Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines & Practices for distinct Church seasons
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home
Homosexual and Gender Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Teresa Lincoln wrote:

Hi, guys —

I converted to the Catholic faith in 2000. I went to our church's RCIA program and did all that was required to join the Church. My ceremony was with other converts but we were not really coached or prepared appropriately. Since I was previously baptized in a Protestant denomination, I did not get baptized in the Catholic Church at our ceremony because they told me I only needed to be baptized once — for the forgiveness of sins and that if I had been previously baptized, I didn't need to be baptized again.

Now some friends of mine say I must stop receiving the sacraments and tell the priest because I had to be baptized Catholic.

  • Is this true and am I damned forever?

I did this unknowingly. Nothing was ever said to me at this parish ever!

  • How can I be baptized now if I am already baptized?

Thank you and I will wait for your response.


  { Because I was not baptized in the Catholic Church do I have to stop receiving the sacraments? }

Mike replied:

Dear Teresa,

Your friends are wrong! Period! and you should notify the priest who brought you into the parish what these friends are saying so they can be corrected.

The priest who brought you into the Church is responsible for ensuring that the Protestant denomination you came from had a valid Trinitarian Baptism. That is one of his key responsibilities, so do not worry.

There is no reason at all why you should stop receiving the sacraments.

If possible, go to Mass daily and Confession on a regular basis. (weekly, biweekly, or monthly).

The Bishops of the United States have recommended Catholic families go to Confession on a monthly basis. Talk to your Confessor about what would be best for you.

I hope this helps,


Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.