The Catholic Church celebrates seven sacraments. The Catechism states that “The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments (1113).
Sacraments are celebrations of the ‘powers that come forth’ from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are ‘the masterworks of God’ in the new and everlasting covenant (1116). ” The sacraments bring the individual and the Christian community together before the Lord in the rites of initiation.
The Sacraments renew us each week in that bond and that presence, and they express what happens when two people get married, when we are reconciled to one another, to the Church, to God, when we are sick and when we die. The sacraments celebrate those called into leadership as ordained ministers. In very simple ways the sacraments mark the mornings, the meals and the nights of our lives.
Click on the drop-down menu to learn more about the sacraments, and click the links in our Sacraments drop down menu to find out more about how you can receive them. Click here to watch great (short) videos about each of the sacraments, from Busted Halo.