The whole life of the Church flows from the Sacraments. These are visible, tangible signs given to us by Jesus Christ to reflect the invisible reality of God’s grace, love, and mercy.
Jesus instituted 7 sacraments which are listed below. Check out the links below for more information about the opportunities to prepare for and receive the Sacraments at St. Catherine’s.
Baptism the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, by which each one of us comes to wash away our old self and take on our new identity in Jesus Christ. As children, teens, and adults come to the waters of life, they begin their spiritual journeys and become a part of God’s holy Church.
The Eucharist defines the Christian life, because when we receive the Eucharist, we receive Jesus himself. This Sacrament is not only the second of the Sacraments of Initiation, but the source and summit of our faith. We do not just get to simply know him, or have a relationship with him, but deep intimacy with him. We receive him physically into ourselves every single time we go up to receive communion at Mass.
Confirmation is a sacrament through which we receive the Holy Spirit to make us stronger and more perfect Christians and true witnesses of Jesus Christ. It is the third of the Sacraments of Initiation, which began in Baptism and continues in the Eucharist, and now comes into fulfillment here. As the candidates come forward to be confirmed, they ask God for the passion and fire they need to profess their faith in the Catholic Church and personally take on the responsibility for continuing their own religious journey. Only then can one have the love for Jesus that drives them to regularly participating in Sunday Mass, continue their spiritual formation within the Church community, serving others’ needs, and spread and defending the faith in word and deed.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we receive God’s loving mercy. Although it goes by other names, such as Penance or Confession, the gift the Lord gives us is the same. Jesus gives the apostles the authority to forgive sins (John 20:21-21) and through their successors, the bishops, and their priests, God gives his Church the ability to wash away our sins every time we humbly ask for forgiveness.
Anointing of the Sick
In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, God offers us his healing power. This sacrament is administered to the dying, the gravely ill, and those who will undergo a serious surgery by providing the person spiritual strength and peace of the soul from one’s suffering and illness. Traditionally this sacrament has been called Extreme Unction or Last Rites.
The Sacrament of Marriage bring abundant blessings upon a husband and wife. That love overflows into the life they bring to their children, and the joy they bring to their friends and family, as well as the Church.
The sacrament of holy orders calls men to share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ. By the laying of hands, the bishop calls upon the Holy Spirit to dedicate men to serve the Church.