I was a Catholic. I did my sacraments according to the Catholic lifestyle. When I was born, I was baptized. Around age of 8 years, I got my First Holy Communion, and around 14 years of age, I went to confirmation classes and got confirmed.
Most of these things were done to live up to my parents expectations. I did not pay attention or go to church so when I was 20, I got myself excluded from the church by sending a formal letter to my parish. I think I filled in the form "Defectio ab Ecclesia catholica actu formali," or "Defection from the Catholic Church by a Formal Act" (the information can be found here).
I remember filling in the following information:
- Full address
- Where I was baptised
- Date of my baptism
- Parish Church of my baptism
- Date of birth
I did not fill in:
- The name of my parents
- The name of my godparents.
I got a confirmation letter back stating I had officially left the Roman Catholic church.
I have recently found peace with myself. In my search for meaning with life, I found myself back in the church. My questions are:
- Can I re-join the catholic church after leaving it? I guess I got wiped-out from the registers. I believe I have the confirmation letter stating that I left the church, send by my parish when I wanted out.
- Do I still have the right to a Catholic wedding & funeral in the future?
- How does God see me after leaving the Catholic church?
I agree that my first thing would be to talk to my local priest. I do not have good relationship with my current priest. I find it somewhat embarrassing and am afraid of being judged for my previous actions by leaving the church. Should I bring the letter stating that I have left the church? Or do I need some other documentation with me?