Ask the priest
I was was married in 1994 by a notary public. At that time I was without any religion, living a secular lifestyle. A few months later my son came into the world. Soon after his birth, I felt a tremendous desire/need to have him baptized. I felt called to baptism myself as well. I found out that my family were non practicing Episcopalians, so I went to the local Episcopal Church to inquire into baptism. After several weeks of counseling, I, my son and my husband were Baptized. I also received Confirmation and first communion.
A few months later, I felt called to the Catholic Church. I presented myself to the local Parish Priest and expressed my belief in Jesus present in the Eucharist and my desire to be a member of the Church. This Priest was very liberal, and as there was no RCIA in the parish at the time, I was welcomed into the Catholic Church with a profession of faith.
Nobody had told me that my secular marriage was not recognized by the Catholic Church, and that I was I suppose living in a state of perpetual fornication.(perhaps my ignorance made it not a sin). My husband divorced me soon after.
My question is this… Does the Catholic Church regard my baptism and confirmation as invalid because of my marital situation? Am I really not baptized? Have I been receiving our Lord in the Eucharist all these years unworthily? Do I need to be baptized again? I am very distressed and anxious to receive an answer.
You are baptised and confirmed. Please relax.
Baptism is a cleansing of all sins of the past. What you need is to insist that despite being received into the Catholic Church you should still take the RCIA courses – they are so useful. This will give you a chance to answer your questions. If the course is not available in your parish, it is available some place in the diocese. Do seek it out.
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