Sacraments of the Catholic Faith

 Baptism

The first Sacrament of Initiation welcomes individuals to the faith and to the family of God.

Jesus taught the Baptism was necessary for salvation. "No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit" (John 3:5)

Penance

Penance is a Sacrament of Healing, it "is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy". (usccb) In confession we have the opportunity to rediscover the grace of friendship with God and remind ourselves of the forgiveness of others. This Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).

Eucharist

As Catholics the Eucharist is the true and full presence of our Lord Jesus Chris; Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is more than just a sign or symbol, it is our living Lord who gives of Himself for our redemption. The Eucharist is the Sacrament we go to and come from, it is the source and summit of our faith. Our request comes in the Lord's Prayer, "give us this day our daily bread". Jesus described himself as the Bread of Life: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. . . Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you" (Jn 6:51, 53).

Confirmation

Confirmation

Confirmation is another Sacrament of Initiation that confirms the baptismal promises and seals the person with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are the three Sacraments of Initiation. "This anointing highlights the name 'Christian,' which means 'anointed' and derives from that of Christ himself whom God 'anointed with the Holy Spirit'" (CCC, no. 1289, citing Acts 10:38)

Anointing of the Sick

A Sacrament of Healing. In this Sacrament the priest anoints the sick with the Oil for the Sick. It can be given for any need of healing (body, mind, or spirit). This Sacrament is an opportunity for us to invite Christ's healing presence into our lives and be witnesses of Christ's resurrection.

Marriage

Marriage

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church. God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other. "It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him. . . . The two of them become one body" (Gn 2:18; 24)

Holy Orders

Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders -- as a deacon, priest or bishop -- are consecrated in Christ's name "to feed the Church by the word and grace of God." This Sacrament is a continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles; for this reason the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry".