Our community life at St. Catherine of Siena Parish is best expressed in our understanding and celebration of the seven sacraments. The seven sacraments are sources of spiritual vitality that are intimately connected to our humanness. At the same time, we never lose sight of the reality that sacraments say more about our God than they do about us. Through the sacraments, we encounter a God who:
• cares for us from the cradle to the grave;
• binds our faith family together, despite our many flaws;
• teaches us the sacredness of the created universe, which is the first “sacrament” of God’s existence and presence to us.
As a parish, we express our faith through the sacraments as follows:
In Baptism, God welcomes us as sons and daughters into the Christian family, the Body of Christ on earth. At St. Catherine of Siena Parish, we have many young growing families. We share in the joy of your newborn baby and we want to assist you in preparing for your baby’s baptism. (Remember that this baptismal preparation may begin even before the birth of your baby).
Baptism is the hopeful beginning of a lifetime of faith. In bringing your child for Baptism you are accepting the responsibility of providing for your child’s spiritual needs as they grow and develop. Parents are the primary teachers in providing a foundation of faith for their children. The community is here to help and support you in this undertaking. All Baptisms take place at 2 PM. Spanish Baptisms as indicated or at 12:30 Spanish Mass on the specified dates already schedule.
Faith Formation (First Communion)
In the Eucharist, our God invites us to the family table, where the Risen Christ becomes the food that sustains us on the daily journey of our lives. Children registered in grades two through eight are invited to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation. A period of two (2) years of preparation is required. First Eucharist for children is celebrated in a group setting each spring or individually as requested by parents. Parents decide when their child is ready for the Sacrament. First Reconciliation for children is celebrated in a communal setting in the fall for second and third graders. Children in grades four through eight celebrate Reconciliation face-to-face during the Lenten Season. Meetings for all parents whose children are anticipating First Eucharist or First Reconciliation are held during the Fall and Spring.
Adult Baptism, First Eucharist & Confirmation (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a ministry with the special mission of introducing Inquirers to our Roman Catholic faith and to our local worshiping community at St. Catherine Parish. These “no strings” inquiry sessions are ideal for learning about Catholicism in a relaxed, unpressured environment. They also provide a great opportunity for baptized Catholics
who wish to complete their sacraments by preparing for Eucharist and Confirmation. The program begins each August and concludes with Pentecost. Participants meet each Tuesday evening for faith sharing and instruction, participate in Sunday liturgies and special ceremonies.
Confirmation (High School)
In Confirmation, the Holy Spirit promises to be our strength, especially when the road of life gets rough. Our Youth Ministry offers a comprehensive, two year, confirmation program for High school Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors. Our program begins in August and ends in June.
In Marriage, our faithful God of love invites committed couples to let their mutual love and fidelity serve as a sign of God’s passionate caring for all people, everywhere. The first thing to do, at least eight (8) months before your wedding day, is to call St. Catherine of Siena Parish. The Office will connect you to one of the priests who will assist you. The church ‘use’ fee for registered parishioners and for non-parishioners, deposits, and customary stipend for officiant will be discussed with the office. Contact our Parish Office @ 925-228-2230
Anointing of the Sick/Funerals
In the Anointing of the Sick, God says, “Do not be afraid. I am with you to heal both body and spirit”; and, “I will be waiting for you at the end of your journey on earth.” When a loved one dies, the Church gathers with family and friends at a funeral Mass to give thanks for the life of the deceased and commend them to the mercy of God. Together we place our hope in the God who promises eternal life. When your loved one dies, we recommend using Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services at (925)932-0900. A representative will contact the parish office to make your arrangements, and arrange for a staff member to meet with you and help you in planning the details of the funeral.