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Yesenia Huizar wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have all my sacraments: First Communion and Confirmation. My fiancé does not; and we want to get married in the Church.

  • What can we do?

I have started going to some classes with him but we thought it was going to be for a short period of time and instead it's for a couple of months.

  • Are there any other alternatives?
  • Maybe an exception?

Thanks,

Yesenia

  { We want to get married in the Church; I have had all my sacraments, but my fiancé hasn't. }

Mike replied:

Hi, Yesenia —

Thanks for the question.

Your pastor would know what is best in your particular situation.

Although there can be exceptions for a shorten period of RCIA or sacramental instruction,
it's not always best for your fiancé or you.

We have to step back and remember:

Receiving the sacraments in a manner that is efficacious for him is not like:

  • driving your car in for:

    • a car wash
    • or oil change.

Having a cognitive understanding of the "dynamite" within the sacraments is key.
All sacraments are encounters with Christ, Our Blessed Lord.

A real problem can occur when sacramental instruction is rushed.

It can end up reflecting the poor catechesis at many parishes in the United States today.

  • If one doesn't know their faith, how can how be expected to practice their faith?

I would encourage both of you to consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as Catholics.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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