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Quinceanera

The Quinceañera is a traditional Hispanic celebration of life and gratitude to God on the occasion of the 15th birthday of a young woman.  The ritual emphasizes her passage from childhood to adulthood.  Usually in the context of a Mass, the young woman makes a commitment to God and to the Blessed Virgin Mary to live out the rest of her life according to the teachings of Christ and the Church.  At the end of the ritual, the young woman is presented to the community and the celebration often continues with a dinner and dance.

Because the Quinceañera is a major event and powerful commitment for the young woman and her family a period of preparation is required. The process begins with an interview with our Youth Minister to get to know more about the person and their journey of faith.   After the interview there is a series of catechetical classes to help young women, in a group setting, reflect upon their faith and become stronger members of their parishes.   The Hispanic Ministry based out of St. Theresa’s here in Federal Way offers these classes once a year from January through May.  During this time of preparation, the young woman also does service hours for the community.  

Quinceañeras are not only family events, but are also meant to be community celebrations.  The parish will designate a Saturday afternoon in the summer for the celebration of Quinceñeras.   Other times may be available at the Life Teen Mass Sunday evenings.    For those anticipating a quinceañera  please contact the parish one year in advance.

Preparing for the Quinceñera is an opportunity to empower young people to live as disciples of Christ in today’s world, to inspire young people to participate in the life and mission of the Church, and to foster the personal and spiritual grown of our youth.  In particular, the Quinceñera offers an opportunity for a teenage girl to reflect on her role as a Catholic Christian woman. 

 

The Mission of Youth Ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish is to foster youth to love justly with integrity for all as a Eucharistic people who are a living witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ

 

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