Sacraments


Overview

The Catholic Church celebrates seven sacraments – Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation (sometimes called “Penance” or “Confession”), Matrimony, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick.  Instituted by Christ, they touch all the stages and all the important moments of our Christian life.  Each sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace. When we participate in them worthily, each helps to nourish the life of God in our souls and provides us with the grace we need to live faithful, Christian lives.

 

The sacraments – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist – are called sacraments of initiation; sacraments of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick – are called sacraments of healing; and the sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders – are called sacraments of mission and service.

 

For any assistance you and your family might need in living in the fullness of your faith through any of the sacred sacraments, please contact the Parish Center at [626] 915-7873.

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

RCIA program prepares adult Inquirers/Catechumens and Candidates/Neophytes to receive the Sacraments of the Church through religious education and faith sharing. RCIA is a two-year process, which culminates with:

  • Baptism/Profession of Faith
  • Confirmation
  • First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil

and continues with monthly support of new members. If you have not yet received these Sacraments, call the Parish Center at (626) 915-7873 and we will be happy to assist you.

Faith Formation Office – Sacrament Preparation

Eucharist & Reconciliation

The Parish School of Religion is for students in grades 1st and 2nd who attend public school or private school, and would like to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.  Volunteer teachers [Catechists] prepare students for the sacraments and support their on-going religious education.

Children in grades 3rd-8th, attend one year of Religious Education classes with their grade level, and a second year of special sacrament classes with preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist as its focus.

 

Baptism

Children who are not baptized and are at least 7 years of age enter a process for their own faith journey.  They register for regular Faith Formation Classes to receive religious instruction and be with their peers.  During this initiation process godparents are invited to walk the faith journey with them.  It is a 2 year journey leading to reception of the Sacrament of  Baptism and the children are then invited to come back to Faith Formation classes to continue their faith development as they grow in understanding of what it means to be catholic and have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

For specific information regarding sacrament preparation for elementary age children, contact the Faith Formation Office at [626] 332-5822.