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Glasgow Catholics- expat christening; possible?

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salvage Wed 15-Jun-16 16:24:03

We live abroad but will be back for a few weeks in July, we'd like to get our DS christened but friends have had to do baptism classes over the course of a month.
Is this the case in all parishes or will we be able to find a priest willing to baptize ds on short notice?

lavenderdoilly Wed 15-Jun-16 16:26:21

Non Glasgow Catholic here - in England. We didn't have pre baptism classes.

salvage Wed 15-Jun-16 16:30:58

Thanks lavender, we didn't have them for dd a few years ago, hoping it was just a phase.
I had to do marriage classes and counselling but my sister didnt!

lavenderdoilly Wed 15-Jun-16 16:43:28

Our marriage counselling was fab. The priest said "what do I know? I'm a celibate man. Be kind - that's all the help I can be here". Pretty good advice, I thought.

salvage Wed 15-Jun-16 17:06:20

We got an hour on the billings method of contraception, very interesting.

lavenderdoilly Wed 15-Jun-16 17:14:51

Ha - is that the one with the thermometersgrin

salvage Wed 15-Jun-16 17:18:04

Maybe I just remember lots of descriptions of discharge at certain times of the month, and how stretchy or not etc.

DrWhooves Wed 15-Jun-16 17:20:56

I'm a catholic in Scotland but not Glasgow and I didn't have to attend any classes, just a meeting with the priest a couple of weeks beforehand. We do go to that church every week and the priest knows us as regular attendees though so I don't know if that makes a difference.

WankersHacksandThieves Wed 15-Jun-16 18:42:08

Not Glasgow, but Edinburgh experience. Catholic priest wouldn't baptise my nieces youngest as he said they weren't going to church often enough. Between work and kids sports commitments her DH was taking their 3 DC probably once or twice a month. They as a couple had done their classes to get married (DN isn't catholic) and got married in church, they'd had elder two baptised and they attended catholic school. She really wanted the 3rd one done as a small baby but in the end he was 4 and possibly not being able to go to school with his siblings before they relented. In the end my neice just said, "fine, I won't have him raised as catholic then and I'll get the older ones converted elsewhere too". Strangely enough he then said to bring him along the next week. I'd have told them to stuff it far earlier tbh.

Anyway, it probably depends a lot on the priest I should imagine.

salvage Wed 15-Jun-16 21:42:45

Thanks, I think I'll just have to not be picky about the church, and find a priest who's willing to bend the rules. The church where we live regularly has 1000 attendees so no way of showing/proving we go to church.

WankersHacksandThieves Wed 15-Jun-16 21:51:12

Is it so family living here can attend OP? Do your family have a church they go to?

I'm an atheist so obv not any use to you but to me they are a business that is getting low on customers so why would you hack off the ones you have or are looking to join your business?

salvage Wed 15-Jun-16 23:03:00

My family are lapsed Catholics, rare churchgoers. It's for the in laws really and they live too far away to use their church. Can't get the right people there at the right time.
hopefully our local one will think along the same lines wanker.

WankersHacksandThieves Wed 15-Jun-16 23:28:17

Hope it works out for you OP. They should be happy to welcome a little lamb into the fold, it's not exactly costing them anything is it? And they'll have a few extra customers sticking money in the offering tray (if they do that sort of thing?)

aaahhhBump Wed 15-Jun-16 23:42:10

We did one in Ireland. I am not Catholic but DH is. He got a letter from our Parish priest but his mum did most of the arrangements. Still need to pick up the baptism certificate 3 and a bit years later.hmm

salvage Thu 16-Jun-16 11:49:36

I think getting his mum to do it is a good idea, she is from where we are from so will still know a few churches and possibly the priests will all know each other.

salvage Fri 17-Jun-16 16:18:35

Bump for any weekend mners.

SantanaLopez Sat 18-Jun-16 09:50:42

I'd be surprised tbh. DH and I were married in his parish church and we go every Sunday. We still had to do the classes for DD1 and the DTs (and there's a very short age gap).

Definitely ask about though, you never know.

salvage Sun 19-Jun-16 16:21:37

Thanks Santana. Surprised you had to do it twice!

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