A Sign of the Sacred
The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven Sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ Himself and preserved by His Church. They point to what is sacred, significant, and important for Christians and are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence in our lives. Proper matter, form, and intent are required for each Sacrament so that they may convey through a visible sign the invisible realities of Heaven. Therefore, Sacraments are not only signs, but true instruments of God's Grace.
Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments. It is the first Sacrament of initiation that welcomes an individual into the Kingdom of God, removes the stain of original sin, and plants the first gift of the Holy Spirit within their hearts. It is from Baptism that each of our vocations flows.
The Sacrament of Confession, which precedes first Holy Communion and may be received as often as necessary throughout one's life, answers Christ's call to individual conversion. Only God can forgive sins, and by His divine authority He entrusted this Sacrament to be exercised in His name by His ministers (see John 20:21-23).
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The other Sacraments, and the entire work of the Church, are directed toward it. For in the Most Holy Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself, body, blood, soul, and divinity.
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, the faithful are fortified by spiritual Graces of the Holy Spirit. They are better prepared for their journey of faith and called upon more fully to spread and defend the Faith by word and deed. After a final discernment, the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in May with all those who have completed the above process.
Your marriage, like all Christian marriages, is distinct because of its relationship to God, your worship community, and the people of God. Marriage in the Catholic Church is a Sacrament—not just a legal relationship or contract. It is not just the action of the couple who are to be married, but also the action of God and the community.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the Sacrament of Apostolic ministry. It includes three hierarchical degrees: 1.) Episcopate (Bishop), 2.) Presbyterate (Priest), and 3.) Diaconate (Deacon).
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for those in immediate danger of death but also for those suffering from physical, mental, or spiritual sickness. When a priest confers this Sacrament, the individual receives from the Holy Spirit the Graces of strengthening, peace, and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age.