Sacraments

Sacraments have a visible reality, one that we can experience with our senses. Sacraments also have an invisible reality, one that is God-given to us to feel and experience through faith. For example, when a parent hugs their child, you may see the hug and perhaps even hear the words “I Love you” or “Great Job!” The invisible reality of this hug, though, is a sense of endearing love. You don’t “see” the love expressed by the hug, but you can tell that it has a nurturing effect on the child.

The Sacraments are both an outward expression, and an inward experience of the “invisible reality” called grace. Through the death and Resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, God’s redeeming gift to us is grace. It is simply that, a free and loving gift of God, given to us, so we may have a share in his life and experience his favor and will for our salvation. Our response and experiences of grace is a gift from God in itself by which we can imitate Christ in our daily lives.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, the saving words and deeds of Jesus Christ becomes the foundation communicated within the Sacraments through the ministers of the Church.  We recognize the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are:

The Sacraments of Initiation

The Sacraments of Healing

The Sacraments at the Service of Communion