THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
(Source: Catechism of the Catholic Church)
The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. (CCC 1113)
The seven sacraments are distinct and resemble the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.
- The Sacraments of Christian Initiation are: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
- The Sacraments of Healing are: Penance and Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.
- The Sacraments at the Service of Communion are: Holy Orders and Matrimony.
Sacraments are “powers that come forth” from the Body of Christ,which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are “the masterworks of God” in the new and everlasting covenant. (CCC 1116).
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
Are you thinking of becoming Catholic? Would you like to know about the process of becoming Catholic? We at Jesus the Divine Word would like to assist you in your search for answers to questions you may have about the Catholic faith.
What made you decide to seek information on becoming a Catholic?
Perhaps you are married to a Catholic…..or you have many friends who are Catholic…..you are interested in the teachings of the Church. It could be that you have a desire to experience the sacraments of the Church. Maybe you want to know Jesus Christ more fully and are seeking God. There are many ways that God calls a person into relationship with Jesus and we are happy to help you in this journey.
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is much more than a program. It is a learning process in which conversion of the heart brings one to Jesus Christ. It is an answer to the Gospel invitation in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light.” The RCIA process emphasizes personal conversion and a commitment to the Catholic way of life.
You may be wondering…..is the RCIA process for me?
The RCIA process is for four groups of people:
Those who were baptized in other faith traditions but now feel called to become Catholic.
Those who have never been baptized or do not belong to a faith tradition but now feel called to become Catholic.
Those who were baptized Catholic but never received Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
Those who have received both Catholic baptism and First Holy Communion but were never Confirmed.
RCIA has four stages of formation. They are:
Period of Inquiry: Pre-Catechumenate This is a time for inquiry and introduction of the Gospel values, an opportunity for the beginnings of faith.
Period of the Catechumenate: This is the time for the nurturing and growth of the catechumen’s faith and conversion to God.
Period of Purification and Enlightenment: This is the time immediately preceding the elect’s initiation. It is a time of reflection, intensely centered on conversion, marked by celebration of the scrutinies and of the preparation rites on Holy Saturday.
Period of Mystagogy: This is the time, following the celebration of initiation, during which the newly initiated experience being fully a part of the Christian community by means of pertinent catechesis and particularly by participation with all the faithful in the Sunday Eucharist celebration.