[quote="tinmich, post:1, topic:238035"]
Hello to all,
I am so hoping I can get some help on this. I was a practicing catholic when I met my ex-husband 19 years ago and he was a non-practicing baptist. I was married in a parish hall at a baptist church by a church of God preacher. I didn't formally leave my church or join any other church. I am hoping to remarry in a catholic ceremony. Is my previous marriage considered valid or invalid? Where can I get validation of the answer?
Thank you in advance to anyone that can direct me in the right direction....
welcome home, because the grace of this sacrament opens you to all the wealth of grace in the other Sacraments which our Lord is waiting to shower upon you and your family.
In such a case as you describe, the marriage was in valid because the Catholic party did not conform to law of the Church. If neither party has any previous marriages, it is simply a matter of approaching your Catholic pastor to convalidate the marriage, after a suitable preparation period suited to your family circumstances (how long you have been together, whether there are children etc). During that time you will return to confession and holy communion, your pastor will explain the timing, and if either of you still needs confirmation you can prepare for that sacrament as well. Of course you can also start your children's religious edcuation and sacramental preparation, if this has not already happened. The power of the grace descending on families when the parents take this step is beyond my power to express but I assure you the Holy Spirit will be working in discernable magnificent ways in your family throughout this process.
First step, call and make an appointment with your pastor. Make sure you set out all the circumstances of your individual situation during this in-person interview. It is nearly impossible to cover all the bases in a phone conversation or by email.