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Annette wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a cradle Catholic who was married in the Catholic Church. We divorced but the marriage was not annulled. I remarried a Christian (Episcopalian) but a non-Catholic. The marriage was civil but blessed my an Episcopalian priest. We have a daughter who was baptized Episcopal. We attend Mass and she is enrolled in religious education. She is being raised Catholic.

  • Can she make her First Communion and receive future sacraments?

Thank you in advance for your response.

Annette

  { With this marital background, can she make her First Communion and receive future sacraments? }

Mary Ann replied:

Annette,

The Church may consent to your daughter making her First Communion if you promise to raise her Catholic. That would be the pastor's decision. In the past, it was granted as a matter of course. You would be encouraged to see if your first marriage was valid, and to pursue full re-incorporation into the Church. Continue to pray, to seek the truth, and attend Mass (bringing your daughter to Mass).

God bless you and your family. I am glad that you are seeking to return to the joy of your youth as the Psalmist puts it.

Mary Ann

Eric replied:

Hi Annette,

Your daughter is Episcopalian owing to her Baptism. The Catechism is a good start and may permit her to be received into the Church more quickly but she still must be received into the Church and properly catechized. Afterwards she can receive the sacraments.

Consult your pastor for the details.

Eric

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