The Catholic Sacraments

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church put out by The Vatican in 1992:

"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."

The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church are as follows: 

1. Baptism: 

"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 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." #1213

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Baptism within the Catholic Church

Baptism at St. Paul Catholic Church 

2. Eucharist:

"The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist." #1322

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Eucharist within the Catholic Church 

Eucharist at St. Paul Catholic Church

3. Penance & Reconciliation :

"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." #1422

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Reconciliation within the Catholic Church

Reconciliation at St. Paul Catholic Church

4. Confirmation: 

"Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.89 For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." #1285

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Confirmation within the Catholic Church

Confirmation at St. Paul Catholic Church 

5. Marriage: 

"The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life." #1661

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Marriage within the Catholic Church

Marriage at St. Paul Catholic Church

6. Holy Orders: 

"Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate." #1536

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Holy Orders within the Catholic Church

Holy Orders within the Diocese of Colorado Springs

7. Anointing of the Sick:

"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ." #1499

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Anointing of the Sick within the Catholic Church

Anointing of the Sick at St. Paul Catholic Church