First, congratulations to you and your wife for seeking to come into the Catholic Church…as full active members…and for attending Holy Mass every Sunday as well as seeking to have your marriage convalidated. You stated:
We decided to bring faith in our lives 6 month ago, and have been attending church every sunday, we plan on starting the RCIA classes soon after the new year.
A point for your consideration re your statement above…actually…you simply responded to God’s gift of grace…to his invitation to bring faith into your lives…and you can justifiably feel very, very good for saying…“yes!”. We simply can’t do anything like this without his grace (through the power of the Holy Spirit) prompting and inspiring us to move towards him…it is always and in every situation of “goodness” – thoughts and/or actions – that come into our mind or into our heart…it is his grace…and his grace alone that causes it…we are simply cooperating with it and doing his will…by saying “thy will be done”! All truth and all goodness reside in and come from Our Lord God…we are blessed that he allows us to participate in His Goodness…if we so choose to say …“Yes”!
The following contains two excerpts from an article (June 2004) in American Catholic website for Franciscans who produce the* Saint Anthony Messenger *magazine (I recommend that you take a look at the entire article…it is quite good).
Bringing Your Marriage Into the Church…Msgr.Joseph M.Champlin
“…Catholics who exchange marriage vows in the presence of only ministers from other religious traditions or authorized civic officials are not considered validly married in the eyes of the Catholic Church. Later, those couples may seek to have their union officially recognized by the Church. In technical Church terms, this is known as convalidation of a marriage…”.
“The remedy of their [Tony and Maria–a couple in the article] situation was relatively simple. Both obtained baptismal records and completed a standard marriage-investigation prenuptial form. The actual exchange of vows before a priest took place at the main altar after a Saturday night Mass, with only members of their immediate family attending. Maria and Tony dressed in the same outfits they had worn for the Florida ceremony.”
“With considerable abbreviation and adaptation, the priest used the basic Rite for Celebrating Marriage Outside Mass. The service took about 10 minutes. Afterward, the family celebrated at a local restaurant.
Several years later, Tony and Maria are the parents of three young boys, actively participate at Sunday Mass, generously donate to charities and fulfill leadership roles in parish activities.”
Lastly, the best advice and most important…has already been given…see a pastor-priest and let him prayerfully guide you through this convalidation of your marriage in conjunction with your RCIA program.
Again…I am very happy for you and your wife…what a great blessing you are and will be for the Catholic Church…we need you in the family!