a "new" baptismal certificate?
When I called to reserve the church, the parish secretary asked for a new baptismal certificate from FI and I. Thinking she might have said this because people tend to lose their old ones over the years, I told her that my mom still had the original and would bring it over right away. However, they apparently need new ones, not old, because they write in our marriage info to have on file (I guess in case one of us ever tries to get re-married in the church without an annulment?) She also told me it wouldn't be a problem and the churches would know exactly what we needed and why, because "they do this all the time." Well, my church is sending out mine (after much difficulty in getting them to understand what I needed), but FI's church apparently doesn't do "new" certificates and just sends out originals.
Has anyone run into this before? Did your church request a "new" certificate, or did the church where you were baptized have no idea why you couldn't just use the old one? My mom and I have been in regular contact with the parish secretary and she has my original as a placeholder for now, but still...I'd like to just get the date officially locked in and get the approvals going to start marriage preparation in the state where I currently live. Apparently we can't proceed until there's a "new" certificate from each of us.