Baptism is the beginning of the journey of faith for your child. Through baptism, your child becomes part of our faith community in the Catholic Church. Through the teaching example of parents, the child will grow as a follower of Christ and active member of the church. That’s why we have a special program to prepare the parents and godparents and help raise their consciousness about this important responsibility.
Steps to be followed in order to have your child baptized:
Please stop by the Parish Center to fill out an infant baptism data form.
There is a fee of $60 ($40 if currently enrolled in Religious Education) for the baptism and is required to be paid when data form is turned in.
Once the filled out form and fee have been received by the parish center an appointment for an interview will be scheduled with Deacon Chuck and Marge Baker.
Interviews are conducted on Wednesday evenings.
During the interview two things will be scheduled, the preparation sessions the parents and godparents are required to attend, and the baptism itself.
Requirements for the parents:
At least one parent should be Catholic.
Requirements for the godparents:
He/she is to be at least 16 years old, completed all sacraments of initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist, & Confirmation), practicing their faith, and willing to accept the responsibility of supporting their godchild in faith. If married, they must have been married in the Catholic Church and be able to receive all sacraments.
A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be a witness to a baptism together with a Catholic godparent.
The godparents must also attend both preparation sessions, which we offer here in our parish, or they could attend classes at their own parish.
The Preparation Sessions:
We offer our sessions twice a month at St. Linus. One is for the parents to attend, and the second is to be attended by both the parents and godparents. The meetings last approximately one hour. Please come to your first session ten minutes early to make sure we have all the correct information on your form. No children please.
The preparation for the sacrament of First Reconciliation (Confession) takes place during the third year of Religious Education instruction for the elementary and middle school students. The cooperation of parents is essential to the success of this sacramental preparation program. Parents are asked to attend five information meetings during the year.
At the end of the third year, there are sixteen weeks of Sacramental Preparation.
Six weeks of Reconciliation Preparation
Nine weeks of Eucharist Preparation
The preparation for the sacrament of First Eucharist takes place during the third year of Religious Education instruction for the elementary and middle school students. The cooperation of parents is essential to the success of this sacramental preparation program. Parents are asked to attend five information meetings during the year.
At the end of the third year, there are sixteen weeks of Sacramental Preparation.
Six weeks of Reconciliation Preparation
Nine weeks of Eucharist Preparation
Confirmation is a Sacrament in which those who have been baptized receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit, whom the Lord sent upon His apostles at Pentecost. It is a sacrament that celebrates God's special strengths and gifts.
In 1972 the Church published the "Rite of Christian Initiation" (RCIA). RCIA stresses the connections between the three sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.
Through Baptism, you receive grace and life from the Holy Spirit. In Confirmation, your baptismal promises are renewed and the sealing with the Spirit serves as the preparation for a mature Christian life. In Holy Eucharist, the great sign of Christian unity, we the faithful are nourished and strengthened. We are transformed into a more loving and united community of believers.
Through these sacramental rites, the faithful are officially acknowledged as Christians, and are received as fully initiated members of the church. By our Baptism, Confirmation, and through the Eucharist we are all commissioned to carry on the work of Christ and his Church. We are called to promote the kingdom of God here on Earth.
Confirmation is a parish community celebration. It provides us all the opportunity to reflect on our baptismal commitment. At Confirmation the parish community celebrates the Gifts of the Holy Spirit among us. These gifts help all Christians to live lives more fully committed to Christ.
Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Knowledge, Courage, Reverence, Wonder and Awe.
Living with the gifts of the Spirit, active in our lives, we are able to enjoy the fruits of the Spirit, which help all Christians make good moral choices and live as Christ has challenged each of us to do.
Charity, Faith, Joy, Modesty, Kindness, Goodness, Peace, Patience, Self-Control, Chastity, Endurance, Mildness
Confirmation for Youth:
High school teens (candidates) prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation by participating in a two-year process called Youth Ministry. The Confirmation process is a team effort. Candidates, parents, sponsors, and the catechetical (teaching) team all work together towards a common goal: to prepare the candidates for reception of the sacrament and to inspire in each candidate the desire to continue their own personal faith journey throughout their lives. The process encourages their own personal faith journey throughout their lives. The process encourages the formation of community and develops a sense of belonging. This is accomplished by class sessions to explore Catholic beliefs and traditions, individual and group faith sharing, retreats, Christian services and other related outside activities.
