspects about religion is just having that faith! Are there any good books for a child his age that could better educate him about the religion? What books would be good for me to read in order to better understand and guide him? This has been weighing on my mind for a while now.

Thank you!


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Registered: 01-27-2012
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 7:32am
I'd get in touch with your local priest. When I did my first communion at 8, there was a book issued as part of the religious education class that went over the fundamentals and had discussion points.

My family was originally all Catholic but now we have Baptists, Methodists and non-denominationals - when it comes down to it, the 'essentials' that give us the description 'Christian' are pretty much the same. Perhaps denominations are another sort of Tower of Babel?

I'm a practicing Catholic (since birth/baptism) but I attended a Protestant school and a Southern Baptist college. And while at college, I attend all sorts of denominational churches. I think it's awesome you're allowing your child the freedom to choose. I'm so happy my parents let me.

- JM

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Tue, 01-31-2012 - 11:13am
Welcome to the board, Rhiannon. If your son is interested in the Catholic faith, I agree that it's probably best to contact your local parish. I would take him to a Sunday mass and see what he thinks. If he wants to learn more, he could take CCD classes after school. If you want to learn more, most churches have programs to introduce you to the faith.

My son is 8, and he attends Catholic school (I converted in 2001, DH is a "cradle Catholic," but is pretty hands-off). They have a textbook and a workbook they use.

Has your son tried to explain why he's interested in being Catholic?

One really good book I picked up when I was taking my classes was called This is Our Faith: http://www.amazon.com/This-Our-Faith-Catholic-Catechism/dp/0877936536/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328026291&sr=8-1

It explains very well what Catholics believe and breaks down and explains the mass. When I was taking my classes, they gave us another good booklet, which is why I echo the idea of contacting your local parish. They are a very good source of information.