Baptism

Following the example set by Jesus, baptism initiates an individual into the Christian community and confers sanctifying grace upon a soul, purifying it with water and sealing it with holy chrism.

PREPARATION
If you or your child would like to begin your Christian life as part of our community please contact us and let us know.

English Baptism Schedule for the next 3 months:
June 15 - Deadline: May 31
July 6 - Deadline: June 21
August 3 - Deadline: July 19

Parents must come to the Rectory Office to pick-up an application; all required documents must be turned in by the deadline.

Programa de bautismos en espanol para los proximos 3 meses:
8 de Junio - plazo: 24 de Mayo
13 de Julio - plazo: 28 de Junio
10 de Agosto - plazo: 26 de Julio

Los padres deben venir a la oficina de rectoria para recoger una solicitud; todos los documentos requeridos deben entregarse antes de la fecha limite.

Reconciliation

Let's start by acknowledging that we all sin. Everyone makes mistakes… Jesus established this beautiful sacrament to wash us of our guilt and restore us through his love. Acknowledging our sins before a priest puts us in the presence of Christ himself and allows us to be reconciled to God and to one another no matter the severity of our mistakes. Forgiveness is available to all of us. If you're in need of Christ's forgiveness, please reach out to us and arrange a time to meet with a priest.

PREPARATION
Preparation for First Reconciliation is included in the preparation for First Holy Communion.

Awareness of reconciliation is a gradual development, and the rate of moral, psychological and religious development of children differs from child to child.

Parents should be involved in the preparation of children for this sacrament. Catechesis for the sacrament of reconciliation is to precede First Communion and must be kept distinct by a clear and unhurried separation. This is to be done so that, before receiving First Communion, the child will be familiar with the revised rite of reconciliation and will be at ease with the reception of the sacrament. Because continuing, lifelong conversion is part of what it means to grow in faith, catechesis for the sacrament of reconciliation is on-going.

The catechesis genuinely provides for the child’s right to go to confession. The teaching is taught in a simple way and in keeping with what is required for the first confession of young children, namely:
• ability to distinguish between right and wrong;
• awareness of need for forgiveness;
• trust in Jesus’ forgiving love;
• ability to express sorrow.

For details on registering to begin the process of receiving First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation, please contact Mrs. Lillian Cervantes at (909) 629-1404 in the Faith Formation Office.

Communion

Listening to Jesus' command to "Do this in remembrance of me," first Communion / Holy Eucharist unites an individual to God and the Catholic faithful through the reception of Our Lord at Mass. The Eucharist brings us into one body and provides the graces to love and serve God and each other more faithfully, fulfilling Jesus' prayer to the Father: "I wish that they might all be one as you and I are one."

PREPARATION
The mystery of the Eucharist is where our entire life finds its purpose, meaning, and unity. The child is led to experience this truth in the program of preparation so as to understand the mystery of Christ according to his/her capacity, and can receive the Body of Christ with faith and devotion.

The First Holy Communion preparation program at St. Joseph is a one-year process for baptized children ages 7 through 11 (grades 2 - 6) preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time at an advanced pace.

If needed, high school youth ages 14 through 16 (grades 9 - 11) are also prepared for First Holy Communion.

For those in need of the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion (for children grades 2-6), please attend an orientation meeting on the following dates:
English-speaking: Monday, July 8, 2019 or August 5, 2019 at 7:00pm in the church Auditorium
Spanish-speaking: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 or August 6, 2019 at 7:00pm in the church Auditorium

For elementary school-aged children ages 7 to 11 preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, there are two sessions available, Wednesdays from 5:00pm - 7:00pm or Saturdays from 9:00am - 11:00am.

Requirements for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion:
• Provide copies of the student's Birth certificate and Baptismal certificate
• Parents are required to attend Sunday Mass as a family and Faith Formation classes twice a month.

For more information, please call the Religious Education Office at (909) 629-1404.

Summer Faith Formation Office hours:
Sundays & Holidays: CLOSED
Mondays - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed for Lunch: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Confirmation

Confirmation finishes the rites of initiation started in baptism, sacramentally bringing a candidate into full communion with the Catholic faithful. Like the apostles at Pentecost, Confirmation anoints a person in a special way with the Holy Spirit.

PREPARATION
St. Joseph's Confirmation program seeks to provide high school teenagers ages 14 through 16 (grades 9 - 11) with the theological and spiritual foundation that will inspire them to live their faith with courage and zeal. It also helps high school teens encounter a personal relationship with God as they learn more about their Catholic faith. In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Confirmation typically occurs around the age of 15.

