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Liz wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was:

  • raised Catholic
  • attended Catholic school through the 12th grade
  • belonged to youth group, and
  • was very involved in the Church

however after the passing of my Grandfather during my first year of college, I never went back to church.

I am now 33 and married to a non-practicing Methodist. The ceremony was conducted by a Methodist pastor in a non-denominational chapel. We have a 21 month-year-old son who is not baptized who I would like to have baptized. I have been worried that our local Catholic parish will turn us down. I would also like our son to go to the Catholic school, like I did, so he could have the opportunity to have the same wonderful spiritual experience I did.

  1. Will they baptize our son if we don't currently belong to a church?
  2. Is he allowed to be baptized if:
    • only one of us is Catholic and
    • we weren't married in a Catholic Church?
  3. Will they baptize our son even though he is now almost 2-years-old?

Thank you.

Liz

  { If we weren't married in the Church can our children still be baptized and educated Catholic? }

Mike replied:

Hi Liz,

Thanks for the question.

All Catholics have to be married according to form. Read this posting to understand what this means:

Although you were married outside the Church, you can still ask to have your marriage convalidated by the Church, which your spouse would have to agree to.

In order for your children to be baptized in the Church, there has to be a good hope you will raise them Catholic.

For this to happen the Church would assume you:

  • understand and know what the Church teaches, and
  • practice that faith.

Personally speaking, it's great! Through the Eucharist you are able to let the work of Jesus really manifest itself in the world because you are weekly renewing your covenant and partaking in Divine Nature when receiving the Blessed Sacrament.

Your spouse doesn't have to become Catholic or make any promise other then witness you raising your children with Catholic values without interfering.

It's very important both of you have a good one on one conversation about this and if you are willing to go forward, just make an appointment with the pastor at your local Catholic parish.

What you said about a Catholic education, in most cases, is absolutely true. Besides the wonderful spiritual experience, when compared to public schools, Catholic schools out score public schools time and time again.

I think this is also why so many non-Catholics send their children to Catholic schools.

I hope this helps,

Mike

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