The Latin word sacramentum means
“a sign of the sacred.”
The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace.
Sacraments of Initiation.
Just as every natural life has an origin, development and nourishing, so the faithful are born anew (Baptism), are strengthened (Confirmation), and receive the food of eternal life (Eucharist).
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.
Baptism, like the other Sacraments, is a community celebration. Each child has been blessed with the precious gift of life. God has also given other gifts that He wants parents to help their child discover. To this end, we provide a comprehensive preparation process for parents and godparents. This process includes attending a pre-baptism class as well as an orientation appointment. The necessary information and documentation is gathered to establish the newly baptized child’s sacramental record. email
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Adult Baptism, Becoming a Catholic, RCIA
The sign of anointing signifies and imprints: a spiritual seal.
For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”
Anointing is rich in meaning: oil is a sign of abundance and joy; it cleanses (anointing before and after a bath) and limbers (the anointing of athletes); oil is a sign of healing, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds; and it makes radiant with beauty, health, and strength.
High School Confirmation
Adult Sacramental Formation
Adult Sacramental Formation is the process used to provide teaching, discussion and formation for baptized adult candidates preparing to complete their Sacraments of Initiation.
Those considered for this process are baptized Catholics preparing to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist (if needed) and Confirmation.
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Becoming a Catholic/RCIA
Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
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Sacraments of Healing
The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession, is that moment of grace whereby one receives the forgiveness for sin won by Jesus Christ on the cross. Those who approach the sacrament of Reconciliation obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.
Anointing of the sick
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.”
Sacraments of Vocation
Vocation, a word that comes from the Latin for —call.— We are all called by God. In fact, we are called at many levels, and progressively throughout our lives. We are called into life, into human dignity and responsibility, and into certain relationships, communities and tasks. Most importantly of all, we are called into an intimate communion with God that does not come naturally but must be sought and cultivated within the grace, or special outreach, of God.
Matrimony is the Sacrament made by Jesus Christ
to sanctify (make holy) the lawful union
of a Christian man and a Christian woman.
It unites them in an indissoluble (unbreakable) union
until death It makes Sanctifying Grace grow in
their souls. It gives them special help to perform
their duties as married people and
to overcome the difficulties that
may come into their married life.
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The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation
of Christ’s priesthood, which He bestowed upon
His Apostles; thus, the Catechism of
the Catholic Church refers to
the Sacrament of Holy Orders as
“the sacrament of apostolic ministry.”
“Ordination” comes from the Latin word ordinatio,
which means to incorporate someone into an order.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated
into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels:
the episcopate, the priesthood, or the diaconate.