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Nicole wrote:

Hi, guys —

I need some advice and guidance.

I have not been baptized but my husband has. He's a Catholic, but is not a practicing Catholic.

Our daughter, who is not baptized, has begun her second year in a Catholic school, because our public school system is awful.

I feel like she is missing out once they start preparing for First Holy Communion and other activities. I guess my questions are:

  • How do I go about becoming a Catholic?
  • Do I need to be baptized in order for my children to be baptized?

Thank You : )

Nicole

  { How do I becoming a Catholic and do I need to be baptized for my children to be baptized? }

Mike replied:

Hi Nicole,

Thanks for the question.

You should make an appointment with the pastor of the Catholic parish where your husband is registered and tell him your interest in becoming a Catholic. He would be able to give you the appropriate advice. You didn't say whether he would have any problems with your daughter joining the Church, so I'll assume he wouldn't.

Neither you nor your daughter can receive Holy Communion until you have been baptized and been received into the Church. There will be no problems having your daughter baptized as long as there is a good hope that she will be raised Catholic.

Each new candidate for Baptism needs one male Catholic Godparent and one female Catholic Godparent, both in good standing with the Church. Talk to your pastor about this, if you think it is an issue; I'm sure he can help.

The following is from this posting:

The Catholic Church is different from the denominations of our separated brethren. In [most Protestant] denominations, most of the time, you have an altar call, and then they teach you about the faith of their denomination.

The Catholic Church wants the new member to know what the Faith is first, before one makes a commitment and statement of faith, a statement of faith that, like the martyrs, one would be willing to die for.

A personal note:

  • If your not willing to die for a faith you believe in, what kind of faith is it?
    • a faith, or
    • a cultural fad?

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.

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Check out our FAQ page too. It has a category that answers your first question.
(How do I become Catholic and related questions.)

Mike

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