The sacraments nourish, strengthen and express our faith while building the body of Christ and giving worship to God.
The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the sacraments: Baptism, Penance (or Reconciliation), Eucharist, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders. Instituted by Christ, they are necessary for our salvation.
To learn more please contact the parish office at 714-971-2141.
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian for through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Baptism is the first and fundamental sacrament and the gateway to the other sacraments. The purifying and sanctifying sacrament of rebirth, baptism incorporates recipients into the church in a sacramental bond of unity.
Christ Cathedral Parish offers Baptisms in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Baptism ceremonies are held on Saturdays at noon, with no exceptions or private ceremonies allowed. Arrangements must be made at least a month in advance.
- 1st Saturday of the Month -Spanish Baptisms
- 2nd Saturday of the Month -Vietnamese Baptisms
- 3rd Saturday of the Month -Spanish Baptisms
- 4th Saturday of the Month -English Baptisms
The following documents are required to register a child for baptism:
- Original Birth Certificate
- Proof of Address (i.e. utility bill) or Parish ID Number
- If a family lives outside the parish boundaries, a Letter of Permission from their home parish is required
- A $40 donation is suggested
For further information, please download the English, Spanish or Vietnamese Baptism Brochure.
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Penance, or Reconciliation
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Through penance, the faithful receive pardon for the sins they have committed and are reconciled with the Church community.
Every parishioner is encouraged to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for the two major feasts of the liturgical year, namely, Christmas and Easter. During the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent (a time of preparation for these feasts) special reconciliation services are scheduled for all parishioners.
Reconciliation is held from 7:15-8:15 a.m. Fridays and from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturdays in the Small Gallery near the Arboretum.Back To Top
I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.
As children reach the age of reason, around age 7, the Church extends them an invitation to celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist.
The Eucharist is the sacrament in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received. It is the memorial of the Lord’s death and resurrection and the source of all Christian life and worship. It signifies the unity of the people of God.
The Church asks two things from each of us in order to receive the Eucharist.
- We must be in a state of grace – free from all serious sin.
- We must fast from all food and drink (other than water or medications) for one hour prior to receiving communion.
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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Confirmation enriches the baptized with the Holy Spirit, binding them more perfectly to the Church, and strengthening them in their witness to Christ. Confirmation is conferred through anointing with chrism and the laying on of hands.
Typically, children are confirmed after completing the required religious education classes and reaching the age of discernment, said to be between age 7 and 16.
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Anointing of the Sick
And the two shall become one flesh. so they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.
Through the sacrament of anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support. The celebration of this sacrament is an opportunity for the deepening of the faith of the community who are able to witness the devotion of those being anointed.
It is prudent to receive the Anointing of the Sick prior to serious operations or whenever there is a serious danger to health.Back To Top
Pope John Paul II
Christ gives the priests a particular gift So that they can help the people of god exercise faithfully and fully the common priesthood which it has received.
The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife. The matrimonial covenant establishes a lifetime partnership for the good of the spouses and their offspring.
Candidates for the sacrament must be registered members of the parish. Everyone is encouraged to get married at their registered parish. For non-parishioners to get married at Christ Cathedral Parish, the couple must do the following:
- Provide a priest who is in good standing, who will collect all the required documents, prepare them for the sacrament of marriage and preside at the ceremony.
- Contact the parish office to select an available date and time for the ceremony.
- Have their priest agree to all of the above in writing.
- Bring the written agreement along with a $100 deposit to the Parish office to reserve the ceremony date.
Couples are asked to participate in a marriage preparation program. Their priest can discuss and recommend the most suitable program:
- The Engaged Encounter Weekend
- The Communication Encounter Weekend
- Evenings for the Engaged and Natural Family Planning
Several documents are required, including:
- New Certificate of Baptism for Catholics (old or photocopies cannot be accepted)
- Certificate or record of Baptism for Non-Catholic Christians
- First Communion and Confirmation certificates for Catholics
- Two affidavits of freedom to marry for each party, signed by a member of the family or competent witness in the presence of a priest or notary
- Dispensation for disparity of worship or mixed religion, assisted by the priest
- Marriage license from the State of California
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. The deposit will be credited towards the total cost of the wedding fee. Itemized costs include:
- Church – $500 registered parishioner*** / $1,000 non parishioner
- Coordinator – $130
- Priest/Deacon – Optional (suggested $50 donation)
- Altar Servers (2) – $15 each
- Choir – $300
- Cantor – $150
- Organist – $150
***To receive the Parishioner rate, the bride or the groom must have been registered with the parish for a minimum of (1) one year at the time that the ceremony is accepted by the priest.
For further information, please download the English, Spanish or Vietnamese Wedding Brochure.
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Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The sacred rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination. This sacrament has three distinct degrees or “orders”: deacon, priest, and bishop. All three confer a permanent, sacramental character.
Whenever a young man feels called to the priesthood or a young woman to consecrated religious life, it is appropriate for them to contact their pastor. His guidance will be extremely beneficial to them. Married adult men (age 35 or older) should likewise contact their pastor for information on becoming a deacon.
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