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WishToBecomeCatholic wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm a young female who was never baptized who wishes to become part of the Catholic faith. My husband of four years is Catholic. We were married in the Catholic Church and we went through the mandatory training before making our promise before God.

My problem is a chronic illness I've been struggling with for over two years now. This illness makes me unable to leave the house on some days and planning anything on a more-than day-to-day basis is very difficult as I never know how I'll feel before my day actually starts.

  • Will be possible for me to study the Catholic faith and become part of this faith, doing most of the studies and work from home?

I understand, of course, there are certain [meetings/events] I will have to attend but because I'm so limited, I was hoping there is some way for me to do most the work from home.

I have tried doing some research on this subject, but so far I've come up empty handed.

Thank you for this great service, donations will be made as a thank-you.

WishToBecomeCatholic

  { Since I have a chronic illness, can I still become a Catholic by studying at home? }

Mike replied:

Dear WishingToBecomeCatholic,

It is fortunate that you sent us this question.

Besides what my colleagues and I can provide for an answer I’m sending this to Fr. Jonathan and a good friend, Rob Coutinho, who is Catholic and like you, has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), though your illness may differ. Both of you may find it helpful to share trails and victories with this illness. Tell me if you want to exchange e-mails.

That said, here’s my two cents.

If your illness is really debilitating, you may be able to watch a T.V. Mass and have an Extraordinary Ministry of the Eucharist come weekly to bring you the Blessed Sacrament. As to the studying aspect, I would be interested in what others think. Personally, I don’t see any problem with learning the faith at home. The key to being a faithful Catholic is:

  • Knowing the faith and
  • Practicing it by your actions

I’m sure your husband’s pastor can:

  • get you on the right road, and
  • discern the best path for you based on your specific illness and how debilitating it.

There will be nuances for each person with any chronic illness so we can’t give one answer.

I also found this posting in our database that Rob answered for us:

I hope this helps, and . . . Welcome to the Family!!

Mike

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Dear WishToBecome,

Talk to your pastor. I am sure he will be accommodating.

Fr. Jonathan

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