The sacraments bring the individual and the Christian community together before the Lord in the rites of initiation. The Sacraments renew us each week in that bond and that presence, and they express what happens when two people get married, when we are reconciled to one another, to the church, to God, when we are sick and when we die. The sacraments celebrate those called into leadership as ordained ministers.   In very simple ways the sacraments mark the mornings, the meals and the nights of our lives.

Sacraments of Christian Initiation

The Rite of Baptism (For Children Under the Age of 7)

Congratulations on the birth of your child! We look forward to welcoming your child into God’s family and as a member of the Holy Family community. When planning for your child’s Baptism, please allow the process to take from three to six months. To begin the process for Baptizing your child at Holy Family, South Pasadena, CA please submit the Baptism Registration Form. Once this form has been completed, you will be contacted via email from Holy Family Church to assist you in scheduling your …

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children

Rite of Christian Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist Every society that wants to continue must admit new members. This is true of sporting leagues, universities, the unions, the United States and churches. In some societies, very little may be required to gain admittance: When you wish to become a member of a book or record club, you just send in the coupon and the check. At another extreme, young men gained admission to adulthood in certain African cultures by elaborate …

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First Eucharist

First Eucharist (formerly known as First Communion)

Eucharist Eucharist comes from the Greek eucharistia, meaning thanksgiving. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of God, began building a church, they were sustained with the spiritual food in times of trialsl and in time of celebration. Eucharist is that food, the real presence of the risen Lord. The Second Vatican Council, in its Constitution on the Church, rightly proclaimed that the eucharistic sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” The Eucharist is, for Catholics, …

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The Rite of Confirmation

The Gathering Rite includes a welcoming hospitality for the guests and candidates. The procession of the candidates precedes the procession of the celebrant, pastor, assisting priests, lector(s) and servers. The entire assembly is invited to join in singing the gathering song. The bishop or his delegate welcomes all, and begins the Eucharistic celebration. Because confirmation is celebrated during the Easter season, a sprinkling rite is common during the Gloria.   Click here for Teen Confirmation preparation Click here for Adult …

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Sacraments of Healing

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick   Our mission as disciples of Jesus Christ is to do what Jesus did. In reading the Gospels, we learn about Jesus’ concern for the sick. Healing was essential to the mission of the disciples: “He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two . . . They anointed with oil the many who were sick and cured them” (Mark 6:7-13). The early Church continued to be a sacrament of healing: “Are …

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The sacrament of reconciliation is offered at Holy Family in our reconciliation room, located in the vestibule area of the church. The reconciliation room allows for either an anonymous setting or a face to face approach. Some people find it comforting to make an appointment with one of the priests for individual reconciliation. In this case, one meets the confessor in his office in the Pastoral Center. During Advent and Lent, Holy Family Church offers a communal Reconciliation Service. Generally, …

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Sacraments of Service to the Community


When two people marry, the whole complex gathering of rites-some from the state, some from the family, some from the church-serves many purposes. For one, they show what all these groups think about marriage, and they try to impress these understandings on the couple. For another, they let everyone adjust to the idea that there is something new among us: We cannot think of these two tomorrow as we thought of them yesterday. And yet another task of the rites: …

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Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church “the sacrament of apostolic ministry.”(For a full discussion of Holy Orders see CCC paragraphs1536-1600) “Ordination” comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order. The word order in the Roman empire meant to describe an established civil body, especially a “governing body”.  So the Church adapted this understanding to their “governing” leadership.  There were many Orders in the early Church: the …

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Other Rites of the church

Funeral, The Rite of Christian Burial

Recently Deceased and Funeral Information Just like baptisms and marriages, so at death: The rites of a community serve several purposes. They convey a great deal about how death is understood in the group, and about what relationship there is between the living and dead. They may also convey the meaning of this individual’s life. The rites will handle the time of transition from life with this person present in the community to life with this person absent. This recognizes …

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Liturgy of the Hours

Long ago, our ancestors in faith had ways for individuals and households to praise and thank God constantly, with the poetic richness of praying at morning and evening with hymns and psalms known by heart. As time went on we lost those forms of prayer. In more recent times, some substitutes were found: the prayers called the morning offering, the act of contrition, the Angelus and other prayers related to the time of day. For some, these too have been …

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We are honored to celebrate these sacramental moments with you as you journey in life. We are honored that you would come to us to celebrate these sacraments. Holy Family’s Faith Formation team conducts sacramental preparation programs for children, youth, and adults. We gather as a community to celebrate sacramental moments throughout the year.

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