Our Catholic Faith consists of seven Sacraments. They are:
- Penance and Reconciliation
- Holy Orders
- Anointing of the Sick
The word "Sacrament" comes form the Latin word sacramentum (which means "holy thing"). By His words and actions, Jesus made certain things "Holy Things" or "Sacraments." (Unabridged Christianity)
One of the three Sacraments of Initiation. 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 we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." Baptism is birth into new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. CCC1213; 1277
Registration Form for Baptism This form is for the parents to fill out in order to register for Baptism at St. John. Please print out the form and either mail it to the office or drop it in the mail slot between the office and rectory or email to DPerque@eatel.net
One of the three Sacraments of Initiation. 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 we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word" CCC1213. "Baptism is birth into new life in Christ" CCC1277. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.
Penance and Reconciliation
One of the Sacraments of Healing. "Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion." CCC1422
The sacrament of Penance is available on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the Church. It is also available before most morning masses and by appointment.
The second sacrament of Christian initiation; The Sacrament of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. "The Eucharist is the heart and summit of the Church's life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once and for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church" CCC1407.
This third initiation sacrament completes the baptismal grace. "Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds" CCC1316. "Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian's soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one's life" CCC1317.
"This matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." CCC1601
All couples should contact the parish office at least eight months prior to the expected wedding date. No plans should be made for a church wedding until the couple has met with the pastor or deacon and a date is set.
The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the “common priesthood of the faithful.” Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name of Christ the Head in the midst of the community. The ministerial priesthood differs in essence from the common priesthood of the faithful because it confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful. The ordained ministers exercise their service for the People of God by teaching , divine worship and pastoral governance. CCC1591-92
Deacons are ministers ordained for task of service of the Church; they do not receive the ministerial priesthood, but ordination confers on them important functions in the ministry of the word, divine worship, pastoral governance, and the service of charity, tasks which they must carry out under the pastoral authority of their bishop. CCC1596
The sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordained the graces of the Holy Spirit required for his ministry. Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character. CCC1597
Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. Each time a Christian falls seriously ill he may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also when, after he has received it, the illness worsens. Only a priest may give the sacrament. The celebration consist of anointing the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or other parts of the body, (in the Eastern Rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament. CCC1527-31 (CCC = Catechism of the Catholic Church)