What is Convalidation?
My husband and I are both Roman Catholic (practicing), but we were (legally) married in a Presbyterian church 18 years ago. Our children have been raised in the Roman Catholic Faith, and they attend a Catholic Elementary School. They have been baptized in the Catholic Church, as both my husband and I have.
About 2 years ago, my husband applied for an Annulment from his first wife (they married in the Catholic Church). We have fulfilled all our obligations for the application (forms submitted, interviews & evaluations completed, payments made in full). As it stands now, our application is on a judge's list waiting for a decision. If the Annulment is granted, we would like to have our marriage blessed in our Catholic Church.
However, in the meantime, one of our children is about to receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist. Because our marriage hasn't been blessed by the Catholic Church, we aren't able to receive Communion with our daughter. I recently saw something about a ceremony called a Convalidation. Could you tell me what this is? Could my husband and I have our marriage Convalidated while we wait for the results of the Annulment decision so we can receive the Holy Eucharist alongside our daughter on her special day?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you (in advance),