A Catholic Convert in Ottawa

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to This Blog

Posted on: December 3, 2012

Okay, not funny. More like life-changing.

As the site name tells you, I haven’t always been a Catholic. Baptized, confirmed and married Anglican, I attended an Anglican church for years, some of that time with my husband. Then we joined a non-denominational congregation for a couple of years. Returning to Ottawa from southern Ontario meant finding a new place to worship. Lent 2011 found us at a local Catholic church.

We knew many of the prayers and hymns. But the congregation actively participated in the service by sitting, standing, kneeling, making the sign of the cross, praying and singing. Candles on the altar, votives in the chapel, icons, statues and stained-glass windows added to the atmosphere. Worshipping in this church involved all the senses. We enjoyed the service and decided to return.

Catholic edition of the Bible

Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

Yet I also wanted to learn more about the Church. I had questions about the Virgin Mary, the saints, the Pope, purgatory, confession, and so on. I turned to books like George Weigel’s The Truth of Catholicism, Scott and Kimberly Hahn’s Rome Sweet Home, and the Catechism. I read a Catholic edition of the Bible and prayed with the rosary I’d purchased. And of course we attended Mass regularly, along with parish events. Over time, I felt I’d found my church home…in the Catholic Church.

That spring, I signed up for classes leading to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). My husband decided to make the journey with me. In October 2011, our son professed his faith before the congregation and was received into the Church. We joined at the beautiful Easter vigil service on April 7, 2012. Being able to receive Communion meant fully participating in Mass—at last!

So that’s the beginning of my life in the Church. My plan for this blog is to share resources I discover, information on news and events in the diocese, and my thoughts on life from a Catholic’s perspective. And my hope is that you’ll read along and share your thoughts with me along the way.


2 Responses to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to This Blog"

Ottawa is one of my favourite places in Ontario. (I’m in southern Ontario) We spent our holidays there this past summer and went to Mass at St. Patrick’s Basilica and St. Mary’s Church. Welcome to the Catholic church and to blogging.

Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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