The first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

We believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. Children receive their 1st Holy Communion upon completion of a two year class. Learn more about our 1st Holy Communion classes.

Also known as Penance, Reconciliation has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

This is the sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Learn more about Confirmation classes at Holy Spirit and St. Mary Magdalen.

Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values. Learn more about getting married at our parishes.

Holy Orders
In Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Learn more about becoming a priest at and support those on the journey by praying for vocations.

Anointing of the Sick
Formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, this is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

Please contact the Holy Spirit Pastoral Center at 323.935.1333 or St. Mary Magdalen Rectory at 310.652.2444 if you need a priest to administer this sacrament.