If I start the RCIA, do I have to become Catholic?
No. There is no commitment throughout the process. If there is ever a point in which you do not feel called to be Catholic, then you are able to leave.
Does it Cost anything?
This is totally free, in regards to money. However, it does require commitment of time. Now that being said, some parishes may ask to you cover for books.
Do I have to be Catholic to marry my boyfriend/girlfriend who is Catholic?
No. Becoming Catholic must be a personal choice with no pressure from any spouse, potential spouse or any other person. Catholics can marry non-Catholics inside the church.
If I am already baptized in another Christian faith, do I have to wait until Easter?
No. If you are well churched and validly baptized, and there are no marriage issues, AND the pastor agrees, you can be received into the church at any point and time along the way.
What baptisms are considered valid?
We regard all mainline Christian's baptisms as valid, eg. Methodists, Baptists, Episcopalians.
Those we do not regard as valid are LDS, Christian Scientists, Jehovah Witnesses, 7th Day Adventist. Consult the pastor about this.
What about my marriage?
This can become a tricky and delicate situation. If you are married and you or your spouse have another previous marriage, talk with the pastor ASAP. He can help to formalize any issues.