Matrimony

Introduction

Welcome to Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL) Church in Tujunga, CA, the setting that you have chosen for your wedding. We understand that you would like this very special ceremony to take place at OLL Church that has meant so much to you.

The following guidelines have been formulated to aid you in planning your wedding.

Ceremony

Our Lady of Lourdes Church is a Catholic Parish Church. The presence of a Catholic priest is required for the marriage ceremony. Either the bride or groom must be Catholic and both are canonically free to marry. The celebration of marriage needs to conform to the laws and policies of the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Archdiocesan Requirements
Ordinarily, Catholic marriages are celebrated in a parish church. Marriages celebrated outside a parish church are exceptions and require permission from the bridal couple’s home parish priest at least six months before the intended wedding date. In order to be married legally within the Catholic Church, it is necessary to complete marriage forms required by the Church. All other Marriage Preparation such as Engaged Encounter, Evening for the Engaged pre-marriage classes are to be completed before the Celebration of Marriage takes place. Documentation of completion is required.

Reserving the Church
To determine the availability of the OLL Church for a desired wedding date and time, please contact Yolanda Enriquez at (818) 352-3218. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Verbal reservations by telephone will be held temporarily for three weeks from the date of the telephone conversation. Reservations are confirmed when a completed Priest Officiate Form (if applicable), Preliminary Marriage Reservation Form and payment are received by the Parish Office.

1. Priest Officiate Form (if applicable) is completed by the priest officiating at the wedding.
2. Preliminary Marriage Reservation Form is completed by you and your parish priest if you are not from this parish.
Weddings may be celebrated on Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Church is available also from Monday to Friday and during holidays. Please contact the Parish Office.

Payment

Within two weeks of reserving the desired date six months prior to the wedding date, the bridal couple should submit the required forms with payment:
• The total fee is $900.00 and due in full when the forms are submitted to the Parish Office.
• Payment to be made by check made payable to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
• Reservations are confirmed upon payment receipt.
• Appointment with the Pastor or Deacon is to be made on the day the forms are submitted to the Parish Office.

Officiating Priest

Ordinarily, it is the Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish who officiates the wedding. If the bride and groom chooses to have their own priest, if the priest is not from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he must submit to us a letter from his superior or from the Vicar of Clergy of his diocese to prove that he is in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church.
The stipend for the services of the priest who is not from OLL is the responsibility of the couple and will be deducted from the total fee and should be paid directly to the priest. If a Mass is included with the wedding, the Parish wedding coordinator will arrange for Altar Servers. The fee for the Altar Servers is included in the total fee.
All Paper Works will be done with the Priest or Deacon of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Cancellations

Cancellation of confirmed wedding dates should be made in writing. If a cancellation is received more than three months in advance of the chosen wedding date, one-half of the payment will be refunded. If cancellation is made less than one month before the wedding, the entire wedding fee will be forfeited.

Marriage License

A valid California marriage license is required.

Wedding Day

Wedding Rehearsal – The rehearsal should be scheduled with the wedding coordinator at least one month in advance of the wedding. Rehearsals may take place between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on the evening prior to the wedding.

Wedding Ceremony – Access to the Church one hour prior to the ceremony will be available for florist, photographer and videographer set-up. The Bride and Groom and the Bridal Party should arrive no less than thirty minutes before the time of the wedding. Children in the wedding party are the responsibility of their parents and must be monitored while visiting Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church.

Wedding Coordinator

The Parish Office and the wedding coordinator will coordinate all weddings and rehearsals.

Music

There is an official organist and cantor for Our Lady of Lourdes Church. They will work with the bridal couple to determine musical selections for the ceremony. They can also assist in identifying a vocalist and other musicians, if desired. Only liturgical or classical music, appropriate to Catholic worship, is permitted in the Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Fees for the organist, musicians and vocalists are included in the total fee.

