This is SUCH a long story, but I’ll try to get to the bottom line:
Both my little boys (one is 4 1/2, the other will turn 6 years old on Dec. 19), were baptized, chrismated (our “Confirmation”) and received the Holy Mysteries (our “Holy Eucharist,” under both species) in the Antiochian Orthodox Church. I am Roman Catholic, my husband is technically Orthodox (on paper only) but attends an evangelical non-denominational church.
The boys and I attend Daily Mass, I attend the Sat. night Vigil Mass by myself, and the boys go with Daddy to his church Sunday morning (I have to go, too, sometimes; and my Priest knows about this.)
The soon-to-be-six-year-old recently asked about becoming Catholic (he loved being able to receive the Eucharist in the Orthodox Church), but our Priest said he would have to attend the church classes in the Fall. I asked Father, “Couldn’t I just catechize him myself, at home, as I’ve been doing, but more intentionally and with the appropriate books/materials?” Father repeated, “Sure-- but he’ll have to come to the church class in the Fall.”
Here’s the thing: we live in a rural area, and this is a rather nominal “mission” church. Our nearest orthodox (small “o” orthodox!) and what I’d consider “enthusiastic” Roman Catholic church is a 55 min. drive, one way.
My currently Protestant husband would NEVER allow our boys to be catechized in this local Church-- but I’ll tell ya, I don’t even think I’M comfortable with it myself! There’s a gal there who believes in reincarnation, etc.-- you get the idea. I don’t trust these folks with my children’s religious education-- but I trust myself!
I can’t seem to get any solid information from my Priest on this. Not only that, but the catechism seems to say parents have “the right” to catechize our children at home, AND we have “the right” to catechize them through the local church…???
Could somebody please shed some light on this? Do my boys HAVE to go through the CCD at Church in order to receive the Sacraments??? Can’t I do the job myself? What exactly must he do to convert???
Any help/advice is GREATLY appreciated!
Blessings to you!