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SACRAMENTS

Infant Baptism   Bautismo infantil Haga clic aquí para español

August 19, 2020
Though we are anxious to enter into sacramental life of the Church once again, we are very much aware of the seriousness and dangers of COVID-19.  At this time guidelines and protocols are being developed for celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. 

  • Baptism will be scheduled Saturday mornings, once a month at 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. outdoor on the church patio.
  • Masks, symptom checks and social distancing will be observed.

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We will update this page as new information is received.
Continued prayers to you and those you love.

Congratulations!  You may be awaiting the birth of your child, have a newborn, or have a child who is several months old.  No matter the stage of parenting you are currently in, you are entrusted with a great gift from God.  In your role as parent, you will serve as the first and most influential teacher of your child's faith (among other things).  We look forward to helping you in this role through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member in the Catholic Church. The waters of baptism symbolize life and death, washing and cleansing, and the mystery of new life out of death.  At the baptism of a child (or any person), we celebrate and reflect on God's unconditional love and welcome him or her into our faith.

When are they held?

At Our Lady of Lourdes, during this challenging time of pandemic, we offer communal baptisms, held once a month on Saturday and begin at 9:30 a.m. on the Church Patio. Please arrive by 9:10 a.m. to check in. There may be up to three baptisms on any given date, so please be on time! We will consider private baptisms for illness or military personnel.

What to expect?

In these extraordinary times, our return to Church and the celebration of public mass will look and feel different for some time to come. Thank you for your patience and your cooperation as we work together to make this a successful, healthy and faith-filled return to the public celebration of sacramental life at Our Lady of Lourdes. 

NOTE: Please review the CDC recommendations before arriving.
The following guidelines and protocols are in place for the safety of one another during COVID-19.

Before You Leave Home

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Church restroom facilities will be open for emergency use only. Please be prepared before you come to Church.
  • Make sure you have a suitable mask or face covering for all persons over the age of 2. Children with breathing difficulties should not wear a face covering (per LA Co. Guidance for Face Coverings).
  • Plan to arrive about 20 minutes before the celebration begins.

 Upon Arrival in the Parking Lot

  • Park carefully, observing that cars should park in every other space to allow for social distancing.
  • Before leaving your vehicle, ensure everyone in your party is wearing their mask/face-covering.
  • Walk toward the patio area, and you will be greeted as you approach.
  • A Greeter will ask you your name and verify your contact information. (anyone who is not pre-registered will be directed to complete a Contact Card.
  • Everyone will be asked to verify they have not shown symptoms in the past 14 days. You will then be asked to sanitize your hands.
  • Greeter will escort you to the patio area, keeping social distance.
  • Please bring your own chair should you wish to sit. The ceremony will last approximately 20 -30 minutes.

Requirements

  • At least one parent must be Catholic.
  • Godparent(s) must be at least 16 years old, a confirmed Catholic, practicing their faith, and be willing to accept the responsibility of supporting their godchild in faith.
  • If you have only one Godparent, then that person can be either male or female. If you have two Godparents, then one must be male and the other female.
  • Both the parents and the godparents are required to attend baptism preparation class, which is offered online at this time by visiting Baptism Prep Online Mail the certificate to Our Lady of Lourdes at, 18405 Superior Street, Northridge, California 91325, Attention: Infant Baptism.

Choosing Godparents

Godparents must meet all of the following criteria, which are established by Canon Law and do not vary from place to place. Godparents must:

  1. be Catholic
  2. have been baptized, confirmed and received Communion
  3. be 16 or older
  4. be living a life consistent with their own baptismal vows.

This means that they are practicing the faith, not engaging in notorious sin, and cannot have taken public positions in opposition to Catholic faith or morals. If a sponsor is married, their marriage must be recognized by the Church. In general, if a potential sponsor is not a member of the parish where the baptism is to take place, he or she will provide us with a letter or certificate from their own pastor which affirms that they meet the above requirements.

People sometimes object to the requirements for a sponsor, with the argument that parents should have freedom to choose the sponsor of a child who is to be baptized.  In order to understand the Church's position, several points are to be kept in mind. Baptism is not a private act. It is a public, official liturgy of the Church and welcomes someone into the Catholic Church. Therefore, the Church has the duty and obligation to require reasonable criteria for being a sponsor. The sponsor is to assist the parents and the child in living a Catholic life. In order to do so, the sponsor needs to provide good example of living that life. A person who is not Catholic, or who is not living in a way consistent with the faith, cannot provide the example that is part of the accompaniment of being a godparent. The role of godparent is a role of service done in the name of the Church, and the person who is a sponsor should be capable of performing that service.

