A Catholic Identity Card.

I do carry various articles of faith on me such as a Rosary and a Holy Card, as well as a small Mass card as a reminder for me of the new Order of the Mass that was introduced in our parish just before August 2011.  I often feel partial to carrying a favourite Prayer Book  with me that I use during the Adoration of the Eucharist. This booklet I keep on me not only for use during Adoration, but also to read during a ‘spare’ five minutes here and there. I’ve always felt sure comforted to know that if anything untoward happened to me  in case of emergency, someone is sure to know that I’ m Catholic if they were to go through my belongings.

Earlier today when I read about the new initiative by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales I asked myself, ‘Why haven’t I thought about this before?:  A card communicating that its carrier is a baptised Catholic!!’ What a fantastic idea. There will be absolutely no doubt now that if I were to be in an accident or become seriously ill, a Catholic priest will be called to my side. (Something I think every Catholic wants to be assured of.)

I eagerly await the arrival of this little card that will identify me as Catholic and act as a reminder to me of my responsibilities as a Catholic in society

Follow this link for more details: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/faith-card-news

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  1. cinhosa

     /  February 2, 2012

    Cool idea!

    Inspired by a men’s program that I am in this year at my parish, I created business cards that describe me at a person, not a professional. Here’s a link to it: http://cinhosa.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/cinhosa-cards.png

    I was writing in a coffee shop the other day and I noticed a man who was there, reading the Bible. As I was leaving, I asked him if he was reading the Bible. We talked him and gave him my card.

    It was an interesting turn in the conversation when he asked me if I was “a member of a community?” I said, yes, I attend Queen of Peace (obviously a Catholic parish).

    Although he did not say it, I think he’s a non-Catholic Christian because there was a change in his demeanor. It seemed that he was not comfortable with a Catholic presenting him with a Christian business card. It would be interesting to know what he was thinking at this point.

    It was a bummer because I wanted to know more about his ministry to young fathers and I told him I was willing to reference him on the blog. I haven’t heard from him – close to a week now.

    In any case, such cards are one way to give people something to think about when they meet you.

  2. I love the idea of using the card as an introduction to who you are. You never know, he may call in the future?
    So disappointing as a Catholic when you’re perceived as something other than a Christian. It’s indicative of ignorance on their part, really.
    Thanks for sharing.


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