I'm Catholic. Now What?

I'm Catholic. Now What?

by Shaun McAfee

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Overview

Welcome to the Catholic Church!

Now that you're officially a Catholic, you are probably wondering, "Now what?"

Shaun McAfee has been where you are. As a convert, he worried that he might not be a "good Catholic." He wanted to take part in the sacraments, really prepare for Mass, learn how to defend and even share his faith, and understand certain Catholic devotions. Yet he wasn't sure how to do any of this, or where to look for answers once RCIA was finished.

If you feel the same way, I'm Catholic. Now What? Is the perfect resource for you!

In ten meaty sections, you'll learn about:

  • How to get started as a new Catholic
  • Customs, courtesies, rules, and traditions
  • Prayer, devotion, and spirituality
  • Getting the most from the sacraments
  • Catholic life day-to-day
  • Morality for Catholics
  • Current issues in the Church and the world
  • Knowing and defending the Faith
  • Evangelization and how to do it
  • Mary, the Church, and the saints

Dip into the sections as you have questions, or dive deeper as you are moved to learn about a particular topic or theme. Use it as a reference when people ask you questions about your new faith.

This resource is also ideal for people considering converting, and even for "cradle Catholics" who are interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shaun McAfee is the author of Reform Yourself! and several other books. He is the founder and editor of EpicPew.com and contributes to many Catholic resources, including Catholic Answers Magazine and his weekly blog at the National Catholic Register. He holds a master's degree in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, is a lay Dominican, and lives with his wife and four children in Vicenza, Italy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681925660
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 11/13/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Shaun McAfee is the author of Reform Yourself! and several other books. He is the founder and editor of EpicPew.com and contributes to many Catholic resources, including Catholic Answers Magazine and his weekly blog at the National Catholic Register. He holds a master's degree in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, is a lay Dominican, and lives with his wife and four children in Vicenza, Italy.

Table of Contents

Read This First 13

Getting Started

1 License to learn 18

2 Get a Bible and read it 21

3 Know your way around the Catechism 25

4 Know (and practice) the precepts of the Church 28

5 Don't be afraid to genuflect 30

6 Heaven is the goal 32

7 Knowledge isn't holiness 34

8 Remember that the Church is perfect, but her members aren't - yet 37

The Sacraments

9 Live the sacraments 42

10 Know how to make a good confession 44

11 Go to confession regularly 49

12 Get to Mass on time and stay till the end 53

13 Where should you sit for Mass? 56

14 Receive holy Communion worthily 58

15 Reserve Sundays for their true purpose 61

16 Try the Latin Mass 64

17 Attend daily Mass 66

18 Go to Eucharistic adoration 68

19 Celebrate the day of your baptism 71

20 Pursue the graces of your marriage 73

21 Live out your confirmation 77

22 Don't forget the anointing of the sick 79

23 Attend an ordination 82

Mary, the Church, and the Saints

24 Cultivate a devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts 86

25 Know the approved Marian apparitions 89

26 Pray to the saints 95

27 Get to know some saints 99

28 Go on a pilgrimage 102

29 Consider joining a Third Order 106

30 Adorn your home with religious articles 108

31 Start a holy card collection 111

Prayer

32 Make the Sign of the Cross 114

33 Pray daily 117

34 Pray with your family 119

35 Prepare a prayer corner 122

36 Learn to pray the Rosary 124

37 Practice mortification 126

38 Learn more about discernment and your vocation 129

39 Holy water - keep it close and use it often 133

40 Have your house blessed 136

41 Grow in appreciation for sacred art 138

42 Get a spiritual director 140

43 Go on a retreat 143

44 Stay at a monastery or rectory 146

45 Seek the grace to pray 148

46 Indulge yourself, categorically speaking 150

47 Attend funerals and pray for the deceased 154

Catholic Life

48 Realize you're going to sin again and again 158

49 Invite your priest over for dinner 160

50 Become a part-time vegetarian 162

51 Have a beer 164

52 Don't be superstitious 166

53 Discover other ways to live your faith 169

54 Read the documents of the Second Vatican Council 172

55 Find your people 175

Customs, Rules, and Basic Etiquette

56 Bishops, priests, and deacons 178

57 The role of the bishop 182

58 Papal elections and how they work 185

59 Get comfortable with nuns and monks 188

60 When to genuflect and when to bow 191

61 Names of objects used in Mass 194

62 Use your missal (not missile) 199

63 What's the priest wearing? 201

64 Learn some Latin 206

Being a Modern Catholic

65 Catholic in the modern world 212

66 Never forget: Evil is real 214

67 Combat relativism 216

68 Don't believe everything you hear 218

69 Read Humanae Vitae 221

70 The truth about contraception 223

71 Save sex for marriage 226

72 What the Church teaches about homosexuality 228

73 Break free from masturbation and pornography 231

74 Teach your kids about healthy sexuality 236

75 Know how to respond to abuse scandals 238

76 Speak out against abortion 243

77 What the Church teaches about euthanasia 247

78 The Church's stance on immigration 250

79 Stop gossiping 253

80 Give, and give out of love 256

81 Reject consumerism 260

Knowing and Defending Your Faith

82 Become an apologist 264

83 Read the Church Fathers 267

84 Can we prove that God exists? 270

85 What the Church teaches about evolution 273

86 Defend against sola scriptura with confidence 276

87 Know your heresies 280

88 Veneration vs. worship: An important distinction 284

89 What is the Immaculate Conception? 287

90 Why can't women be priests? 290

91 Papal impeccability and other common misconceptions 293

92 Discover Church history 297

Evangelization: It's for Everyone

93 Share the Good News with other Catholics 300

94 What is the New Evangelization? 302

95 Watch or read a good conversion story 306

96 Evangelize using these simple actions 308

97 Become a philosopher 313

98 Seek reform, not revolution 316

99 Let your silence speak 318

100 Evangelize your kids 321

Conclusion

Where to Go from Here 324

Appendix: Helpful Resources 325

Notes 332

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