Sacraments

Seven sacraments form the framework of Catholic spirituality. In a sacrament, Jesus himself acts in and through the ritual, offering new life, forgiving sins, giving his own body and blood, healing, uniting, consecrating. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the transforming grace of Christ’s actions is poured into the hearts of those participating. So a sacrament does more than just symbolize spiritual reality—it actually makes that spiritual reality present at the place and time the sacrament is celebrated. One term used to describe this reality is efficacious—the sacraments effect change in us and in the world because of God’s power, not our own.

The seven sacraments are divided into three groups. The first group is sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The second group is sacraments of healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. And finally, the third group is sacraments of vocation: Matrimony and Holy Orders. These seven sacraments are the heart of the Catholic community.

For additional details, please contact the Parish Office (760) 749-3324.

 

Baptism

Parents must be active Catholics and registered in the parish for a minimum of 3 months before the Baptism date. Parents must attend the pre-baptismal class that is given on the 1st Thursday (English) and 1st and 2nd Monday (Spanish) of each month. You may have one or two godparents. At least one of the godparents must be a practicing Catholic, baptized and confirmed.

The godparents must participate in the pre-baptismal class or should have a letter from their parish, stating that they have attended the pre-baptismal class and that they are practicing Catholics, if they do not belong to our parish.

In order to baptize a baby whose parents belong to another parish, we need written permission from their parish priest.

 

Eucharist

Receiving Jesus' body, blood soul & divinity in the Sacrament of the Eucharist is the "source and summit" of our Catholic faith.

Preparation for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is a two year process beginning no earlier than 1st grade and coincides with preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Classes begin the 3rd week in September and run through May. Registration for the coming year begins in June and runs through August 31st. Currently classes are held on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 pm in English and Saturdays from 8:30 am-10:00 am in Spanish.

 

Confirmation

Learning and growing in faith and fostering a relationship with our Triune God is a lifelong journey that never ends! Formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is integrated into our Youth Ministry program. Teens may begin the formation process to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation no earlier than 9th grade.

Registration for Confirmation begins in the month of May. Parents are required to attend an orientation meeting prior to their youth beginning the process. Classes begin in September.

More information can be found on the Youth Ministry page.

 

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a beautiful gift of God's love, mercy & forgiveness. Preparation for First Reconciliation coincides with preparation for First Holy Communion and is a two year process beginning no earlier than the 1st Grade.

Preparation for First Reconciliation coincides with preparation for First Holy Eucharist.

Classes begin the 3rd week in September and run through May. Registration for the coming year begins in June and runs through August 31st. Currently classes are held on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 pm in English and Saturdays from 8:30 am-10:00 am in Spanish.

 

Anointing of the Sick

If you have an illness and would like to be anointed, the Pastor will come to your home, hospital, nursing care facility, or you can come directly to the church.

 

Matrimony

Please make arrangements at the Parish Office 6 months in advance.

Bride & Groom Must Attend Engagement Encounter
Bride & Groom Must Meet with Marriage Preparation Coordinators.

You may register at this link: Catholic Engaged Encounter - San Diego

Annulments and Convalidation

 

Holy Orders

As the Catechism's section on Holy Orders says: this "is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees" -the orders of bishop, priest, and deacon.
(Catechism, 1536)