Baptism is the gateway to the sacraments and necessary for salvation. It is the first Sacrament of Initiation in the Catholic Church, the foundation of our life in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism bestows God’s grace on a person, frees the recipient from Original and Personal Sin, and makes the person a member of the Body of Christ, the Church.
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world.
In the sacrament of the Eucharist we share in the Paschal Mystery and receive the Body and Blood of Christ, who is really and truly present in the appearance of bread and wine. In the Eucharist, the faithful join with Christ to give thanksgiving, honor and praise to the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The sacrament of the Eucharist completes our initiation into the Body of Christ.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy. In this Sacrament, our sins are forgiven, but we are also exhorted to "go and sin no more" (Jn 18:11) including extending that forgiveness to others who sin against us.
Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of the Church given to those who are ill. The sacrament is given by a priest who anoints the person with the Oil of the Sick. This oil is blessed by the diocesan bishop during Holy Week of each year. By this anointing, the Church commends the sick to the healing power of Jesus Christ. The sacrament joins the suffering of the sick to that of Jesus and bestows gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the participation in Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles. The Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry." (1536) The word "ordination" finds its roots in the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate one into an order. In the Catholic Church there are three levels of ordination: The episcopate (bishops), the priesthood (priests), or the diaconate (deacons).
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.