Baptism Prep

Our Lady of Lourdes offers preparation to all families planning a baptism in order to help you better understand the Sacrament and Rite of Baptism and the role of parents and Godparents in the faith life of your child.  Baptism is our acceptance of Christ's invitation to participate in the deep mystery of the Cross. Through our preparation process, we will work with parents and godparents to understand this profound reality and be equipped to pass it on to their children.

Concluding Thoughts

It is our earnest hope that these temporary practices will not be part of our reality long enough for us to become comfortable with them. They invite us all to make sacrifices of comfort and ease with which we associate coming to Church among our Lourdes Family. We choose to do these things as an expression of care and concern for one another, for those who worship alongside us in our Church. We look forward with great hope to that day when we will all gather together as we once did, looking back at these days as crazy, and by God’s grace never again to be repeated.

Download a copy of this letter  
Online Baptism Prep Session Infant Baptism Prep

Please contact Anne Wing to register
Office: 818-349-1500 ext. 112
Email us to inquire about more details. 


Matrimony

September 3, 2020

Though we are anxious to enter into sacramental life of the Church once again, we are very much aware of the seriousness and dangers of COVID-19.  At this time we are working to develope protocols and guidelines for celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. 

Couples who have begun the marriage process with us will be contacted as soon as updates become available. 
Please call or email Anne Wing with any questions or concerns.
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Continued prayers to you and those you love.

Dear Bride and Groom:

Congratulations! on arriving at this momentous time of your lives, planning your wedding!  Marriage in the Catholic Church is a special and solemn vocation.  It is a sacrament or sign that involves God, the couple, and the community of the Church.  It is a serious and sacred way of life.  Through it, husband and wife are called to draw closer to God and to each other in a life-giving relationship of love, fidelity, and mutual self-sacrifice.  The seriousness of entering such a Christian marriage relationship requires the utmost diligence and willingness to be prepared in the best possible way.  Therefore, each couple is asked to consider the following guidelines which the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes has developed to assist you in coming to this beautiful moment in life.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING COVID-19?
While we would like to celebrate our sacraments the way we used to, during these challenging times our primary focus is the safety and well being of others. You can expect the ceremony to last approximately 20 minutes.

  • The marriage ceremony is a Liturgy of The Word (outside of Mass) this consists of one reading, the Responsorial Psalm, Gospel Reading, Holmily and Universal Prayer  You can read about it here
  • Chairs will not be provided due to the sanitization process and limited volunteers. Please ask guests to bring their own chair if they are unable to stand.
  • Music is restricted at this time along with decorations and flowers.
  • Number of guests are limited and pre-registration, symptom check is required. (Speak with Anne Wing, Pastoral Care Coordinator, for more detailed information)
  • Please dress comfortably.

     

    Concluding Thoughts

    It is our earnest hope that these temporary practices will not be part of our reality long enough for us to become comfortable with them. They invite us all to make sacrifices of comfort and ease with which we associate coming to Church among our Lourdes Family. We choose to do these things as an expression of care and concern for one another, for those who worship alongside us in our Church. We look forward with great hope to that day when we will all gather together as we once did, looking back at these days as crazy, and by God’s grace never again to be repeated.

GUIDELINES

At least one party to the marriage (bride or groom) must be a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  Minimal membership constitutes (a) registration and residency within the boundaries and/or (b) attendance at the parish Sunday liturgy on a regular basis, and (c) proper permission.  If neither the bride nor the groom lives in the parish or attends Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, the parents of the bride or groom can fulfill the above criteria.

As marriage is a sign of the willingness to live the Christian life, the Catholic party to the marriage must be a practicing Catholic.  In Catholic belief and practice, marriage is more than a legal contract with rights and responsibilities to be fulfilled by husband and wife.  Marriage is a sacrament and sign to a couple that God is as important to them as they are to one another.  The desire to live one’s Catholic faith must be as important as the desire to live together.  A minimum definition of participation in the  Catholic Church embraces regular attendance at Sunday Mass, reception of Communion, a personal prayer life, and a sincere effort to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.  Marriage requires a response to God through His Church.

It is our privilege to help you in every way to make this a memorable, sacred and significant day in your lives.  With this in mind, we have prepared the following information to assist you.

Document Checklist

PNW 2019  Pre-Nuptial Wintess Form 

Confessions and Communion:
We can think of no better way to begin a new and important vocation than by preparing for your wedding with a good confession and receiving communion either at the wedding (if a Mass) or that moning or another close to the date.  Confession is by appointment at this time, call the Parish office to schedule, 818-349-1500.

Marriage Preparation:
We provided marriage preparation for couples according to the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and are happy to offer certified facilitators for the
FOCCUS ®Marriage Preparation Instrument.  Contact the parish offce to speak with one of the parish priests or Anne Wing. 
Pastoral Care Coordinator - 818-349-1500 ext. 112 or Email us!