Sacraments

Sacraments

The sacraments are signs that reveal what is sacred and hidden, while also constituting the normal means by which Almighty God communicates his supernatural life to his people. 

"Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law.  There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.  The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to a Christian's life of faith.  Thus there is a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life." (CCC 1210)

It is the privilege and sacred duty of every Catholic to avail themselves to the frequent reception of the sacraments.  Just as the body withers when it is deprived of nourishment, so the soul withers when it is not nourished by the life of God.  The sacraments, together with prayer, are the means by which we feed on the life of God.  Here at St. Josephs Old Cathedral we try to make access to the sacramental life as convenient as possible for those who live, work and travel downtown.  

Please follow the links to learn more about what the church says about the sacraments and the opportunities to receive them at the Old Cathedral.

Baptism    Confirmation   The Eucharist   Reconciliation   Anointing of the Sick   Holy Orders   Matrimony