Baptism - Allow 6 Weeks.
The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are "reborn of water and the Spirit.'' God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.
-Catechism of the Catholic Church; The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
Marriage - Allow 6 Months, If you are considering marriage in the Catholic Church please contact Deacon Kevin Meece for Marriage preparation.
"Male and Female He Created Them..."
God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in his own image..., God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion.
"God created man in his own image...male and female he created them''; He blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply''; "When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them man when they were created."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church; Life in Christ
For more information regarding the marriage preparation process please visit the Diocese of Lexington Website.http://www.cdlex.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=222