Overview of Sacraments

Sacraments are vital to the life of the Catholic Church and were instituted by Christ. Each time we receive a sacrament we respond in a deeper way to Jesus’ call to discipleship and to a more personal relationship with him.

The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
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ANOINTING OF THE SICK The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age.

BAPTISM The first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member of the Church community. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

CONFESSION The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance, or reconciliation.

CONFIRMATION Our program, which begins in the Fall, prepares 10th Grade students for the Sacrament of Confirmation. In addition, any Catholic parishioner, 18 years or older, who wishes to be confirmed, may enter into formal sacramental preparation which begins in January.

EUCHARIST Eucharist is described by the Church in Canon Law 897: “The Most Holy Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows.”

MATRIMONY Marriage is a very important Sacrament in the Church and as such there are requirements necessary for having a marriage in the Church.