The Seven Sacraments of the Church
The life of our parish revolves around the celebration of the sacraments. The Second Vatican Council describes the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist as the “source and summit of the Christian Life.” (Lumen Gentium 11). The other sacraments are oriented toward the Sacrament of the Eucharist. “For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”(Presbyterorum ordinis 5).
Each of the sacraments also gives a special grace if we receive them with the right dispositions. Therefore, the people of our parish are encouraged to frequently receive the Sacrament of Confession in order that they might be well disposed to receive the other sacraments in a state of grace.
The traditional Baltimore Catechism tells us that “a sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to impart grace.” There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confession, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Holy Orders, Holy Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction)
To request a Sacramental Certificate, please contact the Parish Office.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19-20).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
“And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly, a sound came from heaven, like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all of the house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:1-2).
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me'” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).
“‘As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to the them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained'” (John 20:22-23).
“And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed” (Acts 14:23).
“Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers to care for the church of God which He obtained with the blood of His own son” (Acts 20:28).
“So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:6).
“‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the Church” (Ephesians 5:31-32).
Anointing of the Sick
“Is anyone sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15).