“Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), 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 the Christian’s life of faith.” Catechism of the Catholic Church
THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
Through Baptism, the faithful are destined for the worship of the Christian religion.
Baptism Preparation for Infants and Children
Parents who desire to have their child(ren) baptized are asked to contact the Parish Office to schedule the Baptism and pre-jordan classes.
Baptism Preparation for Adults
Adults who wish to learn more about Baptism in the Catholic church are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program. For more information, contact the Parish Office.
The Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded of you” Matthew 28:19-20
Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member of the Church community. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
Baptism is, like all the sacraments, a gift from God. Water is the universal symbol. Water is absolutely essential for all life. Water cleanses and restores. It is the waters of Baptism which give us new life. In accordance, through Baptism we also die to our old sinful selves in order to be restored and resurrected in the new life of Christ.
“The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1279
In the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the whole Christian life, the faithful offer the Divine Victim to God, and offer themselves along with It, and manifest the unity of the people of God in the Mystical Body of Christ.
Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit endows the people of God with special strength to spread and defend the faith, both by word and by deed, as true witnesses of Christ.
Non-Catholic adults who wish to learn more about Confirmation in the Catholic church are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program. For more information, contact the Parish Office.
The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church
“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit” Acts 8:14-17
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “Sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded.
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
Penance (Reconciliation or Confession)
Through Penance, the faithful obtain pardon from the mercy of God for the offense committed against Him and are reconciled with the Church, which they have wounded by their sins.
Confessions are heard every Saturday from 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm. All confessionals have the option of face-to-face or privacy screens. Confessions can also be heard by appointment. Call (610) 384-1415 for more information.
The Sacrament of Penance & Reconcilation in the Catholic Church
“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week,” Jesus showed himself to his apostles. “He breathed on them and said to them: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”” John 20:19, 22-23
The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance, or reconciliation. To return to communion with God after having lost it through sin is a process born of the grace of God who is rich in mercy and solicitous for the salvation of men. One must ask for this precious gift for oneself and for others.
The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:
Reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
Reconciliation with the Church;
Remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
Remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;
Peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
An increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.
Annointing of the Sick
By the Anointing of the Sick and the prayer of her priests the whole Church commends the sick to the suffering and glorified Lord, asking that He may lighten their suffering and save them.
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is offered by appointment with one of our parish priests. For more information, please call the Parish office (610) 384-1415
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in the Catholic Church
The sacrament of Anoiniting of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age. Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also when, after he has received it, the illness worsens.
THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION
AND THE MISSION OF THE FAITHFUL
Through Holy Orders, those called by God are appointed to feed the Church in Christ’s name with the word and the grace of God.
In Matrimony, Christian spouses reflect the unity and fruitful love which exists between Christ and His Church, and help each other to attain to holiness in their married life and in the rearing and education of their children.
The Sacrament of Eucharist at Our Lady of the Rosary Church
First Communion for Children
Eucharist Preparation for Adults
Adults who wish to learn more about Eucharist in the Catholic church are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program.
Call (610) 384-1415 for more information.
The Sacrament of Eucharist in the Catholic Church
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; …he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and … abides in me, and I in him” John 6:51, 54, 56
One of the seven sacraments of the Church, indeed the greatest of the sacraments, described by the Church in this way:
“The Most Holy Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and the source of all Christian worship and life; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ. The other sacraments and all the ecclesiastical works of the apostolate are closely related to the Holy Eucharist and are directed to it.” Canon Law 897
Although the Eucharist is one sacrament, there are three essential aspects to which the Church points:
Sacrifice; Communion; Real Presence of Christ.