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Posted 29 March 2006 - 12:09 AM
We have been considering changing our religion for some time, from Anglican to Catholic. We don't actually attend church at the moment but did up until a year or so ago, when we moved, went to the local anglican church once, was not impressed. Our daughter was baptised anglican at our previous church. One of our reasons for changing over, is we wish to send DD to a catholic school. Can she be rebaptised? We are TTC no.2. and were hoping they could both be baptised at the same time. Any ideas? suggestions?
Posted 29 March 2006 - 05:49 AM
I would go and see your local Catholic Priest. My Husband is planning on converting as I am Catholic and we had our son baptised a Catholic. The Priest basically said to him, as long as he see's him in Church now and again he will convert him, there was no need to attend classes or anything. You can convert at any age, you will probably all be rebaptised together.
Posted 29 March 2006 - 05:08 PM
Your daughter will not need to be re-baptised as one baptism covers you for life!
I would suggest making an appointment to see your local parish priest and enquiring about an RCIA program - which is the adult education program for new Catholics. Once you complete that then you will recieve the sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation.
I wish you all well on your faith journey and look forward to welcoming you into our Catholic family! It is great to see the Holy Spirit at work...
PS If you wish to pm me I am happy to help if I can with any other questions, though Shell12 is the resident EB Catholic who knows where to find all the answers!
Posted 31 March 2006 - 01:18 PM
Hi there Bumble bug - I'm curious as to what prompted you to want to make the change? Is it just a for school? Sorry if I'm being nosey, I'm just intrigued as you didn't say whether your beliefs had changed.
Posted 31 March 2006 - 09:41 PM
It's kind of a long story. It all started when we moved away from our Anglican church, we tried to local Anglican and found all they did was pass around the plate and talk about overseas missionaries, etc. It felt more like a 'business' than a church. Then we started looking into schools and found that a lot of Anglican schools are pretty much run the same way, the catholic community in general (from what Ive seen) is more supportive of families and just seems to be more open and welcoming. My cousins are Catholic, I'm God mother to one and was a sponsor to another when he took his first communion, so I've seen a bit of how things are run and I like what I see. Another aspect is, the Catholic church does come across as being a lot more 'spiritual' IYKWIM. Hope I haven't offended anyone, it's just how I see it. We're hoping for #2 bub soon, and I'd like him or her to be baptised Catholic, I just worry coz DD was baptised Anglican, as someonelse said though, baptism is being introduced to the 'christian' community, so I guess it doesn't really matter. I hope all this makes sense!
Posted 31 March 2006 - 09:52 PM
I can understand your confusion and worry regarding the baptism. Many people have these concerns. However, this is not quite right. The Bible talks of baptism into the one holy, catholic and apostolic church. the word "catholic" with a small "c"means universal, so we are all part of the Christian community regardless of protestant or Roman Catholic baptism. BTW my husband is a Uniting Church minister and we are probably going to send our kids to a Catholic primary school. Cheers, Georgina
Posted 31 March 2006 - 10:06 PM
Just to let you know our children have not been baptised although we are Christians and attend church but they have been dedicated.
DS attends our local catholic school and priority for places is 1st to catholics with siblings, then catholics, then other christians with siblings, other christians, non christians with siblings, non christians. I understand this is normal.
All the best in finding a church where you feel comfortable worshipping God and learning more about him. Also finding a school where your home beliefs and values are supported.
One thing we have learnt to remember is that there is no perfect church, they are all made up of people and we aren't perfect. For us it's finding the one that we can all grow in as Chrisians the most.
Posted 01 April 2006 - 04:11 PM
the previous posters have pretty much answered your questions. I just thought I'd add that any trinitarian baptism with water is recognised by the Catholic Church ie. I baptise you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit as water is poured or the person is dipped or dunked As Tuzi said rcia(rite of catholic initiation for adults) is the way to go if you want to learn more about the Church and in most parishes is compulsory before becoming Catholic. Joining rcia doesn't commit you to going through with it but rather teaches you about the Catholic Church so you can make an informed choice and commitment when you are ready.
There is so much richness in the Catholic Church, I love love love my church a great site for any questions you might have is http://forums.catholic.com/ Or else I'd love to try answer anything you'd like to ask.
Posted 01 April 2006 - 07:02 PM
I completed the RCIA program back in 2003. I wouldn't recommend changing over unless you do this program or something like it.
The reasons I changed over where:
We got married in a Catholic Church.
My husband is from a Catholic family and it was very important to them.
Our children were baptised Catholic.
Our children were going to a Catholic school and I was finding myself at Mass quite regularly and I was enjoying it and I wanted to know more. I definately didn't change over because it felt like I had to or something like that. I did the RCIA and really enjoyed myself. It seemed a natural progression to change over. I didn't to the RCIA specifically with changing over in mind. I didn't have to be Baptised again, I was "presented" to the congregation and had my first communion. It was lovely and a little emotional.
So now we are all Catholic and it is great. Now when we go to Mass together we all get communion and I feel such a part of it, rather than watching hubby and the kids go up for communion/blessing.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
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