What is a Quince Años Celebration?
A tradition that is gaining popularity among many Mexican American communities is that when a young lady reaches the age of 15 years, she has a celebration called quince años, which means 15 years. This celebration probably dates back to a custom of the Mayas and the Toltecas. It was at this age that he was presented to the tribe community. A young lady was also presented to the community because she was looked upon as vital force of the tribe. For the young lady, the ceremony included the commitment and responsibility she had to the community.Catholics celebrate this custom with special emphasis on the awareness and sensitivity of the young lady in dealing with her virtues, values, concerns, and challenges of the Christian community. The quince años celebration is not a sacrament but the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist are integral parts of the celebration. The event should be celebrated in the simplest form possible to avoid creating class distinction in how it is celebrated.
FIFTEENTH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (Quinceañera)
It is a tradition that Hispanic-American communities celebrate on their daughters’ fifteenth birthday.
The requirements at St. Bartholomew’s are:
- The family must be registered members of our Parish and attend Mass regularly.
- Participate in the Quince Años Classes (four evenings). These classes are held in February and October. (due to other activities going on in the parish, dates may change)
- Participate in the three-day weekend Retreat (Carmelite Retreat). Space is limited and fills up quickly. Please
- call the CCE for more information for this retreat.
- Be enrolled in the CCE classes two years prior and currently attending. Afterwards, the young lady should continue our CCE classes to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- Have received all sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, and First Eucharist.
- A parent must come into the CCE office to register for the quinceañera classes a month prior.
- These are group celebrations.
- Dress Code – Remember dress is modest for candidate, parents, and any attendees. (Clothes must reflect the occasion – nothing too revealing can be worn. A full dress or bolero jacket must be worn.)
The Quinceañera celebrations are scheduled on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:00am. Keep in mind that the schedule is subject to change due to the timing of Easter.
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Your quinceañera is a time of rejoicing, giving thanks to God.
A time to share with friends, family, and especially your parents
who are responsible for guiding you.
We pray that the Lord will give you the strength to overcome
the temptations of the world and make you a good example to