St. Louis of France Church

Baptism

Our Infant Baptism Preparation Program

We offer baptism for infants and little children who are 5 years or younger, either in the group baptisms or in a private baptism. Both are offered in English and Spanish. The parents or legal guardian should come to the Parish Office to register for the baptism. At least one parent needs to be Catholic. They will need to bring the child’s birth certificate. Both godparents must be Catholic and if they are not single, they should be married by the Catholic Church. The parents and godparents will need to attend a 2 ½ hour pre-baptism class which is offered once a month on a Sunday in English and Spanish.

Children who are 6 years old or older need to attend catechism classes before being baptized. These classes will also be part of their First Communion preparation. Parent should register these children in our Religious Education Office.

First Communion

Our mission statement at St. Louis of France Religious Education Program is to provide spiritual foundation on which the dignity of each person is respected. With the covenant, knowledge, creativity and dedication of catechist, our desire and goals are to form faith filled children and families in where they become involved and active church participants.

Therefore, at St. Louis of France, understanding Jesus and His message is essential to knowing Him, loving Him, and serving Him always. If you have a child who is ready for First Communion please contact us at 626-918-7002.

Confirmation

The Confirmation program is a 2-year process for high school students ages 14-18, in Christian growth based on the belief that adolescents are at a significant point in their faith journey where they are beginning to establish a personal faith identity.

Through sharing of their own journey and interaction with others, the candidates are assisted in identifying and understanding how God is working in their lives, and come to a new realization of faith within the context of the parish community. The candidates have everything to gain and nothing to lose being a member of the Body of Christ and being blessed by the Holy Spirit. If you have a teenager who is ready for Confirmation, please call the Office at 626-918-1154.

Reconciliation

We offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) on Fridays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM and on Saturdays from 4:00 to 4:45 PM in our church. Confession is also available by appointment with one of our priests by calling our Parish Office. During the Seasons of Advent and Lent, special Communal Penance Services are scheduled in which visiting priests assist our parish priests as confessors to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available to our people as part of their preparation for Christmas and Easter.

Children are prepared for their First Reconciliation when they attend our catechism classes that prepare them for their First Communion. Adults are prepared for their First Reconciliation by attending the RCIA program.

Matrimony

We offer the Sacrament of Matrimony for engaged couples as well as those couples who are already civilly married. At least one person in the couple must be Catholic. We usually request a 6 month notice prior to the date on which the couple hopes to get married. To begin the process, the couple should contact our Parish Office to make an initial appointment with one of our priests. The couple will be given a list of the requirements, including information about the pre-marriage class or retreat. We will need copies of their Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation certificates.

About once a year, we offer a Communal Wedding Mass in which couples get married in a group setting. The fee for the group wedding is half of what is requested for an individual wedding. Couples interested in this should contact the Parish Office.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for any Catholic who is seriously ill or who is going to have an operation. It’s important to know that we don’t call this the “Last Rites” anymore because it is not only for the dying. It is also for the sick. The purpose of this Sacrament is to give strength to the faith of the sick persons, to give them forgiveness of their sins, and, depending on the will of God, to bring healing to their bodies. Please call the Parish Office if you or a loved one would like to receive this anointing by one of our priests.

The anointing can be given here in our Parish Office or the priest can come to the home of the sick person. Once a year we also have a special Mass called our “Shut-in Mass” for homebound sick and elderly people in which the Anointing of the Sick is given in a group setting. Please call the Parish Office to find out when the next “Shut-in Mass” will be offered.