I believe the seven sacraments truly hold in place the…great events of human life.  For these important moments, for birth and death, for growing up and marrying, we need some kind of sign, to give to this moment its full stature, its true promise, and also the dimension of being shared together.

 

Faith is not something that exists in a vacuum;  rather, it enters into the material world. And it is through signs in the material that we are brought into contact with God. God became flesh and shares Himself with us in earthly things.  The sacraments are thus a kind of contact with God himself.  They show that this faith is not a purely spiritual thing.  The corporal dimension of faith expresses itself in the sacraments. 

 

  Pope Benedict XVI

Seven Sacraments of The Church

 

What is a Sacrament?

 

An efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the Sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the invisible grace of each Sacrament.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131

 

Why are the Sacraments Necessary?

 

For believers, the Sacraments are necessary for salvation and for growth in holiness. They touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith.

CCC, 1129, 1210

 

Why is Baptism Necessary?

 

Through His words and by His own Baptism, Jesus Himself affirmed that Baptism is necessary for salvation. It is necessary for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this Sacrament.

CCC, 1257

 

How are the Sacraments Divided?

 

1. Sacraments of Christian Initiation

Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist

 

These three Sacraments lay the foundations of every Christian life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the Holy Spirit through Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.

​CCC, 1210

 

2. Sacraments of Healing

Penance and Annointing of the Sick

 

The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that His Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation.

CCC, 1421

 

3. Sacraments at the Service of Communion

Holy Orders and Matrimony

 

They are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to builf up the People of God.

CCC, 1534

Sacraments

 

Baptism

Confirmation

The Eucharist

Penance (or Confession)

Anointing of the Sick

Holy Orders

Matrimony

Preparing for a Sacrament

 

If you or one of your children would like to receive one of the seven sacraments, please contact Fr Mansel as soon as possible to make the necessary preparations.