During the Sacrament of Baptism, the immersion into water symbolizes that the person being baptized dies to sin and reses to new life in Christ, purified and sanctified. In Baptism, we are freed from original sins and our personal sins are forgiven.
The Church celebrates two Sacraments at the Service of Communion. These sacraments are Matrimony and Holy Orders. Those who receive these sacraments are strengthened to serve God and the Church through a particular vocation.
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation deepens the grace received at Baptism, and like Baptism we receive the Sacrament of Confirmation only once. Confirmation strengthens us to live as Christ’s followers. Through Confirmation, we become more Christ-like and are strengthened to be active witnesses of Jesus.
In the Sacrament of Matrimony, a man and woman become husband and wife and promise to by faithful to each other for the rest of their lives. Matrimony unites a married couple as loving partners and strengthens them to live out their promises to Christ and to one another. During the sacrament, the couple’s love is blessed and strengthened by the grace of the sacrament.
In the Sacrament of Penance, members of the Church are reconciled with God and with the Church. In this sacrament, those who are truly sorry confess their sins and priests forgive the sins in the name of Christ and the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation strengthens or renews grace. It strengthens Catholics to live by the commandments as disciples of Jesus.
Anointing the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered to those who are very sick or near death. Family, friends, and parish members gather to pray for God’s healing and mercy. The priest and those gathered pray that the sick person might be healed, and the priest anoints the sick person and prays of their health. Those who receive the sacrament are given the grace to respond to their illness with hope and strengthens their faith in a loving God.