* CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS
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Quinceañera within Mass
NON CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS & NON-MEMBERS
Quinceañera within Mass
*Contributing Members contribute $500.00 or more per year.
THE BLESSING ON THE 15TH (Quinceañera) or 16TH (Sweet Sixteen) BIRTHDAY
San Martín de Porres Catholic Parish--Sahuarita
1. The Quinceañera and her parents must contact the parish office at least 4 months prior to the event. After all paperwork has been submitted, a date and time may be requested, with final approval from the pastor.
2. Sacramental Requirements:
-The Quinceañera must have received Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. (Must present original certificates at time of sign up). If the Quinceañera has not been confirmed, she must register, attend, and complete Confirmation classes. She will receive the sacrament with her class.
-The Quinceañera and her family must attend Mass every Sunday, or vigil Mass on Saturday, at the Roman Catholic Parish of San Martín de Porres. If she attends Mass at another parish, she must present proof in writing by the priest or deacon witnessing.
3. The Quinceañera must be enrolled and attend school.
We may request a letter of recommendation from her teacher(s) or principal.
4. The Quinceañera cannot…
-Be married, engaged or living in common law union, be a mother, or pregnant.
5. The Quinceañera Celebration
-There are no Quinceañera celebrations during Lent.
-The Quinceañera celebrations may be scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays if approved by the Pastor.
-The Quinceañera, her family, and friends must receive the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) prior to the celebration so that they may receive Holy Communion during Mass.
6. During the celebration
-Any triumphal display of vanity is to be avoided.
-The rental of limousines or luxury vehicles are considered a sign of vanity and are strictly forbidden.
-Only the parents or the godparents may walk along side of the Quinceañera as she enters the church and as she leaves. The Quinceañera cannot have an escort at any moment.
-In Quinceañeras the court may enter in front of her. No more than 7 women or girls and 7 men or boys.
7. Dress Code
-The dress may be white, ivory, or any other appropriate color approved by the pastor.
-It must cover the shoulders, chest area in full and fall below the knee.
-The headpiece may be arranged with simple jewels.
-All invited guests must wear appropriate clothes inside the church at all times. No exceptions.
-Anyone who does not cover their bodies appropriately will be escorted outside.
-Men cannot wear hats inside the church building.
-If decorations are to be used, they must be kept simple.
-Absolutely NO tape can be used to place decorations on the pews.
-Flowers for the Sanctuary must be fresh, natural and they are to remain in the church after the ceremony.
9. Music for the Quinceañera Mass
-All music must be played live (recorded music not allowed).
-Musicians must be approved by the parish.
-Photographers must show proper credentials at the parish office before they are allowed to take pictures. Only authorized photographers will be permitted to take pictures.
-Photographers must talk to priest before celebration for direction on proper places to stand and walk.
-$350.00 per celebration for a stewardship/member family.
-An additional $150.00 will be required for a non-stewardship/non-member family.
-A stewardship member contributes $500 or more per year.
-A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure participation on a particular date.
-The fee is to be paid in full at least thirty (30) days before the date of the Quinceañera.
12. Gifts for the Quinceañera
-Only the following gifts are permitted during the celebration of Quinceañera: Ring, medal, bible, rosary and flowers for the Virgin Mary.