I have a good friend from college who is prespyterian. He contacted me recently and told me he is dating a Catholic girl (whom I’ve never met). He said things were getting pretty serious and he wanted me to get back to him with what I felt were things he should know before preposing and marrying a Catholic woman.
I’ve since talked with him once, I explained how she can’t recieve communion at his church and how he can’t at hers. I also related that Fr. Joe, the priest in their town, will have to meet with them and guide them through marriage prep. I explained that perminance of Catholic marriages. The prohabition on contraceptives and abortion.
Is the above correct? I’m not married so I don’t know Catholic marriage prep to well.
What additionally should be shared. Would they have to agree on raising the kids Catholic? Or is that not required? Does a priest have to witness the marriage or can they get permission for his minister to? Do they have to go on a Catholic engaged encounter retreat or attend a class?
What are some positives to share with him? I realized I’m told him a bunch of “don’ts”. How can I excite him about the Church and a Catholic wife? What can I tell him about getting involved at her parish?
P.S. - I don’t really know anything on her faithfulness. He said she goes to mass, thats all I know.