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Anonymous wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am in need of some advice. I was born into a Catholic family and baptized at St. John's in Joliet, Montana. My father and mother divorced when I was four years old and my family stopped attending church all together. I knew little of the faith growing up, so I never got any further then baptism.

I joined The Mormon Church in 2001 at the age of 19 and met my wife soon after. She is also a convert to the Mormon Church.

God, is calling me back to the Catholic Church; I want to return and receive the other sacraments I missed out on, but my wife is not interested in joining me. She wants to remain the LDS (church of Latter Day Saints).

  • How can someone make this work?
  • Is it even possible for me to receive the other sacraments I missed out on in the Church?
  • If so, what would I need to do?

Thanks,

Anonymous

  { I want to join the Catholic Church but my wife wants to remain in the [Mormon|LDS] Church. }

Mike replied:

Hi, Anonymous —

Thanks for the question.

If the Lord is calling you home to the Church you have to follow that call.

In the same way, you have to respect your wife's choice to remain with the LDS church, SHE has to respect your right to pursue full communion with the Catholic Church.

In your situation, it appears your parents taught you little to nothing about the faith.

I used to run a free program that sent Catechisms to seeking Protestants and non-Christians but no longer have the financial or operational means to do this anymore. Nevertheless, if you wish to go deeper, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as Catholics.

It will allow you to learn about what you missed AND, most especially, be able to share with your wife what you are learning.

You said:
Is it even possible for me to receive the other sacraments I missed out on in the Church?

YES!, most definitely. All you have to do is find a local Catholic parish near you with a priest known for his holiness and love for the Church.

He will be able to assist you in being able to receive the other sacraments of the Church.
If you sense he doesn't care, just try to find another priest or parish and pray to the Lord for assistance.

Also ask the priest what ministries his parish has that you, and maybe your wife, can participate in.

You said:
If so, what would I need to do?

Make an appointment with him. Just tell him you are a baptized Catholic who has been a Mormon for a while and you want to be a practicing Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church.

I will keep you and your wife in my prayers.

Hope this helps,

Mike

Side note:

I was talking to a colleague about your situation.

He commented that because you are a Mormon, those at the church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) may not take to kindly to your seeking what other faiths believe. 
For that reason, he said, you make not want to participate in the FREE Catechism program because part of the registration requires a first name, last name and full postal address.

If this is an issue, you can give me a "made up" first and last name and e-mail me a "safe" postal address where I can send the Catechism to, without anyone else knowing.

I strive a lot to discourage this because, as a fellow Christian, I enjoy building friendships with participants in my programs. Therefore, I'm interested in their REAL first and last name.

Later, when you feel you can open up more, you can e-mail me your REAL first and last name.

Anonymous replied:

Hello, thanks for all the information! : )

Would we have to go through another marriage ceremony?

We have already been married twice and don't feel we have to going through another ceremony.

  • Are there any other options?

Thanks,

Anonymous

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Anonymous —

You may return to the Church. Since you formally joined the Mormons, your marriage is judged as that of a non-Catholic, and therefore valid, as long as neither of you were married before.

You may certainly return to the faith, even if your wife doesn't, and you may receive all your sacraments.

If she refuses to live in peace about your conversion, the marriage can be dissolved, if you wish, by something called the Pauline Privilege, because life in the Lord supercedes natural life.

Mary Ann

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