Chapel Decorations
• Floral arrangements are the responsibility of the bridal couple and may be placed on either side of the altar. Only fresh flowers must be used for the altar area and the use of a unity candle or candelabra is permitted in the Church. Altar candles are provided by the Church. A crash or aisle runner is not permitted. No petals or flowers may be strewn and bubbles are not permitted in the Church. The lighting, fans, audiovisual & sound system equipment (including microphones) may only be adjusted by members of the OLL Parish Staff.
• Food and drinks except water are not allowed inside the Church. Immediately following the ceremony, all personal property must be removed from the Church premises and the Church is as neat as before the wedding. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on OLL Church premises before, during, and after the wedding.

Photography
Wedding photographs may be taken in the Church and around the Church before or after the ceremony. Permission for photographs and videotaping during the ceremony must be obtained from the officiating priest.

Directional Signage
Signage will be handled by the wedding coordinator.
Chapel Address
For purposes of the wedding invitation, the Our Lady of Lourdes Church address is:

7315 Apperson St.
Tujunga, CA 91042

Contact

All questions and concerns can be directed to:

The Parish Office
7344 Apperson St.
Tujunga, CA 91042
Phone: (818) 352-3218
Fax: (818) 352-2738

Wedding Coordinator
Michelle Laforce
(818) 515-5068

Downloadable Forms
Preliminary Marriage Reservation Form

Communion

“The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1407).

Baptism and Confirmation are the first two sacraments of Christian initiation, and they find their fulfillment and perfection in the source and summit of the Christian life: the Most Holy Eucharist. As the Second Vatican Council teaches, “At the Last Supper, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until He should come again, and so to entrust to His beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal Banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us” (Sacred Constitution on the Liturgy, 47).

At the heart of the Holy Eucharist are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, truly and substantially become the Body and Blood of the risen and glorified Lord Jesus. In the Old Covenant bread and wine were offered in sacrifice among the first fruits of the earth as a sign of gratitude to God, but they also received a new meaning by the Exodus of Israel from slavery in Egypt.

The unleavened bread of Passover recalls the haste of departure on pilgrimage to the promised land, and manna in the desert testifies that God always fulfills His promise to sustain His people. Moreover, blood is the sign of fidelity to God’s covenant with Israel and of sorrow for sins which violate God’s law.

And finally, the cup of blessing at the end of the Jewish Passover meal transforms the simple human joy in wine into a sign of God’s saving action in history: the messianic expectation of the rebuilding of Jerusalem. All of these meanings were taken up and transformed by the Lord Jesus, the true Lamb of God, when He instituted the Holy Eucharist and commanded the Church to celebrate this sacrifice until He comes again in glory.

The Most Holy Eucharist is described in sections 1322-1412 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and we encourage every family to study these pages of the Catechism carefully in order to understand more deeply the inexhaustible riches of the sacred Mystery of Christ’s Body and Blood.

In the other six sacraments, God gives us a gift of grace; in the Holy Mass He gives us the gift of Himself. That is why the Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament of sacraments, the Mystery of mysteries. The Lord Jesus urgently invites us to receive Him in this wondrous sacrament: “Truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you” (John 6:53). Even as we struggle to understand this Mystery of Faith, we rejoice in this most sublime and abiding sacrifice of praise.

Baptism

As you prepare for the Baptism of your child, the Church and your parish community offer your family their support. Together, we can begin to undertake the Christian upbringing of your child and explore the meaning of Baptism not just for the day of the ceremony, but for life!

“May almighty God, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, generously bless all of us who are God’s faithful children. May we always live as God’s people, and may God bless all here present with God’s peace.” Rite of Baptism for Children, #70.

According to St. Augustine, a sacrament is a visible expression of invisible grace. In the Catholic Church, there are seven sacraments: the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; the Sacraments of Healing – Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick; and the Sacraments of Service to the Community– Matrimony and Holy Orders.

