The Sacraments

The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the seven Sacraments. These Sacraments are visible signs (acts performed by a priest) which were instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church to influence our lives ("Go then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.") and to show us what is sacred and highly significant in the Catholic faith. These occasions are where we can experience God's presence and grace and are necessary for our salvation: 


Baptism is the beginning of a lifelong journey as a disciple of God, embracing and celebrating his faith - you can be baptised any time from infancy to adulthood. 

The Eucharist is also known as Holy Communion & the Blessed Sacrament represents the Body (bread/host) and Blood (wine) of Christ who died for our sins and is a symbolic meal representing Christ's last supper - receiving this Sacrament nourishes us and brings us spiritually closer to God. The First Holy Communion is an important tradition and is the first aspect of the Eucharist Sacrament which is normally celebrated between ages seven to twelve.

Confirmation is the initiation of deepening and committing further to the Catholic faith and receiving the Holy Spirit - it follows on from the First Holy Communion for young adults and adults.


Marriage is also known as Holy Matrimony which is the loving public union between a man and a woman, giving themselves to each other totally - becoming husband and wife and following God's values.

Holy Orders are acts performed by priests once they are ordained - priests vow to lead others proclaiming the Gospel whilst providing them with the Sacraments.


Reconciliation consists of four elements: Contrition, Confession, Absolution and Penance - in these we find God's forgiveness as well as being called to forgive others.

This Sacrament was formerly known as the Last Rites - it's the physical, mental and spiritual healing of the sick provided to them by a priest.

The purpose of the Sacraments is to impart and receive grace, to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, to practice charity and finally to give worship to God. The Sacraments are not only visible signs but also have a teaching function, showing us how to nourish, grow and strengthen our faith through words and rituals - this is why they are called the "Sacraments of faith." 

Worship is integral to our lives as Christians. When we engage in the prayer and ritual of the Church, we are formed as Church. Our sacramental rites are of primary importance while we are gathered*.


RCIA, The Rite of Christian Initiation in Adults, is a course for Adults interested in learning about the Catholic faith. It is a way for you to find out more about the Catholic Church and what it has to offer you - individually by prayer and discussion in small groups.

We meet once a week, every Wednesday 7.30-8.30pm in the Chapel for prayer to discuss our faith and the scriptures. You can join us at any time and there is no obligation to continue unless you want to. 

If you'd like to receive further information regarding the Sacraments or Becoming a Catholic please contact the presbytery (parish office).

*Source: Catholic Online