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My husband and I got married through the justice of the peace. He's Catholic and I'm not and I would like to attend RCIA this fall but am afraid that our marriage would prevent me from doing so. Will I be able to attend RCIA or do I have to get my marriage recognized first or can I have it recognized while in the middle of RCIA? I really am looking forward to becoming a member of the Catholic Church so I'm praying that my situation won't hold me back. I emailed my parish back in May and hadn't gotten any response at all so I called the office and was told to call back in August. Not much helpful at all!
Thanks to all!
It will soon be August so keep calling at least once a week until you get an appointment with the priest. You have to speak with him first. Your Catholic husband is bound by Catholic law on marriage, so you are not validly married. Before he can return to the sacraments, and before you can be received into the Church, that has to be rectified. Assuming neither of you has any previous marriages that is a rather simple process, which will involve some formal preparation suited to your personal needs. You can participate in RCIA while this is going on, and you will find it all comes together, but the first step is an interview for both of you with the pastor.
Welcome home, and you find, as most couples do, this is much simpler than it seems at first.
We had to couples last year who had marriages convalidated, received sacraments, and one partner became Catholic, all in a one-week time frame.