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. Through Baptism we are reborn as daughters and sons of God. At the Baptism of a child (or any person), we celebrate and reflect on God’s unconditional love. Baptism welcomes the child into our faith community.
The two godparents should be practicing Catholics who have been fully initiated into the Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. (A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted only in company with a Catholic sponsor.) Godparents represent the spiritual community of the parish. Being a godparent is much more than an honorary title. Through Baptism, godparents enter a life-long faith relationship with the child … an unbreakable bond.

To help you be ready for your child’s Baptism, we require that the parents and godparents attend one baptism preparation class.

In addition to the class, the parents must meet privately with Deacon Fred or Suzie Rose. In that interview, which generally lasts 15-30 minutes, we obtain the legal information for the records and answer questions you may have. Godparents are not required to come to this interview. Please contact Deacon Fred to make an appointment. Both the class and the separate interview must occur before the Baptism takes place. To have a child baptized at American Martyrs Church, the family should be registered. If you are not registered, please do so by dropping by the Parish Offices. Registration cards will also be available at the Baptism Preparation class and at the interview.

Baptisms are held the first three Sundays of each month (except during Lent — no Baptisms). Parents, godparents, family and friends of the child being baptized should be at the Church by 1:00 pm.

For adult baptisms, please see our RCIA information.

Confirmation

The sacrament of confirmation completes the sacrament of baptism. If baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. The real confession of Christ consist in this ‘that the whole man submits himself to Truth, in the judgment of his understanding, in the submission of his will and in the consecration of his whole power of love… To do this, poor-spirited man is only able when he has been confirmed by God’s grace.

This confirmation in the power of the Holy Spirit leading to a firm profession of faith has always been the particular effect which Catholic tradition has ascribed to the sacrament. It is effect which complements and completes that of baptism.

Confirmation Coordinator
Deacon Mar Enriquez (818) 352-3218
marciano.enriquez@yahoo.com

Penance

The Sacrament of Penance, also known as the Rite of Reconciliation, is the “liturgical celebration of God’s forgiveness of the sins of the penitent, who is thus reconciled with God and with the Church. The acts of the penitent-contrition, the confession of sins, and satisfaction or reparation-together with the prayer of absolution by the priest, constitute the essential elements of the Sacrament of Penance” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 980, 1422, 1440, 1448).

Through the three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist) we receive the new life of Christ, but we carry this life in earthen vessels and remain subject to suffering, illness, and death. Moreover, this new life as a child of God can be weakened and even lost by sin. For this reason, the Lord Jesus – the divine physician of our bodies and souls – has given us two sacraments of healing: Penance and the Anointing of the Sick.

On the Day of His Resurrection, the Lord Jesus breathed on the Apostles, giving them the gift of the Holy Spirit, and proclaimed: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:23). This gift of grace to the Apostles allows mortal, sinful men to act as God’s instruments in the forgiveness of all sins committed after Baptism, and this sacred power is exercised by bishops and priests in the Sacrament of Penance when they hear the confession of sins and pronounce absolution for the remission of sins by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ.

The Sacrament of Penance is a sacred mystery of conversion from sin, confession of guilt, forgiveness of the wrong done, and reconciliation with Christ and His Church. All Catholics over the age of reason should come to the Sacrament of Penance at least once each year during Lent or Eastertide and as often as necessary when conscious of serious sin, and anyone conscious of grave sin should not receive Holy Communion before being reconciled to God by sacramental confession and absolution.

“The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). With this ringing call to conversion, the Lord Jesus began His public ministry. It is impossible to be a disciple of Jesus without repentance and conversion, without the constant effort to be conformed by God’s grace to the image of the crucified Lord. Baptism for the remission of sins is the foundation of this lifelong struggle against all forms of disordered self-love, but in ordinary circumstances, all grave sins committed after Baptism require the grace of the Sacrament of Penance for forgiveness.

Annointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick is “one of the seven sacraments, administered by a priest to a baptized person who begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age, through prayer and the anointing of the forehead & palms of the hands with the oil of the sick. The proper effects of the sacrament include a special grace of healing and comfort to the Christian who is suffering the infirmities of serious illness or old age, and the forgiving of the person’s sins” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1499, 1520, 1523, 1526-1532).

