Being a Sacramental Church means that we experience the Real Presence and
sanctifying and healing grace of Jesus Christ through his Sacraments.
Simply put, a Sacrament is an outward sign created by Christ that confers his grace.
Through Confirmation, we are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in our Christian life.
Through Baptism we are washed clean of original sin, receive the seed of faith and welcomed into the church of Jesus Christ.
Through Penance we receive God's forgiveness. Forgiveness requires being sorry for our sins. In Penance we receive Jesus' healing grace through absolution by the priest. The signs of this sacrament are our confession of sins and the words of absolution.
THREE SACRAMENTS of INITIATION
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. Jesus gives us his body and blood to nourish and strengthen us to live our faith.
TWO SACRAMENTS of MERCY and HEALING
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
This sacrament unites a sick person’s suffering with that of Jesus and brings forgiveness of sins. Oil, a symbol of strength, is the sign of this sacrament. A person is anointed with oil and receives the laying on of hands from a priest.
TWO SACRAMENTS of VOCATION
In Matrimony a baptized man and woman are united with each other as a sign of the unity between Jesus and his Church. Matrimony requires the consent of the couple, as expressed in the marriage promises. The couple and their wedding rings are the signs of this sacrament.
In Holy Orders men are ordained as priests, deacons, or bishops. Priests serve as spiritual leaders of their communities, and deacons serve to remind us of our baptismal call to help others. Bishops carry on the teachings of the apostles. The signs of this sacrament are the laying on of hands and anointing with oil by the bishop.