Liturgy & Sacraments

Liturgy

LiturgyIn the Christian tradition, liturgy is the participation of the people of God in “the work of God.” Through the liturgy, Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church. In the New Testament the word “liturgy” refers not only to the celebration of divine worship, but also to the proclamation of the Gospel and to active charity. As the work of Christ, liturgy is also an action of his Church. It engages the faithful in the new life of the community and involves the “conscious, active, and fruitful participation” of everyone.

For it is in the liturgy, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, that “the work of our redemption is accomplished,” and it is through the liturgy especially that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church. (CCC 1068-1071, SC 2)

Liturgical Calendar (USCCB)  with daily readings in text,  audio and video

Sacraments

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Holy Communion
  • Confession and Reconciliation
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Holy Orders
  • Marriage

What exactly is a Sacrament?


The Seven Sacraments of the Church

I. The Sacraments of Christian Initiation

These sacraments of service are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God. (CCC 1534)

1. Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. more…

2. Confirmation

Confirmation marks us as God’s own children. 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. more…

3. Holy Eucharist

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian faith.” It is the holy Eucharist that completes Christian initiation. more…

 

II. The Sacraments of Healing

The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members. This is the purpose of the two Sacraments of Healing: Penance and Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. (CCC 1420)

4. Penance and 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.” more…

5. 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.” more…

III. The Sacraments at the Service of Communion

These Sacraments are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God. 

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. more…

7. Matrimony

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” more…

Taking A Deeper Look At Each of The Seven Sacraments

 


Funeral Services

Please call the Rectory to request a Priest for funeral services or last rites. more…