The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace.
If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. To learn more about the individual sacraments, please follow the links below. You’ll find easy-to-understand articles and a good sample of common questions and answers.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. If you or a loved one is interested in receiving the sacrament of Baptism for infants, please contact Fr. Jim in the Church Office on 804 329-4599. For Baptism for children and adults, please contact Annie McEntee at email@example.com or call 804-329-4599
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. For children receiving their First Eucharist, please click here for more information.
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others. For children’s First Reconciliation preparation please click here for more information. For all others interested in receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation, please contact Fr Jim in the Church Office on 804 329-4599
Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Generally teens receive their Confirmation in their Sophomore year of High School. For teens interested in receiving Confirmation, please click here for more information.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values. If you or a loved one is interested in embarking on the sacrament of Marriage, please contact Fr Jim in the Church Office on 804 329-4599
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. If you or a loved one is interested in receiving the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please contact Fr Jim in the Church Office on 804 329-4599.
If you have Never been baptized or baptized in another Christian tradition? Or perhaps you are a Catholic who has never been confirmed. For more information please contact Annie McEntee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804-329-4599 or click here for more information. RCIA Sponsors- If you are a member of St Elizabeth’s and would like to help with this ministry as a sponsor or as a team member please contact Annie McEntee at email@example.com or call 804-329-4599.