According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions 1.”
Sacraments can be divided into three categories including “Sacraments of Christian Initiation” including: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist; “Sacraments of Healing”: including: Penance/Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick; and “Sacraments of Vocation” including: Holy Orders/Ordination; and Marriage 2. Here at St. Michael’s we encourage all parishioners to participate in the sacraments.
For more on the sacraments:
- First Penance/Reconciliation
- First Eucharist
- RCIA (for adults)
- RCIA (for children)
- Anointing of the Sick
- Holy Orders and Religious Life
2. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 5th ed., 1210.