Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Jesus’ chosen way of gifting His life of grace to us for all time.

“Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian Life:   they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1210.) 

 

  
 
 

Baptism

is a sacrament, an encounter with Christ, a time when Christ comes to us and acts within us and among us. It is a powerful and visual reminder to all that God’s love and salvation are not earned but offered to us as a gift. It is this gift that we desire to share with our children.

  • A baby’s baptism is a time for celebration and joy.
  • One is freed from initial sin and welcomed into the Church.

 

 
 
 

 
First time one receives the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is one of the central focuses of the Church.  Adults wishing to receive First Communion should sign up for our RCIA program.  Children in our school and FFP (Faith Formation Program) are prepared for this sacrament in second grade.  We want children experiencing First Eucharist to have a complete understanding of what it is they are receiving, thus preparation for First Eucharist starts the year before they are to receive the sacrament. Parents should have their children enrolled in Faith Formation  classes by 1st grade.  Once these children are prepared, they receive their First Communion in early May.

 

 
 

 

Confirmation

One receives the Holy Spirit and becomes an adult member of the Catholic Church. Adults wishing to be Confirmed should sign up for our RCIA program.  Children in High School and FFP are prepared for this Sacrament in eleventh grade.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Reconciliation/Penance

One receives pardon from God for the sins one has committed.Adults wishing to receive Reconciliation for the first time should sign up for our RCIA program.  Children in our school and FFP (Faith Formation Program ) are prepared for this sacrament in second grade prior to receiving First Communion. For those that have not received the sacrament of reconciliation, please take the time to look over this document to prepare yourself for this sacrament.

 

Marriage

The sacrament in which a lifelong partnership is formed between a man and a woman.

Couples contemplating marriage should call the pastor for information about premarital preparation policies.  This should be done six to twelve months in advance of the anticipated wedding date.

 

 

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which deacons, priests and bishops are ordained and receive the grace and power to perform sacred duties.

 

Anointing of the Sick

Uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, giving them the strength, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner through the sufferings of illness or old age.

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