About a year or so ago I was in a sacrament preparation class but dropped out early mostly due to doubts and schedule problems. After a lot of thought and battling I now believe absolutely in the Catholic Church so, I went back to the same parish where they had the class I went to a year ago and it turns out that they are in the last two weeks of the class, and are going to be confirmed in October (that’s when the bishop comes).
The pastor there said that I was in the class before and if I feel I’m ready that I could go ahead and be baptized this Sunday and be confirmed in October. It’s kind of a pleasant surprise because I came back thinking I’d be in the class for a year. And while it is short notice, the pastor told me after I receive the sacraments I can still come to the classes and learn more. I know the basics of the faith (I have been learning on my own on and off for years.) I feel like I’m ready and need to be baptized. But I the only problem I feel is, is it illicit for a priest to baptize adults outside of Easter?
There is no formal RCIA at this parish, which is why I called it a “sacrament preparation class”, and the Bishop can’t come in April anyway. (I live in a large diocese). I asked the church secretary about this issue and she said as long as the pastor says it’s OK and I’m ready then it’s fine. The pastor does baptisms once month, and there’s a special mass for it where the whole congregation welcomes the new Christian and renews their baptism vows along side the newly baptized. It sounds like what would happen at Easter anyway, but still is this licit?
I don’t feel like its my place to ask if the pastor is following code but it does seems he has special permission to do baptism for adults since, like I said the Bishop himself doesn’t come around until way after Easter. But I guess the real question is it OK for me to get baptized on a date other than Easter vigil or can I, in this case, be baptized licitly this Sunday?