The candidates must freely choose to enter the process and make known their desire to be confirmed. They must demonstrate adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith and be willing to participate in the required learning sessions, growing in the practice of their faith. They should always strive to be in the state of grace and should attend mass regularly and frequently receive the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation. The candidate must attend all class sessions throughout the teaching year (September through May). Excessive absences will result in the candidates being asked to leave the process or repeat the year. In addition, attendance at all confirmation retreats is mandatory. Attendance at Youth Day (usually in February) at the annual Religious Education Congress is highly encouraged.
The sponsor is your choice. We recommend you carefully consider:
Your baptismal Godparent(s)
An adult who is a close friend or relative
Someone who is in the parish or lives nearby
Parents may not be sponsors for their own children
There are persons in the parish community who would be eager to be a sponsor for confirmation.
If you are unable to find a sponsor to journey with you, the parish may be able to provide you with a person who has expressed a sincere desire to be a confirmation sponsor
The selection of a sponsor is an important decision you have to make. Choosing that right person can make a big difference in your confirmation journey.
Each candidate needs to select a sponsor to walk the two-year journey of the confirmation process with him or her. It is hoped that this sponsor-candidate relationship will evolve into a lifelong one. The choice of sponsor, therefore, becomes a very important decision. Sponsors make a difference and are an integral part of the faith journeys of their respective candidates both during and after confirmation. The purpose of the sponsor-candidate relationship is to lead the candidate into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is essential that the person selected to be a sponsor meets the following criteria.
Qualifications of a Sponsor:
The sponsor must be a person of faith and a confirmed Catholic
A person of mature faith, at least 25 years old
Active and able to fully participate in the Catholic faith
Be willing and able to perform the role of the sponsor outlined below:
Responsibilities of a Sponsor:
Attend all adult education/sponsor sessions as scheduled during the teaching year
Participate with the candidate in the one day retreat
Meet regularly with the candidate in addition for formally scheduled sessions to develop a close relationship which encourages spiritual growth, emphasizes the moral life of a Christian, and assists in the completion of the completion of the Christian service hours requirement.
Parents are the primary educators of their children. They serve as models for their children by being committed Christians. Parents should worship regularly with their families. They are asked to take an active interest in assisting their son or daughter with the immediate preparation for the sacrament of confirmation and must attend meetings, programs and prayer services that are planned in support of the candidate. However, Canon Law prohibits parents from acting as Sponsors for their own children.
They are also welcomed and encouraged to attend any or all adult education session along with the confirmation sponsors and are invited to observe any classroom session with advance notification to the catechist.
Confirmation for Adults:
St. Linus has a class for adults who have been baptized and have received their first Holy Communion, and would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This program is approximately 18 weeks. Please contact the Parish Center for more information.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:
This is a process of welcoming, education, and conversion. If you have not been baptized or are a non-Catholic or if you have been baptized but have not received the sacrament of First Eucharist you may seek Confirmation through the RCIA. A sponsor is required for Confirmation and that sponsor must meet the same requirements listed above.
The RCIA process leads the candidates through four stages:
The precatechumenate is a time for hospitality, inquiry and becoming acquainted with the faith community. There is no commitment asked for or expected at this time. Meetings are held on Monday evenings September to May each year. Everyone is welcome.
The primary purpose of the second phase, the catechumenate, is catechesis and faith sharing. These two stages can continue for an undetermined length of time, from a few months to a couple of years. During this phase the catechumens no longer meet on Monday evenings, they meet on Sundays for Mass, Dismissal, followed by catechesis. There are also three half day retreats, spaced throughout the second phase. While in this phase, the catechumens and their sponsors are required to participate in all sessions, with some outside service also required.
The period of enlightenment, which takes place during Lent, is a time for prayer, reflection and the immediate preparation for the sacraments of initiation that are usually celebrated at the Easter Vigil. At that time, the person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church by receiving Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist.
The period from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, called mystagogy, completes initiation. This festive season helps new members and the whole Church to more deeply penetrate into the meaning of the Easter sacraments.
RCIA Inquiry Sessions:
(As always, please verify with Parish Center before attending.)
Call Sr. Catherine Casey (562)921-6649.
Adult English Mondays 7-8:30pm
Science Room in the School
Anyone seeking information about entering the deaconate or the priesthood should contact a member of the Pastoral Staff. Only the Bishop confers Holy Orders. Sacramentally, the Pope, Cardinal, and Archbishop are all considered Bishops. Holy Orders confers a particular mission in the church in three orders:
This information is designed to help answer some of your questions as you get ready for your special day.
