Sacraments

Baptism

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

Holy 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. Through Baptism, candidates are freed from sin and reborn as children of God, become members of Christ, and are incorporated into the church.

Confirmation

  “When the day of Pentecost came it found them gathered in one place. Suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was heard all through the house where they were seated. Tongues of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-4).

Confirmation is one of the three sacraments that fully initiates one into the Catholic Christian Church (along with the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion). The purpose of the sacrament of Confirmation is to strengthen the individual in the Holy Spirit, empowering him or her to act more strongly as a witness to Christ’s Gospel. During this sacrament, the Archbishop (or his delegate) anoints the candidates with oil and confers on them the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Eucharist

“Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22: 17-20).

The Eucharist is the central act of worship in the Catholic Church.  It is the "source and summit of Christian life."  For the Catholic Christian, the celebration of the Eucharist is more than a remembrance; it is the sacrament in which the Lord himself is contained, offered, and received, and by which the Church continually lives and grows.

Reconciliation

“The Lord said to Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). On the day of Pentecost Peter preached the forgiveness of sins by baptism: “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Since then the Church has never failed to call people from sin to conversion and through the celebration of penance to show the victory of Christ over sin.” (The Rites: The Rite of Penance #1).

The purpose and meaning of the sacrament of reconciliation is twofold. First, through the sincere expression of contrition for sin, by confessing this sin(s) to a priest, and by firmly intending to amend one’s behavior, the faithful experience spiritual healing, and receive absolution of their sin(s) from God. Secondly, through a fruitful celebration of this sacrament the faithful are reconciled to Christ and his Church.

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

“Now there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately (Luke 5: 12 – 13)

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick offers persons strength, peace, and courage to overcome the hardships of serious or chronic illness.  Through the anointing (on the hands and forehead) the grace of the Sacrament leads to the healing of the spirit, and if God wills, to a healing of the body.  In the event of an emergency, please contact our Parish Office.

Sacrament of Matrimony

“For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Matthew 19:5)

The sacrament of matrimony is a sacred bond, or covenant, between a man and a woman that pledges them to be faithful lifelong spouses, loving and caring for each other and lovingly raising and guiding the children they bring into the world. Through the sacrament of Matrimony, the couple is given the graces they need to be true to their covenantal pledge.

Sacrament of Holy Orders

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

The Sacrament of Holy Orders celebrates the ministry of Jesus as priest, prophet and servant-leader. Through Holy Orders, men called by God are consecrated to do a particular kind of service in Christ’s name – that of leading and nourishing the Body of Christ with the Word of God and the grace of the sacraments.

 Sacraments in Special Circumstances

Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, a youth may have missed the opportunity to engage in Christian formation or to celebrate a particular sacrament at the time his or her peers ordinarily celebrated the sacrament.   We are happy to work with these families/youth to foster their lifelong formation and adequately prepare them to celebrate the sacraments. Please contact Cindy McKinley (cmckinley@stalbert.org) for more information regarding special sacrament formation classes for youth and children.