Sacraments

As a member of our Parish, we encourage you to participate in as many holy sacraments as possible. Please read the descriptions below and contact the parish office to get more information or to enroll.

 
 
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reconciliation

“Receive the Holy Spirit; who you forgive will be forgiven” (Jn 20:23).

After Baptism and confirmation the attraction to sin (loving oneself over God) remains in us and if followed can lead us to damage or rupture our relationship with God by a rejection of His divine love in us.  For this reason Our Lord gave us this sacrament to restore and strengthen baptismal graces. 

Therefore the Church recommends monthly confession to help us grow in our relationship with Our Lord and to gain self-mastery over our attraction to sin. 

Confessions are scheduled every Saturday after the 8:00 am Mass and at 4:00 pm, and on First Fridays after the 7:00 pm Mass.  One can also call for an appointment at any time.

 

Baptism

“Unless one is reborn of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (Jn3:5).

Due to the rejection of life in God by Adam and Eve, we are born without a share in God’s divine life. 

“Baptism saves you now” (1 Pt 3:21). 

In baptism we die with Christ to sin and with Him rise to newness of life in the Holy Spirit (Rm 6:3-4) as a child of God. 

Normally this sacrament is received soon after birth, as it replaces circumcision of the Old Law (Col 2:11-12) which among the people of Israel is still administered when the child is 8 days old. 

At St. Teresa of Avila church there is one pre-baptismal class for the parents and godparent(s), and baptisms are normally on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. To register for baptism a copy of the child’s birth certificate is needed. 

For adults who wish to be baptized, please contact the parish office.

 
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FIrst Holy communion

“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood you will not have eternal life” (Jn 6:53). 

All the sacraments lead to the Most Blessed Sacrament, that is, Holy Communion, by which one is completely united with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity.  This total union with Christ is a foretaste of heaven, strengthening us to live a truly Christian live and aiding us in our transformation into the “image and likeness of God” (Gen 1:27). 

Children normally attend 2 years of preparation receive their First Holy Communion at 7 or 8 years old. 

Adults who have not yet received their first Holy Communion can attend adult sacraments classes. To enroll, please contact the parish office.

 

confirmation

“Paul imposed his hands over them and the Holy Spirit came upon them” (Acts 9:6). 

This sacrament confirms, completes and strengthens the gift of the Holy Spirit received at baptism and enables one to be a firm and faithful witness of Jesus in the world. 

In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Confirmation is received at 14 years old after a two year course of preparation.  Adults who are not confirmed can participate in an adult sacraments class which is normally 9 months. Please contact the parish office for enrollment information.

 
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Matrimony

“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church” (Ef 5:25). 

Jesus reminds us that God made matrimony (Mk 10:6-9) and blessed this union from the beginning (Gen 1:27). In Christ, the sacrament of Matrimony gives the couple His blessings to enable husband and wife to reflect His love for the Church and to live a faithful and lifetime relationship as they help each other and their children to grow in holiness and true happiness (the domestic church). 

To arrange a marriage, please contact the parish office at least 6 month prior to the wedding date.

 

Anointing of the Sick

“Whoever is sick among you call the priests of the Church so that they pray for him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14-15). 

Jesus continues His ministry of healing of the soul and comfort in our illnesses in this sacrament. Anyone past the age of reason (7 years old) who is seriously ill or who is going to have major surgery or is elderly can avail themselves of Anointing of the Sick. 

Our Lord brings healing and peace to the soul of the sick person and according to His will, healing of the body as well.

To schedule, please call the parish office at (323)-664-8426

 
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funerals

Please contact the parish office (323)-664-8426 to schedule.