Catholic Match Review – Is this dating site worth it?
Overall Catholic Match Review Rating by Our Staff
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Catholic Match Review
Site Name: Catholic Match
Paid or Free: Free trial with ability to search matches, paid account needed to message
Average Sign Up Time: 5-10 minutes
Paid Membership Pricing: Full membership plans start at $12.49 a month
“CatholicMatch is under the patronage of St. Raphael the Archangel…the patron saint of Catholic singles, happy meetings & healings.”
Whoa! Five stars…really? Yup. When we first started our Catholic Match review, we were immediately immersed in a slideshow of successful matches and marriages that have blossomed from the site. From our experience reviewing online dating sites, it’s always a positive when you can tell that a site cares about the success of its members. Too often, sites worry too much about fancy features that just sound cool and forget that their real goal is helping people find love.
As the site is dedicated towards Catholic singles, it’s great also to see right away that the site is endorsed by A TON of distinguished people within the Catholic faith. Not only is this a positive sign that the site has its priorities straight, but it also really gets them a lot of brownie points on the trust and reliability side of things.
During our Catholic Match review, we found that they do a great job of setting themselves apart as the top choice for Catholic singles looking to date online. The company run by a small group from a small town understands the struggles that those wanting to respect their religious wants and needs face when dating. The bottom line from our review is that if you’re looking for love and your faith is important to you, then you need to check our Catholic Match today.
Incredibly quick and easy sign up
Free trial to see matches (use link below)
Faith-based and centered
Backed by notable Catholic figures
No messaging with free account
Are there good, quality matches on this site?
A site needs three criteria for us to consider them having great matches. They need to have quality people on the site, they need to have a lot of those people, and those people need to have been active recently.
One of our favorite features from the Catholic Match review was the ability to search based on last activity date.** This allows us to quickly see how many matches there are and how recently they’ve been on the site. An online dating site can have millions of profiles from millions of beautiful people, but if none of them are active on the site or have already found that special someone, what good does it do?
**Note: We had some people let us know they were having trouble finding this on the search functions page. If you click on the miscellaneous tab, there is an option that says “Active With” and that is where you can search only by people who have been active on Catholic Match within a certain period of time. We’ve included a screenshot to help you out.
To complete our Catholic Match review, we ran a bunch of general searches for different age brackets for different geographical areas that had been active within the last 90 days. Our searches consistently returned thousands of results for wider geographical areas and hundreds of results for tighter geographical constraints. We made sure to look at these What does this mean? There are A LOT of people that are on Catholic Match that have been active recently.
That’s two out of the three review criteria we need to give them the go ahead. The final we need is for the matches to be quality. Quality to us means that the profiles are filled out, pictures are loaded up, and it looks like the matches are current and care about finding love. One of the best things about Catholic Match is they require you to fill out parts of your profile before you get to the matches.
This means that every profile we saw on there was filled out and most people had added pictures and come back in and really put some work into their profiles. The site knocked it out of the park in regards to quality, and it looked to be people of all different levels of their faith. Don’t worry; all of that is searchable so you can see the specific matches that you are looking for.
Here’s the best part. If you want to see for yourself before you invest your time and money into the site, you can do that with the completely free trial. Just click one of the green buttons on this page, and you will automatically receive the free trial membership.
How easy is the site to use?
One of the best things we loved about Catholic Match right off the bat was that they allow you to create your account using Facebook. Now I know a lot of you are probably saying, “Nope. I’m not linking my Facebook account. I don’t want my friends and family knowing I’m dating online.” Here’s the good news. You have complete control over what goes onto your profile. They also NEVER post to your Facebook wall or anything like that. It’s simply used as a way of saving you the time from having to fill out all the “paperwork” that some other online dating sites require.
The sign-up process for Catholic Match was incredibly easy and quick to get through. At the risk of you thinking we just say this about every site (we promise we don’t), the sign-up process was the best we’ve seen. They keep you posted on how far along you are and the whole thing took under 10 minutes to have a fully populated profile ready to start matching with people.
They also asked some really neat questions about personal habits and religious preferences that we thought were great questions to match someone with. They weren’t your standard stuffy questions that don’t get to the heart of who you are or who your potential mates are.
It took us about six minutes flat to finish our profile and begin searching through matches. Bravo Catholic Match. Bravo.
