The Seven Sacraments
The seven sacraments are the life of the Catholic Church. Our celebrations of the sacraments are signs of Jesus’ presence in our lives and a means for receiving his grace. When we participate in them, each provides us with graces—with the life of God in our soul. In worship, we give to God that which we owe Him; in the sacraments, He gives us the graces necessary to live a truly human life.
Baptism - Sacrament of Initiation
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants of adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Reconciliation - The Sacrament of Healing
Reconciliation, also known as Penance, has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness - as a result we are called to forgive others.
Eucharist - Sacrament of Initiation
As Catholics, we believe the Eucharist is both a sacrifice and a meal. We Believe in the real presence of Jesus who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we are also nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
Matrimony - Sacrament of Service
The Sacrament of Marriage is a public sign that one gives oneself to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.
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Confirmation - Sacrament of Initiation
Confirmation is a sacrament of mature commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments, by proclaiming the Gospel and by providing other means to holiness.
Anointing of the Sick - Sacrament of Healing
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.