Celebrating Your Quinceañera at St. Procopius / Providence of God
Celebrating your quinceañera or “quince años” is a way for Latinos in the United States to celebrate the passage from childhood to adolescence.
When a young woman turns fifteen, there is a custom of coming to the church to give thanks to God and to Our Lady of Guadalupe for being a part of the young woman’s life and to ask for a blessing. The mass of thanksgiving is usually celebrated with family and friends present. After the Liturgy of the Word, the young woman renews her baptismal promises and makes a commitment to God and to the Virgin Mary to live her life according to the teachings of Christ. After the religious celebration, the celebration usually continues with a dinner and dance in honor of the young woman.
To reserve a date for your quinceañera at St. Procopius/Providence of God, you must stop by the parish office to fill out the required paperwork and to reserve the church for your celebration. The quinceañera Masses are at 1:00 PM at St. Procopius and at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM at Providence of God. The cost of the Mass is $375 and there is a $100 non-refundable deposit in order to officially reserve the date. You are responsible for contracting the musicians and paying them directly. The following are the numbers of some musicians: Lucy Gamboa, (708) 415-4207; Melvin & Lissette Hall (773) 550-5854; Daniel Roman (773-225-0624 and Alma Molina (312) 259-2385 Here are some of the important steps in the process:
• To demonstrate your desire to raise your child as practicing Catholics we ask the parents to promise to attend mass on a regular basis before the Quinceañera mass.
• You must attend two retreats which are held on two consecutive Friday evenings. The retreats are held on Fridays from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM. The first Friday is for the quinceañera and her parents, and the second Friday is for the quinceañera and the Damas and Chambelanes. At the beginning of the second Friday session we offer the opportunity for the quinceañera and all present to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The following are the dates for the retreats:
You can print the following documents:
o Important information about the Quinceañera liturgy.
o The Scripture Readings.
o The Petitions.
If you would like to include music as part of the mass, (which we recommend) the arrangements are made separately with the musicians. The following are the numbers of some musicians you might want to contact: Guitarists: Lucy Gamboa (708) 415-4207 and Alma Molina (312)259-2385; Taberah Music Group 773-396-7621. If you know of other musicians you may also ask them to play at the mass.
We do not schedule quinceañeras on Sundays, and we do not permit the following in the church: throwing flower petals, blocking pews with banner decorations, or lit candles.
The donation for the Quinceañera process and mass is $550 ($450 if you are officially registered at the parish, attend mass on a regular basis, and contribute using envelopes each Sunday). A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold the church for your celebration, and the total amount due must be paid in full a month before the Quinceañera mass.