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FAQs at OLM

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How to Add to the Prayer List?

If you or someone you know is in need of a prayer, please provide the name of the person(s) and the intention (e.g., health, employment, deceased, etc). All requests are confidential. OLM will offer prayers daily. Also, Mass intentions may be sent to the Church Office.
contact
Parish Office
or call 310.456.2361

How to Request a Mass Intention?

In order to request a special Mass intention, you will need to contact the Church Office.
contact
Parish Office
or call 310.456.2361

How to Arrange an OLM Funeral?

The death of a loved one is marked by the grief and solemnity over the departed and in the Catholic Church the celebration of their receiving God's forgiveness and eternal life. This message of hope can be a comfort when arranging a Catholic funeral service at Our Lady of Malibu.

We strive to provide the family and loved ones with compassionate support in planning a Catholic Funeral or Memorial Liturgy to celebrate and honor the life of the deceased loved one.
A Catholic Funeral officiated by a priest consists of:
- the Funeral Vigil, aka a wake or memorial, often held in the Church, and may or may not have the remains of the deceased present.
- the Mass of Christian Burial, where the remains of the departed must be present, is the liturgical service to honor your beloved in the Church, and it includes the Eucharist (Communion). You may (or request that the priest) choose liturgical readings, music, readers, etc. OLM offers the services of a musician and vocalist.
- the Rite of Committal (graveside service) follows the Mass.

The Rosary, when family, loved ones, and friends gather together in the home or the Church to pray the traditional 8 days of Catholic prayers for the deceased customarily follows the viewing or Funeral Vigil.

From the funeral flowers to the graveside service, OLM will spiritually assist you to offer a Catholic funeral service as the departed may have wished.
contact
Parish Office
or call 310.456.2361

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How to Arrange an OLM Rosary?

Roman Catholic Rosary
Prayers of the Rosary

Apostle's Creed
Lord's Prayer
Hail Mary
Glory Be
Hail Holy Queen

Click Prayers of the Rosary to view the individual prayers.
The Rosary is a daily devotion and meditation for devout Catholics, and is often used for bereavement and traditionally recited before the Funeral Vigil. Learn more about the Rosary.

To arrange a Rosary at OLM or if you need help with a home-based funeral Rosary,
contact
Parish Office
or call 310.456.2361

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How to Become Catholic?

CHILD: Children through education and faith formation progress to becoming Catholic. To learn more, visit Baptism, Youth Confirmation, Eucharist, and Sunday School

ADULT: All are invited to the way, the truth, and the life that Jesus Christ offers. Are you ready to explore your faith, know God through Jesus, and do what you are able for the least of our brothers and sisters? To learn more, visit Becoming Catholic and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Becoming Catholic is a spiritual series of progressions and events that are marked and celebrated by completion of the three Rites of Initiation into the Catholic Christian faith. These three Sacraments are: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, patron saint of Our Lady of Malibu Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.

The progression includes education, with emphasis placed on the faith formation process. Children are usually baptized into the Catholic faith, youths are confirmed in their Catholic faith, and adults new to the Church begin the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), which includes all three sacraments.

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Parish Office
or call 310.456.2361

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How to Get Anointing of the Sick?

7 Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

One of the Seven Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Celebrated bi-annually after Easter and after Pentecost

During Mass when called, come join the line of those awaiting Anointing of the Sick.

By special appointment, if you or someone you know is sick or gravely ill and unable to attend Mass, please contact us.
Anointing of the Sick enables us to ask the grace of the Holy Spirit to descend upon the afflicted. The priest or deacon says a special blessing while anointing those who wish with the Holy Oil of Chrism. The congregation is asked to join in a prayer of healing. A moving ceremony, all who feel the need of God's helping hand in their lives are called to participate.

contact
Parish Office
or call 310.456.2361

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How to Get Baptism?

7 Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

One of the Seven Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Celebrated the Fourth Sunday of the Month

CHILD age 0 - 7
Traditionally, infants and young children are baptized from 3 months old up to age seven.
contact
Parish Office
or call 310.456.2361

CHILD age 7+
OLM welcomes children age seven and older to baptism. We offer baptism preparation to meet the needs of children and their parents.
contact
Marie Slaton, Director, Religious Education
or call 310.456.2361

ADULTS
OLM invites all to the Holy Sacrament of Baptism and the Catholic community. We look forward to hearing from you.
contact
Sr. Brigid McGuigan
or call 310.456.2361
Baptism is birth into new life in Christ. The essential Rite of Baptism consists of immersing the candidate in Holy Water (water consecrated by a priest) or pouring Holy Water on the head, with the words "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

The grace of Baptism includes birth to new life as an adopted son or daughter of God and the forgiveness of original sin and all personal sin. The baptized person becomes part of the Body of Christ, the Church community. Baptism can be received only once since the sacrament imparts on the soul an indelible spiritual sign which dedicates the baptized person for Christian worship. Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children for it is a gift of God that does not require human merit. See U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sections 1278, 1279, 1280, 1282. Baptism is one of the three sacraments of the Rite of Christian Initiation that define our Christianity.

Our Lady of Malibu welcomes children and adults to baptism.
Children: For a child to be baptized in the Catholic Church there must be a basis of hope that the child will be raised in the Catholic faith, which generally means that at least one parent is Catholic. Each child to be baptized must also have at least one godparent who is a confirmed, practicing Catholic over the age of sixteen. Please register your child(ren) at least two months in advance with the appropriate parish office. OLM asks parents to participate in a Baptism Parent Preparation session prior to their child's baptism. This session is designed to help parents reflect spiritually on being new parents and how this change has affected their relationship with God. Reflection will also include the parents' thoughts on the faith they desire for their child. The theology of the sacrament and practical aspects of the ceremony will also be discussed.