Our Confirmation program consists of a minimum of two consecutive years in Faith Formation. Any high school teen aged 14 - 16 (grades 9 - 11) who has been baptized is welcome to begin preparation for this Sacrament. Any teen starting the Confirmation program at 17 years old (grade 12) is directed to the RCIA program

For those in need of the sacrament of Confirmation (youth 14 to 16 years old), please attend an orientation meeting on the following dates:
English-speaking: Monday, July 8, 2019 or August 5, 2019 at 7:00pm in the church Auditorium
Spanish-speaking: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 or August 6, 2019 at 7:00pm in the church Auditorium

Confirmation classes for both Year 1 and Year 2 students are on Tuesdays only from 7:00pm - 8:30pm for grades 9 - 11.

Requirements for Confirmation:
• Birth certificate, Baptismal certificate, First Communion certificate
• Attend retreats in Year 1 and Year 2
• Deposit required at time of registration
• Parents are required to attend Sunday Mass as a family and Faith Formation classes twice a month
• Both parents and students must perform service hours
• Each family must sell two booklets of raffle tickets
• Attendance is important. Only three absences are allowed during the year the student is attending Confirmation classes.

For additional information, please contact Mrs. Lillian Cervantes in the Faith Formation Office at (909) 629-1404.

Summer Faith Formation Office hours:
Sundays & Holidays: CLOSED
Mondays - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed for Lunch: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Matrimony

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole life, is by its nature ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1601)

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PREPARATION
Matrimony is a sacred and indissoluble (lifelong) Sacrament. Since the preparation process takes about 6 months, couples need to call the Rectory Office at least 6 months prior to their desired wedding date. Saturdays are the normal day for weddings. Our schedule permits weddings at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm. To avoid conflict, no reservation should be made with the reception venue until the Church wedding date and time are set with the Rectory Office. The first step is to call the Rectory Office and leave a message to set up an appointment. Please call the Rectory Office at (909) 629-4101 ext. 0

Annointing of the Sick

God has established a sacrament for healing in illness (both physical and spiritual) and preparation for death and entrance into new life in heaven. If you or a loved one is sick or dying and would like to receive special sacramental prayers and anointing, please contact us and be assured of our prayers with you and for you in this time.

Holy Orders

God calls all people to serve him through a particular vocation in life, be it marriage, consecration to a particular community as a lay person, or ministry as a priest, deacon, or religious Brother or Sister. If you feel God is calling you to serve as a priest, deacon, or religious, please reach out to our Vocations office at http://lavocations.org.

Children and Youth Becoming Catholic (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children - RCIC)

Children 7 years of age up to 11 years of age, who have not been baptized and desire initiation into the Catholic Church, can enroll in the Children’s Catechumenate. It is a two consecutive year process and culminates in the child receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.

For those who desire to become Catholic through our RCIC program, please attend an orientation meeting on the following dates:
English-speaking: Monday, July 8, 2019 or August 5, 2019 at 7:00pm in the church Auditorium
Spanish-speaking: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 or August 6, 2019 at 7:00pm in the church Auditorium

This RCIC program is on Saturdays only from 9:00am - 11:00am for the first year, then on Sundays at 11:00am beginning with Mass for the second year.

Requirements for RCIC:
• Child must be at least 7 years old
• Provide a copy of the Birth certificate of the student
• Mass attendance is required
• Parents must do service hours (2 hours)
• Formation classes required twice a month for parents

Sponsors are only required to attend scrutiny Masses and the rehearsal at the end.

Parents need to choose sponsors that qualify:
• Married in the Catholic Church
• Practicing Catholics
• At least 17 years old and have received all their sacraments

Please contact the Faith Formation Office at (909) 629-1404 and speak with Mrs. Lillian Cervantes.

Summer Faith Formation Office hours:
Sundays & Holidays: CLOSED
Mondays - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed for Lunch: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Adults Becoming Catholic (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - RCIA/RICA

Are you an adult who’d like to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) provides an avenue for adults to enter into the Catholic faith community. Our program provides Catholic classes and formation from September through the Easter Season.

Open enrollment runs from June 17, 2019 through August 30, 2019.

RCIA and RICA classes are on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm - 8:30pm for both English (RCIA) and Spanish (RICA).

Requirements for RCIA/RICA:
- Birth certificate only if seeking Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation
- Birth certificate and Baptismal certificate if seeking First Holy Communion and Confirmation
- If you need Confirmation only, all three certificates are required, Birth, Baptismal, and Holy Communion.

If you need Confirmation to get married, and you have already been married by civil law, you need to make an appointment to meet with the Pastor, Fr. Steven Guitron.

Please contact the Faith Formation Office at (909) 629-1404 and speak with Mrs. Lillian Cervantes.

Summer Faith Formation Office hours:
Sundays & Holidays: CLOSED
Mondays - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed for Lunch: 12:30pm - 1:30pm