Hispanic Communities through the United States and in parts of Latin America express their Christian faith through different rituals and practices that are culturally meaningful to them. They can be a means of evangelization and a way to keep alive the faith of the young and their families. One such ritual is the celebration of Quince Años or a Quinceañera. Today, more than ever before, young people need to appreciate and be grateful for the gift of life and to affirm their own commitment to Jesus Christ and his Church.

A Quinceañera is not a Sacrament but a sacramental and offers a teachable moment to grow deeper in faith, hope and love and to discover the richness of culture and of liturgy. In the ritual of a Quinceañera, the young woman will be asked to renew her baptismal promises that were performed on her behalf by her parents and godparents on the day of her baptism. We ask our Blessed Mother, our Lady of Guadalupe, to bless in a special way the young people, their parents and sponsors who seek to express publicly their gratitude for the precious gift of life and to commit themselves personally to lead a truly Christian life.

For information about a Quinceanera, please contact the parish office at 949-574-7400 or parish@stjccm.org.