Adults: For adults wishing to be baptized, Our Lady of Malibu asks that baptism be part of becoming Catholic, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, a two year process of learning and living the Catholic faith. OLM invites you to attend our Mass, and listen to the Word of God. When you wish to contact us about becoming Catholic, we will very much look forward to your call. To learn more about becoming Catholic, visit Become Catholic and RCIA at OLM.

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How to Get (First) Communion (aka Eucharist)?

7 Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

One of the Seven Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Initiation (First Communion) and thereafter weekly at Mass

CHILDREN: Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion occur in the 2nd grade. A child must be registered in the OLM Sunday School. contact
Marie Slaton
or call 310.456.2361

ADULTS: Those who wish to partake of the Eucharist for the first time as adults must be enrolled in OLM's Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
contact
Sr. Brigid McGuigan
or call 310.456.2361
First Communion is initiation into the Holy Eucharist. The essential signs of the sacrament of the Eucharist are the bread and wine, on which the blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked when the priest pronounces the words of consecration spoken by Jesus during the Last Supper: "This is my body which will be given up for you ... This is the cup of my blood ..." Under the consecrated species of bread and wine, Christ himself is present in a true, real and substantial manner; his Body and his blood, with his soul and his divinity.

Receiving the Eucharist, the Holy Communion sustains our strength for life and unites us with the Church. The Eucharist, along with Baptism and Confirmation complete the Rite of Initiation.

Preparation for the Eucharist is specialized for a child or adult. Before age seven, children are encouraged during the Eucharist to advance to the priest or Eucharistic Minister with their arms crossed at their breast to receive a benediction rather than the Eucharist. The Eucharist is given to children raised in the Catholic faith usually at age seven, when they have undergone careful preparation and have sufficient knowledge to understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity. For adults, the Eucharist is one of the three sacraments of the Rite of Christian Initiation that define our Christianity. Adults baptized as Catholics may receive the Eucharist.

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How to Get Confession (Penance)?

7 Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

One of the Seven Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Observed on the Tuesdays before the annual Easter Vigil, the Christmas Vigil and as needed on Saturdays before Evening Vigil Mass

Children & Youth: Upon completion of the Holy Sacrament of First Communion (Eucharist), children aged 7 and older and youth may participate in the sacrament of Penance.

Adult: With completion of the Holy Sacrament of First Communion (Eucharist), adults are encouraged to heartfully and mindfully participate in Penance, the Sacrament of Reconciliation. True Reconciliation comes only with faith-filled prayer, mercy, and repentance.

God's Gift of Mercy

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

St. Francis of Assisi
The Sacrament of Penance -- also known as Confession or Reconciliation -- offers an experience of the gift of God's forgiveness. With Penance we are shown God's loving mercy, while challenging us to repent and not sin again, and as God freely gives of His gifts, show compassion and forgiveness to those who sin against us.

"In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins ... With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God."
From the United Catholic Conference of Bishops

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How to Get Confirmation?

7 Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

One of the Seven Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Celebrated at the annual Easter Vigil

YOUTH
Youth Confirmation is a rite of passage in the Catholic faith. It is a 2-year process. To learn more, please visit Youth Confirmation.

ADULT
Adult Confirmation is part of the journey and progression of becoming Catholic, and occurs in the second year of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). To learn more, visit Adult Confirmation.
Confirmation is the Holy Sacrament that perfects Baptismal grace. It is the sacrament whick gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in relationship with God, to draw us more firmly into Christ, to strengthen our bond with Church and bring us more closely into living her mission. Confirmation helps us to bear witness to the Christian faith in words as well as deeds.

Confirmation imprints a spiritual mark on the soul; for this reason this sacrament can be received only once in one's life. At Confirmation, a diocesan Bishop welcomes the candidates as fully initiated members of the Catholic Christian community by anointing each one with chrism (holy oil). Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of the Rite of Christian Initiation that define our Christianity.

Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year process and a life-long journey. The Catholic Church welcomes to the Sacrament of Confirmation youths age 16 and older and adults.

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How to Get Married at OLM?

7 Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

One of the Seven Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Celebrated Saturday AM

Marriage at OLM:
  • Register six (6) months in advance with OLM.
  • Enroll and participate regularly in OLM's Marriage Preparation.
  • Contact OLM's Wedding Coordinator, who can help with all of the practical details of an OLM wedding ceremony.

  • contact
    Parish Office
    or call 310.456.2361
    Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties who freely give themselves, each to the other, mutually in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. The sacrament signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to live each with the love with which Christ loves has loved his Church. The grace of the sacrament strengthens the human love of the spouses and the unity of their marriage and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life.

    Marriage Preparation: OLM offers spiritual and practical preparation for the couple, as they undertake the Sacrament of Matrimony. The couple should contact OLM at least six (6) months before the desired wedding date. The couple will meet twice with the priest or deacon who will be the Celebrant for the wedding. He will guide the couple through the Marriage Preparation process. At the first meeting, he will acquaint you with needed paperwork (e.g., Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate), the different options for marriage preparation, and help the couple to prepare themselves spiritually for this special sacrament.

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    How to Join OLM?

    OLM welcomes you!

    PARISH REGISTRATION FORM

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    How to Volunteer at OLM?

    "It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters."
    Mother Teresa
    Find a way to make a difference while living your Catholic faith. All that we have is gift from God. With service and generosity the way of Jesus, we invite you to give freely of your time and talents in responsible, loving stewardship of God's trust as God has given freely to all of us. OLM welcomes you to take up the mantle of stewardship by giving of your time.

    To see how you may lend a hand, see the main menu for Ministries. Page through our website for opportunites for involvement and becoming part of our community in order to help you, as Jesus asked us to, shine as a lamp upon the world. God bless.

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