How do we begin:
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles requires that a couple planning marriage meet with their parish priest at least six months before their proposed wedding date. If either the bride or groom has been previously married in any manner; civilly, in another Christian church, or by common law, and the former spouse is still living; no date can be given for a subsequent marriage until an annulment or dissolution of the previous marriage is granted by the Catholic Church. The priest will assist in processing such cases. When the bride or the groom is not a member of the Catholic Church, the interfaith and ecumenical issues should be addressed with the priest at the first meeting. This is so the non-Catholic party will feel welcome, his or her religious convictions will be respected and that he or she will be aware of the Catholic understanding and requirements for marriage. When one or both of the parties are 19 years of age or less, consideration for marriage in the church will be given only after an in depth discussion with the couple, consultation with their parents, and a favorable recommendation from a professional counselor. The priest will provide a list of recommended counselors.
Weddings are scheduled on Saturdays at the following times: 10:00 A.M., 12:00 Noon, and 2:00 P.M. On the day of the wedding, the wedding party should arrive at the church at least 45 minutes before the wedding, so that the ceremony can start on time. Rehearsals are scheduled on the weekday evening prior to the wedding day.
- Marriage License: Valid for 90 days. It is not necessary to be married civilly before being married in the church. This document is obtained from the Office of the County Clerk. The Norwalk office is located at 12400 Imperial Highway, Room 1002; (562) 462-2137 or (800) 201-8999.
- Baptismal Certificate: One recent copy issued within the last six (6) months (not an old copy or the original copy) is required for both the bride and groom.
- First Communion and Confirmation Certificates: New certificate or copy of the original is required for both the bride and groom.
- Marriage/Engagement Encounter Certificate: This verifies that you have attended the retreat. The Office of Family Life of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles sponsors these preparation programs. Either the Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend or the One Day Program for the Engaged will fulfill this obligation.
- Testimony of Freedom for Marriage: Two witnesses for each; they cannot be the same people for both (i.e. his witness cannot be her witness). They can be family members or good friends. They must give testimony in person, and can do so in front of a priest, that neither the bride nor the groom is bound by a previous marriage.
- Pre-nuptial Questionnaire: A confidential Church document filled out with you by the priest/deacon/married couple preparing you for marriage.
- FOCCUS: As part of the preparation for your marriage, we include a FOCCUS assessment. FOCCUS stands for "Facilitating Open Couple Communications, Understanding and Study." This is an inventory of questions that measures the couple's percentage of agreement in sixteen areas that can be vital to a successful marriage.
- Dispensation: Only necessary if this will be a "mixed" marriage, i.e., one party is Catholic and the other is not.
- Annulment: Only necessary if either party has been married before, even a civil marriage, and the previous spouse is still living.
Donations and Fees:
Every wedding involves a considerable amount of time and preparation on the part of the priest and other ministers. Your church ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day celebration. Accordingly, your donation to the church should reflect that appreciation. This donation helps to cover church operating and maintenance expenses. Musician's fees vary and should be discussed with the music coordinator. If you wish to give the priest a gift, it should be separate from the church donation.
Donation to the church:
$625.00 of which a non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required to secure your wedding date. This donation pays for the use of the church, the Priest, the Altar Servers and the Wedding Coordinator. If using outside priest who will complete all paperwork the fee is $525.00. Money should never be a reason to marry or not marry. Therefore, should money pose a hardship, please discuss this with the priest celebrating the liturgy. He will be happy to assist you.
Sue Ellen Rojas (562) 260-7175. Once your deposit for the church is made, you must contact the Wedding Coordinator. She will conduct the rehearsal and will be present to supervise the actual ceremony.
Contact the parish office at (562) 921-6649. Music is an integral part of your wedding liturgy, and it is expected that the parish musicians will be used. Only religious/liturgical music will be permitted during the wedding liturgy. Discuss any secular music choices, mariachis, or family/friends with the Parish Office. It is recommended that you contact the Parish Office no later than four months prior to your wedding date to plan the music and discuss the fee(s). Fees are as follow: Pianist and Vocalist $200.00; Piano or Organ $100.00; Vocalist $100.00; Microphone set up for outside musicians $50.00.
All fees must be paid in full, one month prior to your wedding.
The wedding party should plan to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) a week or two before the wedding date. Consult the parish bulletin for the day and time for Reconciliation. Do not wait until the last minute for reconciliation.
