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The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church

The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the Body of Christ and, finally, to give worship to God. Because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it. 
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1123

sacraments of initiation

BAPTISM is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. 

Baptism begins a person’s initiation into the life of the Church. The parish provides a preparation class for first-time parents. Please contact the church office in advance of the birth of your child to prepare for the baptism of your child.

Adults are initiated into the life of the Church through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation. The process begins in the fall and candidates are baptized or received into the Church at the Easter Vigil.

CONFIRMATION is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to 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.

Students enrolled in our ccd program will be prepared to receive the sacrament. It is a three year program beginning in the sixth grade and continuing in the seventh & eighth grades. The Bishop of Covington, or his designee, celebrates this sacrament of initiation every three years at St. Edward. 

Those baptized Catholic but beyond grade school age prepare for the sacrament individually. This celebration takes place on the feast of Pentecost each year at the Cathedral. 

HOLY COMMUNION the principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Indeed the Lord said: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.

Young parishioners are prepared for to receive their First Communion in a two year program, beginning in the first grade. The celebration of the sacrament, in the second grade, usually is celebrated on the first Sunday of May. 

Holy Communion is brought to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass (short-term and long-term). They are asked to contact the church office make arrangements.

sacraments of healing

ANOINTING of the SICK by the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. 

The sacrament is celebrated individually and communally. Great care and concern should be taken to see that those of the faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age receive this sacrament.

The sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after being anointed and then again fall ill or if during the same illness the person’s condition becomes more serious.

A sick person may be anointed before surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the surgery. Elderly people may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present.

PENANCE & RECONCILIATION the whole power of this sacrament consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship.

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins.

Penance is regularly celebrated on Saturday afternoon from 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. or by appointment. 

Communal Penance Services, with individual confessions, are held in Advent and Lent. These services are announced in the Sunday Bulletin. 

First Penance is usually celebrated in the winter months after the child has been prepared to receive this sacrament in the first and second grade.

sacraments of service

MATRIMONY The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.

Those wishing to celebrate the sacrament are asked to contact the church office at least six months in advance of the proposed wedding date. It is recommended that a wedding ceremony occur in the church where a person is registered and attends Mass regularly. Depending on the religious traditions of both the bride and groom the Church celebrates the Rite of Marriage inside or outside of Mass.

HOLY ORDERS is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three orders: bishop, priest and deacon.

If you know a man who may be interested in living his life as a deacon or priest, please contact the pastor. A candidate for Holy Orders should show a concern for others, and possibly already be involved in the life and ministry of the Church.