Vatican II has made the understanding of both Liturgy and Sacraments the work of the entire People of God, not belonging just to clergy.

   In order to understand "Sacraments" we have to first understand "Liturgy".  "Liturgy" is the work of the Church, the People of God, namely all of us.  By virtue of our Baptism we all share in some way in the priesthood of Jesus.  

   But at the same time, it is first and foremost, the work of God.  This dual or reciprocal understanding of Liturgy as the work of God and the work of people - as divine offering and human response.  Liturgy and Sacraments are special times when the divine and the human come together, when what is invisible takes on a form that allows it to be seen, experienced, understood, and responded to.

     Jesus Christ is the first Sacrament of God the Father.  The Father sent Jesus, the clearest, most visible, and literally, most tangible Sacrament (Sign) of His love for the world.

  One vital characteristic of our Roman Catholic Church is that we are a sacramental Church.  The Sacraments are among the privileged way and means that God communicates Himself to us.  The Sacraments are the primary ways we encounter Christ in His Church.

     Sacraments are actions of the Church: they make the Church bring her members together and empower them to do what the Church does - making Jesus visible, tangible and approachable.  When we celebrate "Sacraments" we do things, we use things, and we say things.  These are the visible signs of the Sacraments celebrating the invisible actions of Jesus.  Both are real and complimentary and together they become the action of Jesus in and for the Church.

     Our Catholic Faith celebrates and affirms 7 Sacraments - Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage and Holy Orders.




Sacraments of Initiation

Sacraments of Healing

Sacraments of Vocation