Sacraments are considered signs from Christ. These are established to signify that we can be healed from sin and restored to life.
The seven sacraments are vital because it gives birth and heals our Christian Faith. As Catholics, receiving sacraments confers God's grace upon us. For example, we are given the opportunity to receive Him- body and blood- in every communion.
The Sacraments are a fundamental part of our Catholic Faith. It gives us grace, nourishes our spiritual need and lifts our state in life. They enable us to believe the truth of faith, live according to Jesus' moral codes and grow in His gift of life. Mission Basilica School, one of the Catholic Schools in Orange County, encourages students to experience all the special moments of Catholic faith through the sacraments.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first time that we receive God's life. It cleanses us of original sin and gives light to our darkened soul.
Confirmation completes the initiation begun at Baptism as it seals our soul permanently by making us spiritually adult. During confirmation, the priest anoints the person's forehead by saying, "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Penance or Reconciliation is the sacrament where we repent and confess our sins to a priest to ask for forgiveness and restoration of grace.
Sick persons receive the Anointing of the Sick. The purpose of this sacrament is to save the soul and provide possible body healing. It comforts us in our sufferings and enables us to face eternity fearlessly.
When a baptized man receives the authority and ability to share in a particular mission that Jesus Christ entrusted to His apostles, the Sacrament of Holy Orders is received.
Finally, the priest ministers to couples who are baptized and vow to an exclusive commitment to each other through the Sacrament of Matrimony. This sacrament unites spouses as Christ is united to the Church.
These Sacraments are considered extraordinary, God has given (and continues to provide) us tremendous gifts beyond all measure whenever we need them through these sacraments.
Catholic schools like Mission Basilica School want every student to lead a sacramental life by receiving these sacraments as it is our duty to make our students' natural life resemble their spiritual life as we all participate in Christ's mission here on earth.