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Calling Catholics .... help please

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Mosschops30 Wed 01-Jun-05 10:13:09

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Pinotmum Wed 01-Jun-05 10:17:39

I think you need to speak to your parish Priest and get his views. I know when dd was baptised we were "interviewed". The priest will want o know how/where your ds will get his catholic guidance from. We also had to have 2 practicing catholic godparents which we found hard I don't attend church regularly now and dd attends a non-faith school so someone else who is a practicing catjolic may have more help for you.

bossykate Wed 01-Jun-05 10:36:18

i have just been having a look on the internet for you, but couldn't find anything.

i'd guess that for infant/children's baptisms you would need to be catholic yourself or your dh would. i think the reason for this would be you are making the baptism vows on behalf of your child - i'd guess you wouldn't be able to do this unless at least one parent was catholic.

that's just a guess though, i will see if i can find out more.

AnnieQ Wed 01-Jun-05 10:41:19

Just out of interest, why do you want your ds baptised as a Catholic if neither you nor your dh have a faith? I think that the Catholic Church would be reluctant to baptise a child where the family are obviously not practicing Catholics.

Mae1 Wed 01-Jun-05 13:00:15

I agree with AnnieQ - being a Catholic myself, regular attender @ Mass and two baptised children (one of which starts local Catholic primary in Sept) I would ask why you suddenly want your child to be baptised. I think the local Parish priest would ask the same Q - if it is something you want to convert to as well - that may be a different issue. Saying that though - it may depend on the Priest - they're not all strict nowadays!!!

Listmaker Wed 01-Jun-05 13:04:43

I don't think either you or your dh have to be Catholics but you would have to show that you were willing to support your dd's faith and bring her to Mass (as you already do). You need at least one Catholic god-parent (don't think they check about the practising bit - or even that they are Catholic tbh!!).

fireflyfairy2 Wed 01-Jun-05 13:19:36

Actually, one or other of the parents do have to be a catholic...

I have a mixed marriage, and was married in a catholic church.. we had to agree to bring our babies up in that faith.

As has been said before, if neither you or your DH are practising catholics, why do you want your child baptised as one? Who will be her guidance in learning about her faith, it helps a child understand more if the parents/parent/godparent is able to help out.

Tommy Wed 01-Jun-05 13:22:23

Listmaker is right from the "legal" point of view. Your priest will be able to answer a few more questions you have and will probably ask you why you want the RC church and bot Cof E like your DD and you. I'm sure he'll be very happy to help!
Good luck

Mosschops30 Wed 01-Jun-05 17:10:46

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Tommy Wed 01-Jun-05 17:20:19

If you say that to the priest (although maybe in a slightly differnt way )i'll think he realise why you want DS baptised and be very pleased!

Mosschops30 Wed 01-Jun-05 17:25:25

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Tommy Wed 01-Jun-05 21:46:39

sorry - does that not make sense?
What I meant was that that sounds like a lovely reason - it sounds like you feel "at home" there and I'm sure the priest will understand that and be very welcoming. What I meant about not saying it like that was perhaps not saying to him that you thought the classes were weird - but that yu didn't get on eith them or felt that they weren't quite for you or something like that.

Sorry - hope that's clearer now - I'm always doing that here - trying to say something supportive and encouraging and ending up in a complete muddle.
Good luck anyway!

Mosschops30 Thu 02-Jun-05 09:41:16

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Tommy Thu 02-Jun-05 21:04:39

That will be lovely - have a great time

Aimsmum Thu 02-Jun-05 21:19:34

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