Old Saint Mary's Cathedral + Holy Family Chinese Mission welcome families who brig there children for initiation into the the Christian community through Baptism. Baptism is usually celebrated in the family's home parish. If you are a parishioner or have family ties to Old Saint Mary's or Holy Family, and wish to have a child baptized, or if you need to prepare for baptism as a parent or godparent, please us at (415) 288-3800 to make an appointment.
Adult Inquiry, Baptism and Confirmation
Are you interested in exploring the Catholic Faith? Are you a baptized Catholic who has not received communion or been confirmed?
Adults enter the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of education, reflection, and celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist.
The first step to becoming a Catholic is Inquiry. It's a time to ask any questions you may have about faith and to discuss your life in relation to them: Who is God? Who is Jesus Christ? What is the Church? What do the Scriptures mean, and how do we read them? What are the Sacraments, and what does it mean to celebrate them?
The second period of R.C.I.A. is called the Catechunate. Catechumen means "one who studies," and this time is dedicated to a more in-depth study of the Scriptures and the specific teachings of the Church. What do the life and teachings of Jesus tell is about how we should live? How does the life of the Church support discipleship in Christ? Catechumentate lasts until the beginning of the season of Lent in late winter. Lent means Spring, and is a period of reflection and preparation for Easter.
With the first Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the third period of R.C.I.A. known as Election or Purification. Participants in the R.C.I.A. process, are now called the Elect. They focus on prayer and interior preparation for the reception of the sacraments during the six weeks of Lent. Themes from the season of Lent increase our awareness of the cost of discipleship, and the commitment each of us is asked to make to the call of one bread, one body.
Election ends with a day of retreat on Palm Sunday, the last Sunday before Easter. The Elect celebrate full initiation into the Church with the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist during the great Easter Vigil on the following Saturday night. Their initiation is part of the whole Church's celebration of new life available to all of us in the resurrection of Jesus. Having passed over into the priestly ministry of God's people, they receive the name of Neophytes, which means "one who is newly planted in the faith."
To learn more or join our Inquiry and RCIA program, contact Bartholomew Landry, C.S.P., at (415) 288-3800.
Interested in getting married at Old Saint Mary's Cathedral or Holy Family Chinese Mission? Old Saint Mary's is available for the celebration of weddings for parishioners and non-parishioners alike. One party must be a practicing Catholic and must have have permission of the pastor of their home parish. Please contact us at (415) 288-3800 or visit the Old Saint Mary's online Catholic wedding guide for more information.
Pastoral Care of the Sick
For pastoral care in case of accident or emergency, please call (415) 288-3800.
The Sacrament of the Sick is intended to strengthen those who are aged or seriously or chronically sick, to connect them to the community of believers, and to make God's healing power visible even amid suffering and infirmity. If you or a loved one is facing surgery or serious illness, and wish to be anointed, please contact the church at at (415) 288-3800.
Visits to the Sick and Homebound.
Illness or old age can be isolating and spiritually challenging as well as physically debilitating. It is important for sick or homebound Christians to remain connected to the larger faith community and to know they are valued and cared for, despite their infirmity.
If you are a member of Old Saint Mary's + Holy Family and illness or age prevents you from attending church, call (415) 288-3800 and we will arrange for someone to visit and/or bring communion.
The loss of a loved one is a key moment in the life of a believer, In this difficult tome of grief and transition, it is important to be surrounded by faith and prayer in a caring and supportive environment.
To make arrangements for a funeral or memorial service at Old Saint Mary's or with Holy Family Chinese Mission, please call us at (415) 288-3800.
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The Old Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception: The Parish of Old Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Holy Family Chinese Mission, and St. Mary's Catholic School and Catholic Center. A Roman Catholic Ministries of the Paulist Fathers.
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