Christ the Redeemer

Catholic Church - 12745 Oriole Ave, Grand Terrace, CA 92313


The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.

The purpose of the sacraments is to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God; but being signs, they also have a teaching function. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and object, they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called "sacraments of faith." The sacraments impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them disposes the faithful most effectively to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God rightly, and to practice charity.


Christ the Redeemer provides formation classes for parents and Godparents. This formation meets the requirements of the Diocese of San Bernardino. The two required sessions are scheduled every other month in preparation for baptism celebrations in the following month. The due date for submission of the baptismal form is published in the bulletin.
Parents: To begin the process for the baptism of infants and children under seven years of age, parents will need to come to the parish office to complete a Baptismal Information form and bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
Requirements for Godparent are dependent on current status and may include: 1) Certificates of baptism, 1st Eucharist, and Confirmation, 2) Certification of Baptism class completion within past two years or attendance at the CTR class, 3) A letter of good standing from parish if they are not registered at Christ the Redeemer.
During the initial appointment the baptismal form will be reviewed and the schedule of the formation sessions and date of the baptism celebrations will be provided.

First Holy Communion and Reconciliation

The The guidelines for families involved in sacramental programs at Christ the Redeemer are as follows (all of the following criterion must be met for a child to be eligible to participate):
The child has been baptized in the Catholic Church and a copy of the certificate is on file at our office.
The child is in second grade or higher to receive First Holy Communion.
The child has participated in at least one year of religious education in either a parish program ir Catholic school (if the classes are from another parish we need a letter from the parish where the class was attended).
The child’s family is registered at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church.
The child will participate in their grade level classes and their sacramental classes. Parents will participate in the parent classes at the scheduled times.
We will provide a retreat for each sacrament in which you and your child can participate. Parent and sponsor attendance at these retreats is essential if a child is to adequately be prepared to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation or Eucharist.


Confirmation is a two year process. Candidates must be at least a freshman in high school to start confirmation preparation. Candidates must be baptized in the Catholic Church and must have already received the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. Consistent participation in Youth Ministry and regular Mass attendance is required. At least one retreat must be attended at each year of sacramental preparation for Confirmation.


Your decision to be joined in the Sacrament of Marriage brings many changes in your lives as Christians and as members of Christ the Redeemer. It is important therefore, that you spend some time in preparation for this new role.
We are deeply concerned that a couple wishing to marry understand the position of the Catholic Church in regard to the sacramental nature of Marriage, children and the special indissoluble commitment they will be asked to make to each other and to the Church.
Every couple wishing to marry at Christ the Redeemer must notify the office at least six months prior to the proposed wedding date; they must participate in a pre-marriage program and must complete various documents.

The Anointing of the Sick

The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Contact the parish office to arrange for an anointing.

Holy Orders

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8). This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.
For additional information visit the diocesan website.



a visible sign of an inward grace, especially one of the solemn Christian rites considered to have been instituted by Jesus Christ to symbolize or confer grace...