I want to baptize my son in a united church during our wedding but my soon-to-be husband is catholic.?

July 5th, 2011

We are getting married in April and were planning on doing our sons baptism during the ceremony since all our family from all over will be there and it would be a once in a life time thing for a lot of them to be able witness. Some people are hesitant because its in a united church and not a catholic one. Forgive me because I am not a very religious so I might not use terms correctly. The research I have done says that a catholic church will recognize any christian baptism that uses a certain line and the use of water. I have also read that you can do a baptism a second time? I am not really sure of the true reason why some family members are against it, doesn’t it mean the same thing? being able to enter heaven? I am really trying to compromise with them and make something work. So any suggestions or help would be AMAZING!!!!

Sadly this is just ONE thing they have opinions on when it comes to this wedding….

Thanks in advance.

4 Responses to “I want to baptize my son in a united church during our wedding but my soon-to-be husband is catholic.?”

  1. Mother Cow says:

    Does your son want to be baptized? You do realize that baptizing a child is NOT supported in the bible and it is making a mockery out of the whole purpose of baptism and Christ’s death.

    Baptism is for those that make a conscience and knowledgeable decision to come to Christ, repent of their sins, ask for forgiveness, confess Christ is Lord and the son of god. It is not for innocent children.

  2. PaulCyp says:

    A baptism is a one-time event. It cannot be redone. If the baby is baptized in a United Church, and the correct format is used, the baptism will be valid. But the marriage won’t be. A Catholic cannot be validly married anywhere but in the Catholic Church.

  3. Magisterium C.M. says:

    In the Catholic Church, baptism is two things.

    1) The beginning of the individual’s Catholic journey, entering into the Church.

    2) The washing away of Original Sin, dying to our sins, and being spiritually born again in Christ.

    For a Catholic Baptism to be valid, it has to have correct form and matter.

    “I Baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

    and Pure Water, must be anointed on the forehead.

    This is what must happen to be a valid Baptism, and yes, the Church does accept other Christian baptisms.

    I don’t know why Mother Cow says baptism isn’t Biblical, when Christ, in the great commission says “Go forth and make disciples of all nations, baptising in the name of the Father….”

    Christ himself got baptized. John the Baptist said about Him – “I baptize you with water, but he who is coming after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire”

    Hope that helped,

  4. Mike N says:

    “PaulCyp” says it best.

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