"Christ himself is the mystery of salvation...'Seated at the right hand of the Father' and pouring out the Holy Spirit on his body which is the Church, Christ now acts through the sacraments he instituted to communicate his grace. The sacraments are perceptible signs (words and actions) accessible to our human nature. By the actions of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit they make present the grace that they signify." - Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 774, 1084
There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.
Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
Sacraments of Service: Marriage and Holy Orders
“By Baptism, we share in the redemptive act of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, are freed from Original Sin, and are strengthened against the power of sin and death. We are reconciled to God and made members of his holy people, the Church." - United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
“Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1277
“The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace… by the sacrament of Confirmation [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1285
“The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation… The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of the communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 1322, 1325
PENANCE & RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION):
“In this sacrament we are reconciled to God and the Church.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 1420-1498
“The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they come from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures and spiritual attitudes.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1603
SACRAMENTS FOR THE HOMEBOUND:
Lay ministers are available to visit and bring Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend church due to illness or age.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK:
“The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1514
“The essential rite of the sacrament of Holy Orders for all three degrees [Bishop, Priest, Deacon] consists in the bishop’s imposition of hands on the head of the ordinand and in the bishop’s specific consecratory prayer asking God for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and his gifts proper to the ministry to which the candidate is being ordained.” - Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1573
Please consider participating in our Vocation Chalice prayer opportunity. Sign up in the parish gathering area to receive the Chalice at one of the weekend liturgies to take to a prominent place in your home for focused, intentional prayer each day for openness to vocations in our parish community.
Diocese Website: http://www.diocesegfb.org/
Click on the link for vocations: Holy Orders/Vocations (link)
Prayer for Vocations:
Jesus, High Priest and Redeemer Forever,
We beg you to call young men and women
to your service, as priests and religious.
May they be inspired by the lives of
dedicated priests, brothers and sisters.
Give to parents the grace of generosity
And trust toward you and their child
So that their sons and daughters
May be helped to choose their vocation
In life with wisdom and freedom.