Not really a RCIA question per se, but for brevity’s sake in the topic, I think it makes sense.
Prefacing for those that don’t know, my wife and I are candidates for entering into full communion. Our deacon who is heading RCIA is very busy at the moment, and hasn’t been available for questions. I think our parish just doesn’t have the resources to deal with baptized Christians separately from catechumens, so we’ll probably be lumped into an RCIA class and enter the Church 2010. What can you do?
What I’m wondering is what level of “proof” the Church will need that I was baptized with the Trinitarian formula prior to receiving the Easter sacraments. My wife will most likely have a baptismal certificate, but I don’t have one. I remember being baptized because I was 13 years old, but I certainly don’t remember what words were used. My mother can tell me, “Oh, yes you were baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” but I don’t know if that’s good enough.
Again, this is not a theological question about conditional baptism. I’m simply concerned with the level and form of evidence required. The protestant denomination I was baptized in doesn’t appear to have any available documentation online showing that they prescribe a rubric for the sacrament. [Evangelical Methodist Church, if you’re wondering.] Although, like the United Methodist Church, they seem to prescribe to a rudimentary form of the Anglican articles of religion, two sacraments, and that whole bit.
Any help? Resources? Experiences?