The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are parts of Jesus' own saving work and continue that ministry today. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.
If you are a parishioner at St. Dominic’s who will receive a sacrament at another parish, you may be asked to provide a letter of good standing. Please fill out the form below and submit it to Cecilia Treat at the parish office, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (323) 255-3067. The letter will be sent directly to the church where the sacrament will take place, and a copy will be sent the parishioner for your records. Please allow 5-10 days for the letter to be sent.
Request for a Letter of Good Standing.
To receive a copy of a certificate for a sacrament that has taken place at St. Dominic's, please fill out the form below and submit it to the parish office. A baptism certificate may only be given to the person who was baptized or their parents. If you are from out of state, you must provide a notarized letter affirming your identity.
Request for a copy of a Sacramental Certificate.
The sadness of death should give way in our liturgy to the promise of resurrected life. Our celebration of a person’s life should reflect our conviction that in Jesus Christ we have life beyond life.
The Church takes very seriously its responsibility to offer corporal works of mercy, and these include the proper burial of the deceased. Therefore, St. Dominic’s offers its parishioners and friends the complete funeral rite as a means of consolation for the living and grace-filled assistance for the deceased. These rites, which are most properly celebrated in the parish church of the deceased, include a vigil at the church or mortuary, a funeral Mass at the church or a Catholic cemetery with a consecrated chapel, and interment of the body or inurnment of ashes. Funerals at St. Dominic’s are limited to Catholic parishioners and to those with significant ties to the parish.
Funerals are normally held Monday through Saturday at times depending on clergy and church availability. A vigil is normally held the afternoon or evening before, at the church or at the funeral home.
The first step to take when planning a funeral liturgy is to consult one of our Dominican priests. This may be done by contacting the main office at (323) 254-2519.
Becoming a Catholic Christian
From the time of the apostles, becoming a Christian has been accomplished by a journey and initiation in several stages. This journey can be covered rapidly or slowly, but certain essential elements will always have to be present: proclamation of the Word, acceptance of the Gospel entailing conversion, profession of faith, Baptism itself, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and admission to Eucharistic communion.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1229
The Rite of Christian initiation of Adults (RCIA) is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation, and at the proper time will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. At St. Dominic’s Church, we have an open enrollment - you may start the journey any time!
RCIA Meetings: Tuesday evenings
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
in the Adult Education Room
If you have any questions, please call Sr. Joyanne at 323-254-2519. The fee for classes is $25.00.
"Sacraments are 'powers that comes forth' from the Body of Christ, (cf. Luke 5:17) which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church.
They are 'the masterworks of God' in the new and everlasting covenant."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1116