The word sacramentThe word sacrament
comes from the Latincomes from the Latin
word “word “sacramentumsacramentum””
which meanswhich means a signa sign
of the sacred.of the sacred.
The sacraments are:The sacraments are:
A.A. Ceremonies thatCeremonies that
point to what ispoint to what is
B. Sacraments areB. Sacraments are
channels of grace.channels of grace.
C. They communicateC. They communicate
thethe gracegrace of God toof God to
those who receivethose who receive
What is grace?What is grace?
A. The divine life thatA. The divine life that
comes from God alone.comes from God alone.
B. God’s powerB. God’s power
C. God’s strengthC. God’s strength
D. Grace makes us holy.D. Grace makes us holy.
E. Grace help us followE. Grace help us follow
God’s will in every dayGod’s will in every day
F. The very life of God.F. The very life of God.
Catholics, Orthodox,Catholics, Orthodox,
and Anglicansand Anglicans
traditions practice alltraditions practice all
Most other ChristianMost other Christian
denominations onlydenominations only
celebratecelebrate baptism andbaptism and
““The sacraments areThe sacraments are
efficacious signs ofefficacious signs of
grace,grace, instituted byinstituted by
ChristChrist and entrustedand entrusted
to the Church, byto the Church, by
whichwhich divine lifedivine life isis
dispensed to us.”dispensed to us.”
Did you Know?Did you Know?
Efficacious : meansEfficacious : means effectiveeffective, something, something
that produces an effect.that produces an effect.
It also meansIt also means something that is efficientsomething that is efficient
(productive(productive) and successful.) and successful.
The sacraments effect what they signify.The sacraments effect what they signify.
The are seven SacramentsThe are seven Sacraments
divided in three categories.divided in three categories.
These categories are:These categories are:
Initiation, Healing, Mission andInitiation, Healing, Mission and
The sacraments of initiation—The sacraments of initiation—
BaptismBaptism,, ConfirmationConfirmation, and, and
Holy CommunionHoly Communion..
are the three primary are the three primary
sacramentssacraments on which the rest on which the rest
of our life as a Christianof our life as a Christian
SacramentsSacramentsSacraments ofSacraments of
4. Reconciliation or Penace4. Reconciliation or Penace
5. Sacrament of the sick5. Sacrament of the sick
The sacraments of healing areThe sacraments of healing are
sacraments that are meant tosacraments that are meant to
bring healing andbring healing and
forgiveness to those who areforgiveness to those who are
in pain. These sacramentsin pain. These sacraments
are given hand in hand withare given hand in hand with
the sacrament of anointingthe sacrament of anointing
and sacrament ofand sacrament of
Sacraments ofSacraments of
6. Matrimony6. Matrimony
7. Holy Orders7. Holy Orders
Holy Orders and Matrimony,Holy Orders and Matrimony,
are directed towards theare directed towards the
salvation of others; if theysalvation of others; if they
contribute as well to personalcontribute as well to personal
salvation, it is throughsalvation, it is through
service to others that they doservice to others that they do
so. They confer a particularso. They confer a particular
mission in the Church andmission in the Church and
serve to build up the Peopleserve to build up the People
of God.of God.
What is a sacramental mind?What is a sacramental mind?
A. The mind that isA. The mind that is
able to sense God’sable to sense God’s
presence through ourpresence through our
daily experiences.daily experiences.
B. The mind that isB. The mind that is
able to experienceable to experience
God despite the busyGod despite the busy
schedule of ordinaryschedule of ordinary
Examples of God’s presence in theExamples of God’s presence in the
Our ExperiencesOur Experiences
Family, FriendsFamily, Friends
Nature, CreationNature, Creation
The love of othersThe love of others
Good peopleGood people
Justice, TruthJustice, Truth
Catholics and the sacramentsCatholics and the sacraments
Catholics areCatholics are Sacramental people.Sacramental people.
The Catholic mind recognizesThe Catholic mind recognizes that God isthat God is
at work in humanity and all of Creationat work in humanity and all of Creation..
Catholics believeCatholics believe that God reaches out tothat God reaches out to
us every day.us every day.
Catholics believe that the life of graceCatholics believe that the life of grace
begins in baptism and continuesbegins in baptism and continues
throughout our lives.throughout our lives.
A sacramental mindA sacramental mind
Catholics believe the sacraments areCatholics believe the sacraments are
channels of God’s grace.channels of God’s grace.
GraceGrace helps us live the Christian life andhelps us live the Christian life and
be faithful followers of Christ in this world.be faithful followers of Christ in this world.
Catholics believe thatCatholics believe that conversionconversion andand
participationparticipation in the sacraments arein the sacraments are
important steps in the process of spiritualimportant steps in the process of spiritual
growth and holiness.growth and holiness.
A sacramental mindA sacramental mind
Catholics are linked to the sacraments.Catholics are linked to the sacraments.
From birth to deathFrom birth to death the sacraments markthe sacraments mark
the lives of the Christian.the lives of the Christian.
Jesus left us the sacramentsJesus left us the sacraments so that weso that we
can be strengthened in our journey tocan be strengthened in our journey to
eternal life.eternal life.
Catholics believe that without prayer,Catholics believe that without prayer,
conversion and the sacramentsconversion and the sacraments the call tothe call to
HolinessHoliness is impossible.is impossible.
Sacramental lifeSacramental life
A sacramental life isA sacramental life is a good life marked bya good life marked by
love, conversion, and service to God andlove, conversion, and service to God and
one’s fellow men and womenone’s fellow men and women..
The sacraments make us one with GodThe sacraments make us one with God
andand help us understand and follow hishelp us understand and follow his
plan of salvation.plan of salvation.
The sacraments make us whole.The sacraments make us whole.