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Heather Orkin wrote:

Hi, guys —

My husband and I are considering joining the Catholic Church but I honestly don't have any idea of how to go about it.

Neither I nor my daughter (She is almost 4 years old.) have ever been baptized and my husband was raised Jewish. We would like to send her to Catholic school but in order to do this she must be baptized.

  • If she is baptized into the Catholic Church, do we also have to be baptized into the Church as well or does it matter?

I'm so confused! I have been to all denominations of churches and don't really subscribe to one religion but do believe in God and Jesus Christ. Anyway, I just found this web site and thought someone could help me.

Thanks,

Heather

  { My husband and I are considering joining the Catholic Church but don't know the process. }

John replied:

Hi, Heather —

Thanks for the question:

Let's start with the easy part. Your daughter doesn't need to be a baptized Catholic to attend most Catholic schools. I attended Catholic school from the (3rd) grade through High School.
Over the course of my years there, I had several classmates who were not Catholic and some not even Christian.

Now it's wonderful that your family wants to enter the Church. The first thing to do is to find and enter a good RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. By good program, I mean the parish priest, and those involved in the program, need to be faithful to Rome and the Pope. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. If you tell us where you live, perhaps we can help you locate one in your diocese.

Entering an RCIA program only means you are in the searching stage. Neither one of you are baptized and your husband has a Jewish background, so there is no need to rush through things without really understanding things. Typically baptized Christians go through the program between September and April and enter the Church at Easter. That's really too fast for someone who doesn't have a Christian upbringing and besides you really need to be committed.

Catholicism isn't a buffet. A Catholic can't choose to accept one doctrine and reject another.
That doesn't mean we can't and don't struggle to understand and accept doctrines but ultimately someone entering the Church must be convinced the Church is the one Christ founded on Peter and Apostles. As such, we are bound to submit to Her Teaching Authority, even if it doesn't make complete sense to us right away. In other words, we are saying the Church knows more than we do.

Getting to this point may take a while and that's fine. This is a journey which you should allow that Holy Spirit to lead both you and your husband.

John

Mike replied:

Hi, Heather —

I created a web page that specifically answers this question.

Here is an answer we gave to a similar couple:

Seeing your husband is Jewish, he may find this web site VERY interesting:

The Association of Hebrew Catholics

Mike
P.S. If interested, check out my FREE Catechism program
http://www.askacatholic.com/CCCFPP

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