Catholicmatch.com is a faith-based online dating site that specifically allows Catholic singles to meet. The site is under the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel, who is the patron saint of Catholic singles, happy meetings and healing. Their main focus is to introduce catholic singles with one another and encourage faith to be at the center in forming their relationships. Catholicmatch.com has been in the service of helping users for 14 years to easily meet and form relationships based on faith that can ultimately lead to marriage.
Catholicmatch.com started out as a non-profitable site named St.Raphael.net, but has long since relaunched as a pay site in June of 1999. But, you may be able to create a free account. The site, however, does not offer a free trial period for you to see if their service and system works for you.
Your Basic Information
You start your free account by filling out your name, email address, birthdate, gender and civil status on their sign-up page. Once you have done this, you will be asked to answer basic questions about your faith, background, habits and appearance. The basic questions include your height, eye color, hair color, body type and ethnicity. You will also be asked whether you have a tattoo or any piercings. The basic questions also include by asking whether you are free to marry in the Catholic Church. This is important to note because their terms specifically state that their site does not allow and apply to people who are legally married.
Questions about family life, your childhood, lifestyle, which includes whether you go exercising, your diet, even TV routine, down to your political views and opinion on long distance relationships, are some the you will need to answer as well.
Your Catholic Faith
Catholicmatch.com is a faith-based online dating site that largely hinges on the Catholic faith in finding a lifetime partner. You have to answer about your church routine, whether you are considering a religious vocation, which diocese you belong to and the liturgical service that you prefer. You will also be asked about your views and whether you accept the Catholic church’s teachings of contraception, sanctity of life and premarital sex, just to name a few. This means that you have to be a Catholic to answer these questions.
Non-catholics may be able to just randomly pick the answers just so they can register for free. But, it would be difficult in the long run for them to truly relate to the discussions regarding faith and religion once they have found a supposedly good match. And besides, the site highly focuses on faith. And with faith you have to be trustworthy. So, if you are not Catholic, this site may not be for you. I think with these questions asked during the free sign-up is a great thing for really devout Catholics who are looking for their perfect match.
After you have finished answering the questions, you will be asked whether you want to upload pictures to your profile. You can upload photos from your Facebook profile or from your computer. So that others may know you even better, you will be asked to introduce yourself in their “My Own Words” section. If you have difficulty in what to write, guide questions are provided so as to make it easy for you to make an introduction about yourself.
Once you have completed your profile, you can start your search for your match and send messages to other members for free. But, you will not be able to read replies and messages sent to you by other members if you are not a subscriber. So, that is a very big bummer.
If you want to send unlimited messages, send customized emotigrams, participate in private chat and post messages in forums, you need to subscribe with Catholicmatch.com. Their subscription plan starts at $29.95 per month or get discounted renewal pricing if you subscribe for 3 months at $19.95 per month and for 6 months at $12.49 per month.
Catholicmatch.com also has strict profile guidelines in creating your free account. Their customer service team reviews each profile to make that no profanity or abusive language, no content contrary to the Catholic teaching and no restricted contents should be included in the profile. Plus, all content must be in English. So, if you plan to impress with the use of foreign languages, be prepared for your profile to be edited or, worst, rejected.
Despite its limitations using your free account, I believe Catholicmatch.com is a good place to meet people who share the same faith as you. If you are grounded by your faith and religion is something that you consider in a relationship, then it may be right for you. Just get started with the Catholicmatch.com free sign-up, you never know you would get to meet the love of life at their site.