The saving words and deeds of Jesus Christ are the foundation of what he would communicate in the sacraments through the ministers of the church.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, the church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Penance and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Marriage and Holy Orders).
Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier.
The origin and foundation of Christian baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist.
Confirmation, together with the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
The Eucharist is the sacrament in which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The church teaches that Christ is really present in the bread and wine that have been consecrated by the priest at Mass.
Penance is a sacrament in which forgiveness of sins committed after baptism is granted through the priest’s absolution to those who, with true sorrow, confess their sins and promise to satisfy for the same.
Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is powerful and meant to be given to the sick during a time of illness.
“There is no more important work in the church today than calling and forming men for the priesthood.”