baptismBaptism

Baptism is the sacrament that frees persons from sin and makes them a member of Christ and His Church.  It is thus the door to a new and supernatural life.

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We joyfully invite parents to initiate the wonderful process of their child’s baptism by filling out the form below.  Upon receipt of the form, we will contact you to set up an interview with one of our parish staff.  This interview should be attended by both parents and may be scheduled in either during the day or evening.

The Diocese of San Diego requires at least one pre-baptismal instruction class for both parents and godparents.   If you have attended a class within the last three years, you do not need to retake the class.  Our classes are offered on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm and the third Sunday of the month from 1 pm – 3 pm.   Please indicate your class preference during your interview.  Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate to the interview.

Godparents must be practicing Catholics who have received all three sacraments of initiation.  They must attend a baptism class either here or at their own parish.  Proof of attendance must be submitted to SES at least ten days before the child’s baptism.  Remember, the principle role of the godparent is to assist you in raising your child in the Catholic faith.

If you have any questions about the baptismal preparation process, please call Patty Mann at 760.607.5014.

If you are not yet a registered parishioner, please fill out our New Parishioner form.

Download Baptism Policy and Form (updated Jan. 2019)

Download Godparents Affirmation Form

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penancePenance

If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing ~1 John 1:9

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Confessions are held every Saturday from 3 pm – 4 pm or by appointment 760.438.3393.
Communal Penance Service is available during Christmas and Lent. Details will be posted on our bulletin.

Children in preparation for First Eucharist participate in a special communal First Reconciliation service.

Confession guide booklets are available in the narthex of the church.
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eucharistEucharist

I am the Bread of Life. ~John 6:35

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First Eucharist is received in the second grade after a two year preparation. First Reconciliation precedes First Eucharist.
The reception of First Communion is open to all children in 2nd grade and older who have completed the preparation classes. Parish celebrations are held in the Easter season of each year within the parish community.

To learn more about the Religious Education program, call the Religious Education office for more information 760.607.5014.
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Confirmation

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. (Source:Catholic.org)

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Each fall, students 14 years of age (usually in 9th grade) or older, are invited to enroll in the preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Candidates will share in-class instructions, spiritual formation, small faith communities, Christian witness and community formation. The program is spread over two years. Minimum age requirement from the diocese for confirmation is fifteen years old. Teens who are not baptized or have not received First Eucharist may still prepare for these sacraments through our program. To learn more about our Confirmation Program, please call 760.607.5018 .
What happens at Confirmation?

Diocesan Policies for Confirmation
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marriageMatrimony

But the greatest of these is Love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13

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Congratulations! Our community is dedicated to making this time for marriage preparation an experience that will be beneficial and one that will remain with you through the years.
All couples wishing to be married at St. Elizabeth Seton must be registered parishioners. We recommend allowing six to nine months to complete the marriage preparation program. Please call the parish office first to make arrangements at 760.438.3393 before choosing a date or reserving a reception venue.
In addition to several meetings with the Pastor/Wedding team preparing you for marriage, the Diocese of San Diego requires a two-part preparation process. You are required, at minimum, to complete a Pre-Cana Workshop (which is offered through the Diocese of San Diego one Saturday or Sunday a month) and participate in either Evenings for the Engaged, an Engaged Encounter Weekend, or Pre-Marital Counseling. Additional preparation may be necessary depending on your circumstances.
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holyordersHoly Orders

Order is a true sacrament instituted by Christ who ordained the Apostles at the Last Supper. (Source: Catholic.org)

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Persons interested in becoming priests, deacons, sisters or brothers should contact the Pastor or the Deacon for guidance and further information at 760.438.3393.
If you would like to promote vocations in our parish, we invite you to consider the Knights of Columbus or the Serra Club (named after our newest saint: St. Junipero Serra). Both of these ministries are known for fostering and affirming vocations to the religious life.
For more information, please visit the Archdiocese’ vocation website.
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anointingAnointing of the Sick

The holy anointing makes the man who stands at the threshold of eternity and loyally cooperates with the grace of the sacrament ready to enter directly upon the Beatific Vision. (Source: Catholic.org)

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 If you are experiencing an illness, injury, impending surgery or weakness due to age, there is a powerful help available for you here in our Church. Most especially, we want you to be spiritually fortified and experience the peace that God alone can give. So it is natural and wise to turn to God, our Father, and to Jesus, our Savior, with your needs, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
The anointing of the sick is a sacrament of the Church in which the priest prays, lays hands, and anoints the sick person with blessed oil. It may be preceded by the sacrament of reconciliation and followed by Eucharist. The sacrament may be repeated if the recipient suffers from a different illness or injury or if the same illness or condition becomes more serious.
Elderly people may be anointed if they have become weakened even though no serious illness is present.
The sacrament may be celebrated during a weekday liturgy (with prior arrangement) before going to the hospital, or you may celebrate the sacrament at home with family and friends gathered in support and prayer. In case of an emergency situation, or if you or someone in your family is incapacitated, the priest will go to the hospital, your home or other location.
Please call the parish office 760.438.3393 for assistance.

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*RCIA classes are available for adults and children who have not been baptized; those who have been baptized in other Christian religions and wish to become Catholic; and Catholics who need to complete their initiation with Confirmation and/or Holy Communion. We invite you to join our free Inquiry sessions to ask all your questions about the Catholic faith. Please contact PattyM@seschurch.org  or 760.607.5014 for more information.

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