What is a Sacrament?

The text below is from The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Paragraph numbers refer to the sections of the Catechism. 1113 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. 1118 The...

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Anointing of the Sick

“Is there anyone sick among you?  Let them send for the priests of the Church.” ABOUT ANOINTING OF THE SICK The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commend those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that...

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Baptism

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM "Baptize all the Nations in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." –Matthew 28:19 What is BAPTISM? "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....

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Confession

ABOUT RECONCILIATION It’s never too late to return to God’s grace, especially when we’ve been living the life of the Prodigal Son before his conversion. He was hoping for his father’s mercy and forgiveness and simply to be treated as one of the servants, but his father recognized that his son who was once dead...

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Eucharist

ABOUT HOLY COMMUNION Jesus recognized that eating and drinking, the most common gestures of the human condition, assume a particular meaning when experienced in community. Eating and drinking bring about a sense of unity, a communion. In accepting the invitation to eat and drink, we form a union with the one offering the invitation. Jesus...

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Confirmation

ABOUT CONFIRMATION Together, the sacraments of Baptism, the Eucharist, and Confirmation constitute the “Sacraments of Christian initiation.” According to the Catechism, the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. At the moment of Confirmation, the recipient of the sacrament receives the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The bishop invokes the outpouring of...

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Holy Orders

ABOUT HOLY ORDERS The word ‘order’ comes from Latin referring to a civil or governing body. The Church borrowed this term for certain groups of persons, such as widows, virgins, spouses, catechumens … as well as bishops, priests and deacons. A Brief History of Orders: The bishops or episcopos (Greek for overseers) were the first to be...

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Holy Matrimony

Natural Family PlanningABOUT NFP According to Blessed John Paul II, “Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church’s total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. Fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care. This means ‘instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live...

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