To assist the bride and groom in carefully selecting the prayers and readings for the wedding liturgy, the wedding coordinator should be contacted. To assist the bride and groom in selecting the music for the wedding liturgy, the music coordinator should be contacted. This contact should be made no later than six months before the wedding date.
Many options are available to you in planning your ceremony. From you priest you will receive the booklet Together for Life. From this booklet you find and choose various prayers and scripture readings. Please read this booklet to help you plan the ceremony and fill out the form provided in the back of the booklet.
Flowers and other decorations for the church are the responsibility of the wedding party. Only two floral arrangements are permitted in the sanctuary, on either side of the altar. If floral decorations are used on the pews, they must be secured by rubber bands or coated wire. No tacks, nails, staples, or tape of any kind may be used. Decorations to the pews must not block access to the aisles or pews themselves. If you do not already have a florist you may contact our church florist, Vickie Piño at (562) 618-6322.
Our liturgy team follows the church's seasonal guidelines for the liturgical year, when decorating the church. Flowers, lighting, urns, banners, and other materials are used at various times to enhance our celebrations. For this reason, wedding parties may not change or move around the décor within the church.
There is a Bride's room in the vestibule of the church for the bride's convenience. Proper reverence should be observed while using this facility as it is in the body of the church./
Photography and videography are permitted; however, it must be discreet and respectful of the church and not interfere with the flow of the wedding liturgy. The photographer and videographer must remain in the designated locations in the sanctuary and choir loft. No extra lighting is permitted for either photography or videography.
The throwing of rice, confetti, birdseed, flower petals or other substances is not permitted inside or outside the church. Due to the many religious gathering that occur in the church each day, we request that you assist us in keeping the church and grounds clean and safe for all the people who come after you.
These guidelines have been prepared to assist you in fulfilling the basic requirements for marriage at St. Linus Church. May this busy time of preparation also be a happy and prayful time for you. God bless you!
Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament used to be known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction. If anyone in your family has a serious illness, the Church would like to celebrate this sacrament of God's healing love with that person. Please call the Parish Center to schedule this celebration. The priest will be happy to come to your home, the hospital, or wherever is most convenient for the ill person and the family. We encourage as many family members as possible to be present for this joyous celebration through which God heals, lifts up, and gives hope, peace and new life to His faithful people. This sacrament is not only to be received at the end of life but also whenever there is a serious illness of the body, mind, and spirit to promote total healing. For those to ill to come to church to receive communion, please contact the Parish Center for more information on our Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick.
-While not a sacrament, the mass of Christian Burial will be discussed here.
At the death of a loved one, please contact the funeral home of your choice. The funeral home will then get in touch with the Parish Center to schedule a priest and funeral date. Grieving for a loved one is a natural process. Please know that we are here to help you and support you during this difficult time. Healing from the pain of grief can begin through the planning of your loved one's funeral. This can be a personal and loving celebration of that person's life and it can also be an opportunity for your family to begin the healing process at this time. For this reason, the Church not only permits, but also encourages, families to become involved n the planning of the funeral. You may select hymns and readings for all the services, and if you choose, you may write the Prayers of the Faithful (the petitions / General Intercessions). We invite you to reflect on them and to choose:
Readings from the Hebrew (Old) Testament
Selections from the Psalms
Readings from the new Testament and
Three or four appropriate petitions for the General Intercessions
These may be included in the Vigil and the Funeral Liturgy
The Catholic Church offers distinct occasions for common prayer at the time of funerals. The Order of Christian Funeral contains three related Rites:
The Funeral Liturgy and the Final Commendation and Farewell
The Rite of Committal
Depending on the situation and with the approval of the priest, any single rite may be used as the sole Funeral Rite. Consultation with your priest or bereavement minister can help determine your funeral selections.
This Rite, presided over by a priest, a deacon, or a prepared layperson (or a member of your family) general consists of:
Liturgy of the Word
The rosary may be recited by the family at a time other than the Vigil. However, a rosary may be included in the Vigil in part or in full.
If the family chooses to have eulogies it is recommended for them to be at the Vigil.
The Funeral Liturgy:
The Funeral Liturgy (Mass) is the principal celebration. Generally, the Funeral Liturgy comprises:
The Rite of Reception (unless already celebrated as part of the Vigil)
The Liturgy of the Word
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Final Commendation and Farewell
The priest presides at mass and may be assisted by a complement of liturgical ministers--lectors, cantor, musicians, servers, etc. These ministerial roles are performed by trained parish ministers or by members of your family or friends, who are properly prepared.
The Rite of Committal:
The Rite of Committal, the final Funeral Rites, may be presided over by priest, deacon, or layperson. It is best celebrated in close proximity to the actual burial place--grave, tomb or crematorium.
The Memorial Service or Memorial Mass:
If, for some reason, your family and mourners are prevented from gathering immediately after death for the Funeral Rites, a Memorial Service or Memorial mass may be celebrated at a later time. The priest, deacon, or bishop is the ordinary minister for the Catholic Funeral Rites. However, in their absence, lay ministers may preside at all Rites except the Funeral Liturgy (Mass).
All music and songs for the Funeral Liturgy are to be selected in accordance with the Catholic Church's Liturgical guidelines and must be approved by the Priests or Music Director.
The predominant Church Symbols, such as the Pall (which is the white cloth covering the coffin, symbolizing the Baptismal garment). Incense and Holy Water, the Book of Scriptures, the Cross, and the Easter Candle, are to be highlighted during the funeral Rites, especially at the Funeral Liturgy. Appropriate symbols of Christian Life, such as a book of the Gospels, a Bible, a cross, a rosary, devotional books, may be carried in the Entrance Procession by your family, then placed on the coffin at the Funeral Mass. National or cultural symbols (for example, flags or insignia of associations) are not to be used during the Funeral Rites. One's affiliation with the community of faith is the reason for our prayer, not one's service to country or one's affiliation with other services. However, these other symbols may be present at the funeral chapel, in procession to and from the church, in the vestibule of the church, and at the Rite of Committal.
Although the traditional burial procedure, which reflects respect for the body and belief in the resurrection of the body, is still normal Catholic practice, the Catholic Church allows cremation for justifiable reasons. Cremation would ordinarily take place after the Funeral Liturgy. Remains should never be scattered or handled in an undignified manner, but are to be interred or inurned in a cemetery columbarium. Cremated remains in the view of the Catholic Church are to be treated with reverence and respect and, therefore, must be either buried or entombed.
-While not a sacrament, Quinceañeras will be discussed here.
The priests and parish staff are ready to assist you in preparing for your Quinceañera. This information is designed to help answer some of your questions as you get ready for your special day.
To begin, you and your parents will come to the parish office and fill out a form. You must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation or be attending preparation classes. You will need to bring proof of this. The date will then be set.
Scheduling: Quinceañeras are set each month on the fourth Saturday at 12:00 noon.
Donations and fees: The donation to the church is $525.00 of which a non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required to secure the Quinceañera date. Cost includes $100.00 coordinator fee.
Coordinator: Sue Ellen Rojas (562) 260-7175. She will conduct the rehearsal and will be present to supervise the actual ceremony.
Music Coordinator: Contact the Parish Office (562) 921-6649. Music is an integral part of your ceremony, and it is expected that the parish musicians will be used. Discuss with the Parish Office any mariachis or family/friends you wish to have perform. It is recommended that you contact the Parish Office no later than four months prior to your Quinceañera date to plan the music and discuss the fee(s). Fees are as follow: Pianist and Vocalist $200.00; Piano or Organ $100.00; Vocalist $100.00; Microphone set up for outside musicians $50.00.
Flowers and decorations: Flowers and decorations for the church are your responsibility. If floral decorations are used on the pews, they must be secured by rubber bands or coated wire. No tacks, nails, staples, or tape of any kind may be used. Decorations to the pews must not block access to the aisles or pews themselves. If you do not already have a florist you may contact our church florist, Vickie Pino at (562) 618-6322.
Our liturgy team follows the church’s seasonal guidelines for the liturgical year, when decorating the church. Flowers, lighting, urns, banners and other materials are used at various times to enhance our celebrations. For this reason, you may not change or move around the décor within the church.
Photography: Photography and videography are permitted; however, it must be discreet and respectful of the church and not interfere with the flow of the ceremony. The photographer and videographer must remain in the designated locations in the sanctuary and choir loft. No extra lighting is permitted for either photography or videography.
Attendants: The number of escorts is limited to 14 couples not including parents and one set of padrinos. All must attend the rehearsal.
Rehearsal: Everyone must attend the rehearsal and must be on time. Attendants must have natural color hair, no facial piercings, and no visible tattoos.
Confession: No confessions are heard at the rehearsal or before the mass. Consult the parish bulletin for the day and time for Reconciliation.
Ceremony: Everyone involved in the ceremony must arrive 30-45 minutes before the scheduled time. The liturgy will begin promptly at 12:00 noon.