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Can a Catholic attend a child's Jewish wedding?

For good and valid reasons a bishop, through his chancery offices, can dispense from the required Catholic form of the marriage of a Catholic and Jew. In that case, the rabbi officiates at the ceremony and asks all the questions and receives the consent of both parties to the marriage. With a dispensation from the form, such a marriage is valid and is recognized by the Church as a true marriage. 

If your prospective in-law finds a rabbi who will officiate at the marriage, that rabbi might not agree to having a priest share in the service.

If that is the case, encourage your child to obtain the necessary dispensation from the Catholic form if he or she intends to continue in the practice of the faith and religion.

Be supportive of your child.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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<p>Born in Spain in 1533, Alphonsus inherited the family textile business at 23. Within the space of three years, his wife, daughter and mother died; meanwhile, business was poor. Alphonsus stepped back and reassessed his life. He sold the business and, with his young son, moved into his sisters’ home. There he learned the discipline of prayer and meditation. </p><p>Years later, at the death of his son, Alphonsus, almost 40 by then, sought to join the Jesuits. He was not helped by his poor education. He applied twice before being admitted. For 45 years he served as doorkeeper at the Jesuits’ college in Majorca. When not at his post, he was almost always at prayer, though he often encountered difficulties and temptations. </p><p>His holiness and prayerfulness attracted many to him, including St. Peter Claver, then a Jesuit seminarian. Alphonsus’s life as doorkeeper may have been humdrum, but he caught the attention of poet and fellow-Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins, who made him the subject of one of his poems. </p><p>Alphonsus died in 1617. He is the patron saint of Majorca.</p> American Catholic Blog People mess up, and it’s especially hard to watch as our children and other young people go down paths we know are likely to lead to heartbreak. Providing gentle guidance when it’s needed, and love even when that guidance isn’t followed, helps them to start fresh.

 
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