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Drew wrote:

Hi, guys —

My name is Drew and I'm from Canada. I have a bit of a dilemma.

I was born and raised Pentecostal but have lately felt the Spirit's pulling me towards the Catholic Church. I have done a fair amount of research about doctrines, R.C.I.A. and such, and I would not have a problem except for a very complicated family situation.

My wife is a Pastor, trained and employed by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. I am a worship leader at my local Pentecostal church, and she is an assistant pastor. I have discussed Catholicism at some length with my wife, but she firmly disapproves of it for herself. She thinks that the Roman Catholic's believe in strange and non-biblical things. I have determined they are simply things she does not understand about the Catholic interpretations of the Bible.
I have spent a great deal of time reading on issues such as:

  • the Rosary
  • Mariology
  • Sainthood
  • Confession, etc.

I suppose I'll cut to the chase. I know that participation in the Eucharist is paramount for a Roman Catholic.

I know that if I were Catholic, I would be expected to only receive Holy Communion at Mass, and not anywhere else. I am willing to accept that. My question is simply this:

  • Can I become an active member of the Roman Catholic Church, assuming I do all that is required:
    • attend Mass once a week
    • go to Confession on a regular basis
    • take part in the Eucharist
    • and believe the appropriate doctrines

and still remain heavily involved in my Pentecostal church as a worship leader and volunteer?

Thank you for your time, and God Bless You.


  { Can I become a member of the Catholic Church and still be involved in my Pentecostal church? }

John replied:

Hi, Drew —

Thanks for your question.

Your story is similar to mine. I was heavily involved in my Charismatic Baptist Church. I was in Music ministry in two different churches. I guess the only difference is I wasn't married and
I was the one who was ordained.

You could, in theory, remain involved in Music ministry, however, a lot depends on what is being taught in this church. If that Church is particularly anti-Catholic, that could present a problem.
It could be a cause of scandal to some Catholics, if you are leading praise and worship up the street at the Pentecostal church and then receiving Holy Communion at Mass. People who were aware of it, might not understand that you were not a member of that church, but simply volunteered there. On some level, it's really not advisable. I tried to do it for a while, but it just didn't work out. Once you come home, you really want to immerse yourself in all things, Catholic.

If you have talents, you should consider volunteering them in the Catholic Church. You might consider finding a Catholic Charismatic prayer group in your area. Perhaps you could join a Catholic Charismatic Music ministry. That would probably make your transition into the Church that much easier. Your average lay Catholic is not familiar with Charismatic gifts (e.g., Tongues, Prophecy, etc). If you are used to openly using those gifts, it might get frustrating being surrounded by folks that don't know about them, let alone embrace them.

The bottom line is you may be able to technically continue doing what you are doing, but I don't suggest it along with the other reasons I previously mentioned. It may also be a bad witness to your Protestant friends. By continuing as praise leader, you may be signaling them that there is something lacking in the Catholic Church that you need to get in their church. That's not to say we can't learn from our Protestant brothers but we need to be careful about the signals we send.
It's one thing if you were to join them on occasion for the sake of fellowship. I do that myself on rare occasion. After all these people are my friends. I enjoyed playing in their ministry team but to do so on a regular basis is not wise.

I hope this helps,


Mike replied:

Hi, Drew —

Thanks for the question.

If the Holy Spirit is calling you home to the Church you have to answer that call.

In the same way your wife has to respect your free will to choose what you believe is correct,
you have to accept her free will to believe what she thinks is correct. One of the big differences between Christianity and Islam is that Christianity respects the free will of its members to:

  • come and go
  • believe or not believe in whatever Church or denominations they wish.

Islam means submission, (not much room, if any, for free will here.) and Muslims who convert to another faith are persecuted or killed.

When Catholics receive the Blessed Sacrament, it is an outward sign that we are in a Common Union with Our Lord and the one Church He established on St. Peter and His successors in 33 A.D.

To attend a Catholic Mass, as a Catholic, receive Holy Communion, and then go up the street to attend another non-Catholic Christian denomination, would be like saying:

I really didn't mean to say I was in a Communion (Common Union) with the Catholic Church.

  • See what I mean?

If you are interested in what faithful Catholics believe, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

With time, you may be able to confirm, with your wife, what you already know about the faith and share with her other teachings she misunderstood or was unaware of.


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