What are Sacraments?

Preparation for all sacraments is scheduled and facilitated by the parish office.

For more information, or for registration forms, please click on the specific Sacrament.

What are they?

The seven sacraments were instituted by Jesus to give grace to mankind.

The term “sacrament” is best defined as “an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace”. It has three parts:

  1. An outward sign: Because we are humans, the Lord uses material symbols that we humans can understand and/or perceive. These are the “things” we use (water and oil, words, and gestures) to confer a sacrament.
  2. Instituted by Christ: Jesus ‘created’ the seven sacraments by His actions during His life. After he died on the cross and ascended into heaven, that was the end to the creating of sacraments. We are not Jesus, so we can not create new sacraments.
  3. To give grace: the essential purpose of every sacrament is to give grace.

The Sacraments are divided into three groups:

Christian Initiation
Healing
Vocations

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