Congratulations on your desire to celebrate with family and friends an important transition in your faith life as a follower of Christ. We look forward to praying and celebrating with you.
The quinceañera is a traditional celebration of life and gratitude to God on the occasion of the fifteenth birthday of a young Hispanic woman. The ritual emphasizes her passage from childhood to adulthood. The family usually requests a Mass or a blessing to be held in the Church. The rite is frequently celebrated in several countries in the Americas, including Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is frequently requested by Hispanic Catholics in the dioceses of the United States of America.
In the presence of family and friends, the young woman (the quinceañera), often accompanied by young men and women of her choice (damas y chambelanes), enters the Church in procession, together with her parents and godparents. If she has prepared the readings, she may serve as the lector for at least one of the readings. After the Liturgy of the Word, the quinceañera makes a commitment to God and the Blessed Virgin to live out the rest of her life according to the teachings of Christ and the Church by renewing her Baptismal promises. Then, signs of faith (medal, Bible, rosary, prayer book) which have been blessed and may be given to her. A special blessing of the quinceañera concludes the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
The parents, in coming to the parish Church seeking the blessing, acknowledge that their daughter has reached the age where she is capable of handling additional responsibility. They see the quince años Mass or celebrations as a way to thank God for the blessing of their daughter’s life and to seek God’s blessing and guidance as she enters adulthood. The extended family, (grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) is usually present, to celebrate with the quinceañera, padrinos other couples acting as sponsors, may bring forward the blessed religious articles which are presented to the quinceañera.
If you would like to celebrate your Quinceañera at St. Paul VI Parish, please contact the Parish Office at 708-447-1020.
Please Read: Quinceañeras Requirements
In order for the young lady to celebrate the Quinceañera within the Mass or in a Liturgy that is not mass a communion service, she and her family must comply with the following requirements:
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