Sacraments

Roman Catholics have Seven Sacraments. A “sacrament,” according to the Baltimore Catechism, is “an outward sign, institued by Christ, to give grace.” The Sacraments have the power of giving grace from the merits of Jesus Christ. Some of the Sacraments give sanctifying grace, and others increase it in our souls. Baptism and Reconciliation give sanctifying grace because they take aware the stain of sin on our souls. Holy Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick increase sanctifying grace because those who receive them worthily are already living the life of grace. The Sacraments always give grace, if we receive them with the right dispositions.

Anointing of the Sick


The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

Baptism


For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

Communion


Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

 

Confirmation


Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Orders


In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

 

Marriage


For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.

Reconciliation


The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

Volunteer!!!

Volunteer your time with  Special Events or Sacrament Practice . The Catechism program is always looking for help to prepare or supervise during our sacraments and special events during the catechism  year . Speak to Joe or Sylvia for more info.

Become a Catechist

The Catechism does not work without the help, support and generosity of our Catechists. Become part of the  team and help a young person be closer to God.  Speak to  Joe and Sylvia for more info. 

Sponsor!$!$!

Sponsor a special event with equipment or special aid that can help us from where you work.  A lot of our special events include food and media equipment that is expensive to buy or hard to rent.  Speak to Joe or Sylvia for more info .

About Joe

During my tenure at the youth leadership center (YLC), I started and coordinated many projects, and I’ve planned and lead many retreats. I have participated in two World Youth Days with Pope Benedict in Germany and Pope  John Paul II in Toronto. I look forward to sharing my life experiences with all of you.  I look forward to working with all you in the upcoming years.

There are religious books and cards for sale at the church. The sale of these items helps to fund special events for catechism. Feel free to preview the items on the shop webpage, simply click on the icon above or on this link. Each item must be purchased at the faith and family offices between 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Monday to Friday. 

CATECHISM 2020-2021:

- home-based
- no online classes
- parents, you are your child's teacher!
- only occasional videos to watch