Even Christians who live the new life of God’s children still remain subject to suffering, illness, and death. Illness can be experienced either as an invitation to a deeper union with the suffering of Christ which leads to greater spiritual maturity or as a path to self-absorption and even to revolt against God. In illness, we experience our powerlessness and limitations, and serious illness can make us glimpse death.

The Lord Jesus had great compassion on the sick, and His many healings are a resplendent sign that the Kingdom of God is among us. Christ even identified Himself with everyone who is sick: “I was sick and you visited me” (Mt 25:36). But the Lord did not heal all the sick. His healings were signs of the coming of the Kingdom, and they announced a more radical healing: the victory over sin and death through His Passover. On the Cross, the Lord Jesus took away the “sin of the world,” of which physical illness is only a consequence. By his passion and death on the Cross, Christ has given a new meaning to all human suffering: it can henceforth configure us to Him and unite us with His redemptive suffering.

“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters (priests) of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15). This New Testament passage describes one of the seven sacraments: the Anointing of the Sick. This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is given to all those (after the age of 7) who are seriously ill by anointing them with oil blessed by the Bishop, and it is not reserved only for those who are at the point of death. This sacred anointing can be repeated for each serious illness or for a relapse of the same illness.

The grace of this sacrament unites the sick disciple more closely to the suffering of Christ, strengthens the disciple to endure his own suffering with peace and courage, and forgives any sins that were not previously forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance. The Catechism describes the Anointing of the Sick in sections 1499-1532; please study those pages carefully to understand more fully when this sacrament should be requested and what the effects of such Anointing are.

Holy Orders

“The Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry by which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church through the laying on of hands. This sacrament has three distinct degrees or ‘orders’: deacon, priest, and bishop. All three confer a permanent, sacramental character” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 536).

“The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the ‘common priesthood of the faithful.’ Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the midst of the community” (Catechism, 1591).

There are two sacraments at the service of communion: Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony. Both of these sacraments confer a special grace directed not towards the salvation of the one who receives the sacrament, but to the salvation of those who are served by the one ordained or married. In Baptism and Confirmation, we are consecrated or set apart from the world by God and for God; in Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony we receive another consecration. Bishops, priests, and deacons are consecrated to feed the Church by the Word and grace of God, and spouses are consecrated for the duties and dignity of marital love and family life.

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the messianic mission of Christ continues in His Church until the end of time. The three degrees of this one sacrament (episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate) are a participation in the apostolic offices of teaching, sanctifying, and governing given by the Lord Jesus to the Twelve. In Roman law, the word “order” designated a group or civil body within society, and “ordination” means incorporation into an “order.”

Sacred Scripture describes to us the three offices of ministry proper to the New Covenant, and each of these offices constitutes a single such “order” in the Church: the Order of Bishops, the Order of Priests (or Presbyters), and the Order of Deacons. A baptized man is ordained into one of these three Orders by a prayer of consecration and the laying on of hands by a true bishop in apostolic succession, and this liturgical action of Christ and the Church confers on the one ordained the sacred power to preach the Word of God and administer the other sacraments, according to the station of each Order.
Bishops and presbyters share by different degrees in the one ministerial priesthood of the New Covenant; by their consecration, bishops and priests are configured to the Lord Jesus in such a way that they can act in His Person in the sacred liturgy and stand in the Person of Christ, Head and Bridegroom of the Church. The ministerial priesthood has the task of representing Christ the Head of the Church before the whole assembly and also of acting in the name of the whole Church when offering to God the prayer of the Church. Deacons are ordained unto a ministry of service, but not to the priesthood. Deacons assist bishops and priests in the celebration of the sacred mysteries, in works of charity, in blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel, in administering baptism, and in presiding over funerals. Read sections 1533-1600 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a fuller explanation of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.