Even though the Quince ceremony is not a sacrament, it is usually celebrated with a Catholic mass.
During the Quinceanera mass, the young girl receives Holy Communion, makes an act of consecration to the Virgin Mary, gifts the Virgin Mary with a bouquet of flowers, and receives gifts that are blessed by the priest.
There are so many details to cover when planning a Quinceanera mass, lucky for you, we are here to help! Here is a quick guide you MUST consider before preparing for your mass.
Anticipated time to reserve the church and availability of the priest
At least six months before the desired Quinceanera date. Also, suggest your proposed date for your celebration and inquire if the Priest would be willing to prepare you throughout the process.
Active parish members
Many churches require Quinceanera to be baptized and reached their First Communions. You’ll be expected to submit the sacramental certificates.
It is common for parishes to require that you be a member of that church and that you take preparatory classes, similar to first communion courses. Ask if any fees are applicable for the mass.
Fee for the church
Once your desired date is available you’ll be expected to pay a non-refundable fee in order to reserve the church. Booking can be free although some parishes might charge up to $400 and request half as a deposit. If you can afford it, look into sharing the mass with other Quinceaneras.
The family is required to position two large flower arrangements to decorate the sanctuary. Flowers are always welcome, but they must remain at the church after the Quinceanera mass is over.
Music for the mass
You are responsible for reserving the musician/choir and for the fee to the musicians/choirs.
Quinceanera mass rehearsals
Everyone participating in the ceremony must be present at the rehearsal
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