The Seven Sacraments
A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. Each sacrament possesses the power from God to make the soul of the recipient holy and pleasing to Him. This supernatural power is termed sanctifying grace.
Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders are received once only because these sacraments imprint on the soul an indelible mark.
Baptism is the sacrament that gives our souls the life of sanctifying grace by which we become children of God and heirs of heaven. It takes away original sin. If an adult receives baptism with the proper dispositions that is with faith and contention his or her actual sins are taken away with original sin.
As a preparation for this very important sacrament, parents have to attend a pre-baptismal class for the first child. During the class, which lasts about 1hour and 30 minutes, the priest or deacon explains the roles of parents and Godparents to raise their children according to the law of Christ and His church. Please call the parish office for more details.
One of the sponsors must be a practicing Catholic and lives up to the duties of the Catholic Religion. They must obtain a certificate of eligibility from the respective parish of the sponsor. Usually a male and a female are chosen to the Godparents.
Confirmation is the sacrament through which the Holy Spirit comes to us in a special way and enables us to profess our faith as strong and perfect Christians and witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Children, who have received the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, are prepared through Religious Education Program. These children must attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, preferably with their parents.
Confirmation is received at St. Marguerite's during the December of ninth grade.
First Holy Communion
Celebration of Mass or Holy Communion is the center of our Catholic faith and also the eye for the rest of the sacraments and He gave His Apostles the commission: “Do this in memory of me”.
The Holy Eucharist is also called the Blessed Sacrament, because it is the most of all sacraments. It gives us Christ Himself. The Holy Eucharist is called Holy Communion when it is received. In the Holy Eucharist, Christ is present wholly, body, blood, soul and divinity, under the appearance of bread and wine.
||Penance (Reconciliation, Confession)
The sacrament of Reconciliation is the sacrament by which sins committed after baptism are forgiven through the absolution of the priest and sanctifying grace is restored to the penitent.
It was instituted by Jesus Christ on the first Easter Sunday night. And, the first Easter Sunday night, our Lord fulfilled His promise to give His Apostles the power to forgive sins.
Jesus said “Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven, and whose sins you shall retain they are retained ” (John 20:21-23).
This is a great sacrament and we experience the forgiveness of sins from God and help us to unburden ourselves and to have the peace and joy of God within ourselves.
Second grade children are taught about this wonderful sacrament and our teachers prepare them for First Confession or Reconciliation. First Confession takes place during the month of February.
Holy Anointing (Anointing of the Sick)
Holy Anointing is the sacrament through which the anointing with the blessed oil by a priest, and through prayer, gives health and strength to the soul, and sometimes to the body, when we are in danger of death from sickness, accident, or old age.