The Sacraments focus our attention on the great gift of Christ’s sacramental presence and our call to respond in the way in which we live our lives, as people who are a sign and witness to Christ’s love.Our sacramental life truly is central to our lives as Catholic Christians. Through the sacraments, we know and participate in Christ’s saving love, and we are strengthened to live as Christ’s people, to be a sign and witness of God’s love through our actions, attitudes and thoughts. We will explore the privilege and grace of our sacramental life as we continue together.
The Sacraments are really moments in which we encounter and are encountered by Christ, and through the sacraments, we are drawn nearer to Christ, prepared by the Holy Spirit to receive Christ and to allow our hearts, minds, and lives to be shaped as Christ’s people.
• The Church has seven sacraments. They are signs of God’s love
• Jesus gave the sacraments to remind us that he is with us always
• Sacraments are signs that come from Jesus and give grace
• The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
• The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
• The Sacraments of Service are Holy Orders and Matrimony
Sacraments of Initiation join us to Christ and help us to keep our relationship with Christ first in our lives; we experience Christ’s love in special ways through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
Sacraments of Healing help us when we have sinned or are ill. Christ knows that we will sometimes fail and then regret it, and he understands that people sometimes are seriously ill. God knows we need special attention at those times and gives us Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick to help us.
In Sacraments of Service we make commitments to God and others for life, realizing that our lives are not just for us but are for others.
Ultimately, sacraments strengthen us to more effectively live a life of discipleship to be more fully in communion with God in Christ.