(Closed) Questions about Adult Catholic Baptism

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
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Sugar bee

Typically, adult baptisms and confirmations are conferred during the Easter season, so if you are looking to start your preparation in March 2013, the sacraments would probably be scheduled for Easter season of 2014 – which misses the wedding date on your profile.

If you want to complete your sacraments before the wedding (which is an excellent idea), you should talk to your priests (both of them, where you live now and the priest in the home city where you’ll be moving), explain the situation, and see what they can work out. It’s likely that you will be able to begin your preparations now and continue them when you move, as long as the two priests are in communication with one another about everything.

For adults going through RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process of preparing to receive the sacraments of Initiation, i.e. Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation, as adults), usually parishes begin a cycle of classes in the fall and they continue through the following spring. You go through the final preparations during Lent, and most of the time the Sacraments happen at the Easter Vigil.

Your Fiance would be a “catechumen,” an unbaptized person seeking baptism. At the Easter Vigil, he would receive all three Sacraments, the Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation, at once. Baptized adults who seek full initiation through Eucharist & Confirmation are called “candidates,” and they also receive them at the Easter Vigil.

From what I’ve seen in the U.S., adults who have the first two sacraments and are just in need of Confirmation are usually confirmed separately, several weeks after Easter and closer to Pentecost (the feast that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is what Confirmation is). It would be really lovely, though, to be confirmed together with your husband-to-be, and so talk to the priests about that. It may be something they can easily do at the Easter Vigil as well – I’m not sure. It also may be handled differently in the UK than in the US?

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