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The Sacraments


We recognize that the Sacraments have a visible and invisible reality, a reality open to all the human senses but grasped in its God-given depths with the eyes of faith. When parents hug their children, for example, the visible reality we see is the hug. The invisible reality the hug conveys is love. We cannot "see" the love the hug expresses, though sometimes we can see its nurturing effect in the child.


The visible reality we see in the Sacraments is their outward expression, the form they take, and the way in which they are administered and received. The invisible reality we cannot "see" is God's grace, his gracious initiative in redeeming us through the death and Resurrection of his Son.


(U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, USCCB) .... for more



Sacraments of Initiation





Sacraments of Healing

Reconciliation (Confession, Penance)

Anointing of the Sick


Sacraments at the Service of Communion


Holy Orders


I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly.
John 10:10

The Church celebrates the mystery of her Lord "until he comes," when God will be "everything to everyone." .... In the sacraments of Christ, the Church already receives the guarantee of her inheritance and even now shares in everlasting life, while "awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus." 

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1130