It is the unique role of the Sacraments in the life of a faith community to be the means by which we transform our hearts and lives. In the celebration of the Sacraments our “natural” life is made Holy and held up as “spiritual.” A sacrament in the Catholic Church is a rite Catholics believe was established by Jesus Christ. The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church are its most sacred and ancient rites of worship. Receiving a sacrament brings grace to everyone who participates in the ritual.
The sacraments fall into three categories:
Sacraments of Initiation
Through Baptism, people enter (are initiated into) the Catholic Church.
Through Confirmation, they’re considered personally responsible for their faith.
Through Holy Eucharist (or Holy Communion), they express their unity with the Church.
Sacraments of Community
Through the sacrament of Matrimony a couple is made part of their Catholic community.
By receiving Holy Orders, a Catholic man becomes a ministering spiritual leader to the community
Sacraments of Mercy
The sacrament of Penance (or Confession or Reconciliation), when you do it every week, gives you the opportunity to release the burden of your sins and to start healing and growing stronger in your faith.
The Anointing of the Sick is also about spiritual healing and release from earthly concerns.