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Hailey wrote:

Hi there!

I am a baptized Methodist who grew up going to Church on occasion, but not regularly. My fiancé:

  • is Catholic
  • would like a Catholic wedding, and
  • hopes to baptize our children Catholic as well.

I agree with all the teachings of the Catholic Church and I would like to become one.

I am curious what steps I must take to join.

  • Is my baptism considered valid?
  • Need I be baptized again?
  • How long will it take?

Thanks,

Hailey

  { Seeing I would like to become Catholic, is my baptism valid, and how long would it take? }

Mike replied:

Hi Hailey,

Thanks for the question.

This is a common question; it's even in our searchable knowledge base:

http://www.AskACatholic.com/SiteSearch

There are a lot of quick answers there, so give it a try.

I searched the knowledge base for you and found these web postings that should help:

Fr. Jonathan may have more to add but basically:

Just make an appointment with the pastor of your hubby's parish and he can take it from there.
Most, if not all, the time we do recognize the validity of a Methodist baptism. In replying to this question, Fr. Jonathan sent me a list of Baptisms the Church views as both valid and invalid.

This is important because a person can only be baptized once. If the pastor is unsure, he would have you conditionally baptized like this:

"If you are not baptized, <Name>, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

The length of time it takes for you to join the Church will vary from person to person but usually RCIA classes start in September and you would be received into the Church during the Easter Vigil around April. Some think this is a long time, but there are important reasons behind this like:

  • learning what we believe as Catholics, and
  • meeting new friends and family with which you can build community, and
  • discovering various ministries the local parish has to offer.

Between now and when you enter the Church I would take advantage of our database search. We have answered a lot of questions, some that the Catechism has not cover.

If you are interested in the awesome history we have, check out my other web site dedicated to the Early Church Fathers. They were the very first Christians that succeeded the Apostles.

Many question, even today, whether Catholics are real Christians. On this web site, I let the reader decide. I quote from those who lived from 100 A.D. to 787 A.D. within three divided patristic eras, then I allow the reader to compare what they said back then to what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says today and let them decide if the teachings are in agreement:

I use 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.

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.

I hope this helps,

Mike

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi, Hailey —

  • Yes
  • No
  • Probably until next Easter

Fr. Jonathan

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