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Taunia Canchola Morales wrote:

Hi, guys —

My husband is Catholic and I wish to become a Catholic as well. We would like to get married in the Church but I was told I would have to go in front of the whole parish. I have a real bad fear of being in front of people.

  • Is this true?

Taunia

  { I would like to be married in the Catholic Church but have a fear of being in front of people. }

Eric replied:

Hi, Taunia —

Typically, it is, but I suspect the pastor would be more than happy to arrange something — perhaps it can be done in private or you can sit at the front pew and he can do it there.

Eric

Mary Ann replied:

Taunia,

Usually when people join the Church, they go through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, (RCIA) and that involves a few Sundays of being up in front of the congregation (but with your back to them) and being in front of the congregation at the Easter Vigil when you are baptized or make a profession of faith, perhaps again, with your back being to the congregation. This is the ordinary way. However, you can also be admitted to the Church privately, though you may need to take the classes with the group that does RCIA, though sometimes people take private instruction.

As for the wedding, that can be private — you two, the priest, and another witness you choose. Take your problems to your pastor.

Seeing you may be preparing to take RCIA classes in the near future, I would encourage you to consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as faithful Catholics.

God bless.

Mary Ann

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