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Brett Weingart wrote:

Hi, guys —

My wife and I were married and later baptized in the United Church of Christ.

  • Can I be baptized into the Catholic Church and receive Holy Communion if my wife does not wish to join?

Thank you,


  { Can I be baptized and receive Holy Communion if my wife does not wish to join me? }

Paul replied:

Dear Brett,

You may become Catholic, with or without your wife, and it might not be necessary to be
re-baptized. If the minister of your former church poured water or immersed the person, and used the Trinitarian formula, as cited by Jesus at the end of Matthew's gospel, it is probably a valid Baptism.

What you would need to do is receive instruction through what is usually called an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program, then receive Confirmation and the Eucharist to be initiated into the Catholic Church.

Please contact the pastor of the nearest Catholic parish of your choosing to discuss all of these issues and welcome!, in advance, to God's Church of which Jesus Christ:

  • founded, and
  • works through

for the sake of our salvation.


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