Sacraments

What is a Sacrament?

Sacrament n.– an outward sign instituted by Jesus Christ to give us inward grace.
Sign n.– any thing seen, heard, tasted, smelt, or felt which represents something other than itself.
Institute v. – to establish, arrange, and set in action.
Jesus Christ n.– God; the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.
Grace n.– Divine Love and protection given to sanctify people (God’s Love and protection given to help people get to heaven).

The Seven Sacraments of the Church

Excerpt from Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), 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.

Following this analogy, the first chapter will expound the three sacraments of Christian initiation; the second, the sacraments of healing; and the third, the sacraments at the service of communion and the mission of the faithful. This order, while not the only one possible, does allow one to see that the sacraments form an organic whole in which each particular sacrament has its own vital place. In this organic whole, the Eucharist occupies a unique place as the “Sacrament of sacraments”: “all the other sacraments are ordered to it as to their end.”

Sacramental Preparation

Sacraments should be requested in the parish in which you are a registered member.
Learn more about Children’s Sacramental Preparation Here.

Baptism of infants

Obtain the official birth certificate. Contact Meg Collier for class and baptism times. Email Meg

Baptism of adults

Age 7+, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  Send an Email

Confirmation of teens

Age 16+, classes begin in fall, click here for more info.

Confirmation of adults

Age 18+, registration on-going Grow in Faith classes, Sundays 9:30-10:30 AM in the school basement. Contact the Faith Formation Office for information.

First Reconciliation

Age 7+, Child must attend parish Religious Ed. or Star School or be in an approved Home Study Program. Parent classes (for all parents) and home study booklet supplied. Reception of the Sacrament will be in the winter. Required before First Communion. Contact Priscilla.

First Communion

Age 7+, Child must attend parish Religious Ed. or Star School or be in an approved Home Study Program and have attended Reconciliation preparation. Parent classes and home study booklet are supplied. Reception of the Sacrament in May.  Contact Priscilla.

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