Navigating the Matches
As we continued our Catholic Match review, we continued to be impressed. Profiles are arranged neatly with all pertinent information organized well. Profiles have a quick view to help you see things fast, a tab for appearance info, a faith-specific section, a background section, photos, and a nice intro from the match about themselves.
And the bottom half of the profile…(They are fairly long vertically at Catholic Match).
The Faith-Based Questions
As you can see from the above screenshot, there are quite a few questions about faith that Catholic Match asks. Here’s the complete list of what you can expect to answer and what you can see from the matches you are interested in.
- Mass Attendance
- Considering Religious Vocation
- Liturgical Preference
- Eucharist (Your view on it)
- Contraception (Your view on it)
- Sanctity of Life (Your view on it)
- Papal Infallibility (Your view on it)
- Premarital Sex (Your view on it)
- Immaculate Conception (Your view on it)
- Holy Orders (Your view on it)
Additionally, they have the background questions that you’ll fill out during sign up neatly laid out. At the time of our last update to our Catholic Match review, these are the questions they were asking you to answer. You also weren’t required to answer any of these, but most people’s profiles we looked at had them filled out. Some of these still had to do with Catholic related things. They also asked a lot more interesting questions than we’ve seen from most other dating sites. This might be the first site we’ve seen that asked what your birth order was or who you were raised by. While these things don’t define who you are as a person, they can be interesting talking points and for some people they do have an effect on how they live their life.
- Free to Marry in the Catholic Church
- Raised By
- Birth Order
- Ideal # of Kids
- Exercise (how often you do it)
- Eating Out
- Drinking Habits
- Television Habits
- Relocating (can you and are you open to doing it?)
- Primary Schooling
- Employment Status
- Have Children
- Family Ties
- Grew Up
- Early Bird or Night Owl
- Political Views
- Smoking Habits
- Long-distance Relationship
One thing you’ll see through both of these sets of questions is that Catholic Match gets the “tough” questions out of the way early on in the process so you don’t end up wasting your time chasing a match that doesn’t mesh with one of your deal breakers. Don’t want kids and their ideal number of kids is two? It’s probably not going to work out. Wan’t someone willing to relocate to where you are but they put that they can’t? It might be best to try with someone else in your area or that is willing to relocate.
They have a ton of different ways for you to search through the matches including a few unique ones we hadn’t seen before. They had a photo collage of all the new photos that had been uploaded to the site that you could click on and then go to that match.
Overall, the interface was slick, things were easy to find, and we had a lot of fun flipping through the site. Whoever designed Catholic Match knew what they were doing and had the ease of use of the end user in mind.
Are there any great features?
We love us some features here as long as they are functional and help to achieve the end goal of finding love. Our Catholic Match review shows that they were great in the features category. They weren’t perfect, but they were great. Let’s talk about what we liked and what we didn’t like.
The Search Function
First, the search function was great. You had instant access (even with the free trial) to search with every parameter you want. You could literally iron out the perfect man or woman for you within the search and see only those specific results. Additionally, Catholic Match allows you to save searches for quicker access to your ideal matches. You can even save multiple searches if there are multiple types of people you are looking for? (We can’t really think of why you would need multiple searches, but the functionality is there if you need it).
One thing we’d like to see is the ability to adjust and sort search results in real-time. If you want to change something within your search, you have to use the back button, change it, and search again. Some online dating sites will allow you to change with options on a sidebar in real-time. While this is something we like to see, it’s certainly not a deal breaker by any means; we’re just picky. You can sort your matches by standard sort (which we believe is by how well they match your search criteria), distance, or age. Distance goes with closest first and age starts with the youngest. We understand that closer is better, but who decided younger was better? Yea, we might just be bitter because we’re a bit older. Disregard us 🙂
The Photo Wall
During our Catholic Match review, the photo wall of newly uploaded photos was one of our favorite features. This was a collage of photos that you’d see from your member home area with all of the new photos that members in your area had recently uploaded. It was a really cool way to see a ton of potential matches really quickly. One quick tip when you use this…it took us a second to figure out how to get to the person’s profile after we clicked on their picture if we were interested. The person’s username and details will be on the top right of the screen after you click on the picture. If you just click on that, it will take you to their full dating profile.
