The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are opportunities that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are sacred occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. They are signs and instruments of God’s grace.
BAPTISM – For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
EUCHARIST – Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
RECONCILIATION – The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result, we are called to forgive others.
CONFIRMATION – Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
MARRIAGE – For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.
HOLY ORDERS – In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK – The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
For more information about the Sacraments, please visit the online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html
For information about celebrating the Sacraments, please contact the individuals below:
Baptism for Infants – contact the Collaborative Office
Baptism for Adults – Tom Griffin, Pastoral Associate
Confirmation for Youth – Deb Casey, Director of Faith Formation
Confirmation for Adults – Tom Griffin, Pastoral Associate
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for Children, Deb Casey, Director of Faith Formation
Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist for Adults (RCIA) – Tom Griffin, Pastoral Associate
Marriage – Contact the Collaborative Office
Holy Orders – Contact the Collaborative Office
Anointing of the Sick – Contact the Collaborative Office