The Catholic Match Blog
As you can also see from the screenshot above, our Catholic Match review unearthed a pretty cool blog for Catholic singles. While you might imagine we are pretty partial to our blog being awesome sauce, theirs is actually pretty cool as well. Maybe our blog and their blog can hang out and grab a drink one day? Blogs need love too.
Catholic Match also has a really cool discussion forums section that can be a great way to get conversations started or just interact with other Catholic singles. You will need to have a paid account to participate in the discussion.
Overall, we were impressed with our review of Catholic Match’s features. They had everything you needed, but not too much that it ended up being overkill. They focused on what was important and didn’t over complicate things.
Tell me about the customer support.
During our Catholic Match review, we saw that they had an EXTENSIVE forum for help which is AWESOME to see! We actually sat around trying to come up with questions that they didn’t have covered already and didn’t have much luck. This is great to see. On top of that, they have a community forum for you to ask other members for help.
On top of all of that, they have email support and a help ticket support option available right on the side. This is by far some of the most extensive help options we’ve seen on a site which is, of course, a great sign. Not only is it great if you need help, but it shows you that the people running the site actually care about you and care that you have a great experience.
It’s hard to have any suggestions for them to improve their help sections because it looks like they have everything covered.
Price | How much does Catholic Match cost?
Now that you’ve made it through our Catholic Match review, you’re probably asking how much money it’s going to cost you to get into the action. The site follows the same cost structure as some of the big dating sites in the industry. They allow you to create a free account and search through matches all that you want. When you want to message someone that you like, though, you do need to purchase one of their paid plans.
|Membership Type||Membership Length||Membership Cost||Total Overall Cost|
|Premium Membership||1 Month||$29.95 per month||$29.95 total|
|Premium Membership||3 Month||$19.95 per month||$59.85 total|
|Premium Membership||6 Month||$12.49 per month||$74.94 total|
Pricing wise the site was in line with most of the rest of the industry. For a one month plan, you would be paying just under $30. If you signed up for a three-month plan, you’d be paying just under $20 a month. And if you signed up for their biggest plan which was six-months, you’d be paying just over $12 a month which is very affordable.
Keep in mind that all plans are billed as a one-time payment meaning that you will pay for every month of your plan up front. We’ve conveniently calculated those amounts for you in the chart above. That’s not an upfront initiation fee or anything like that. Catholic Match is just billing you for the full membership up front (which is why you get a discount for paying for a longer term membership). This is standard industry practice across almost every site in the online dating world.
The six-month plan also comes with their Catholic Match Guarantee. If you don’t meet someone special within the first six months, they will give you the next six months for free. Hopefully, you meet someone special and this doesn’t even apply to you, but it’s nice to know that it’s there if you do end up needing a little more time. Sometimes God’s timing is not in line with what we want it to be.
Here’s the criteria you need to meet in order to qualify for cashing in on the Catholic Match guarantee.
- Sign up for a 6-month subscription (conveniently referred to as the “Guarantee Subscription” by the company)
- Be free to marry in the Catholic Church
- You have to create a complete and accurate profile with at least five photos of you. They do this because they want to know that you’re at least putting in the effort to try and find someone special.
- You need to communicate with at least one unique member of the opposite sex weekly. This seems like a lot to us, but maybe it really isn’t. As long as you are sending at least one message a week to someone new then you’re still going to be eligible for the Catholic Match guarantee if you don’t end up finding someone special. Just keep this in mind if this is important to you.
- When your account is done, you’ll be able to see on your “Account” page whether or not you are eligible for the guarantee. If you are, they will give you the additional six months for free.
As far as we can see, this is a one-time deal so don’t expect to keep getting membership after membership extension if you’re not having any luck. Also, if you do have any questions before or during the process, don’t hesitate to reach out to their customer service and see if they can help answer your question. It’s better to ask any questions before taking advantage of a promotion instead of after when there is a problem.
So, with the 6-month membership, instead of paying $12 a month, you’re actually only paying a little over $6 a month if you don’t hit it out of the park in the first six months. Sites that back up their product with free claims like this get all the brownie points in our book.
Overall, our Catholic Match review left us very satisfied and confident that this site is a great fit for Catholic singles looking for something serious. If your faith is not that important to you or you’re just looking for a fling, this site is probably not going to be a good fit for you.