Sacraments of Initiation Baptism, confirmation and Eucharist: Together these introduce us to Christ and build relationship throughout life Christian initiation is accomplished through the three sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist. Together, these “lay the foundations of every Christian life.”
In confirmation, Spirit pours out strength, gifts Alex Norman, 17, an 11th grader at Northside High School in Fort Smith, experienced how the support of his parish, friends and other faith mentors nurtured his Catholicism as he prepared to receive confirmation at Christ the King Church in Fort Smith last April.
Sacraments of healing Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick: These sacraments bring relief and peace to those who suffer in body and spirit But one carries this new life in “earthen vessels” and is still subject to suffering, illnesses and death. This new life as a child of God can be weakened during the course of one’s life and even lost by sin. It is the sacraments of healing —- reconciliation and anointing of the sick —- that allow Catholics to return to that new life of Christ.
Confession restores our relationship with God On a trip to Lourdes, France, 15 years ago, Deacon John Pate discovered the true meaning of reconciliation. He and his wife, Sandra, who were both new to the Catholic Church, signed up for a tour led by Bishop Andrew J. McDonald to Paris, Lourdes and Rome.
Sacraments at the service of communion Holy Orders and Matrimony: These sacraments of vocation exist to bring about the salvation of others While the sacraments of initiation and healing focus on an individual’s continued conversion and renewal, empowering one to spread the Good News to others, the sacraments of holy orders and matrimony are specifically “directed towards the salvation of others.”
Holy orders calls ordained clergy to be servants Msgr. Scott Friend said before he was ordained he feared he didn’t have what it takes to be a good priest. “‘How am I going to preach? How am I going to counsel people? How am I going to be able to govern as a pastor?’” he wondered.
Marriage unites man, woman in sacred bond After 32 years of marriage, Laurel and Jane Becnel still remember how they felt at their wedding. Jane Becnel, 53, said she remembers kneeling on the altar and praying to the Blessed Mother “because I was scared to death.” She was happy because she knew Laurel was right for her, but “I was scared because knew it opened a whole new door for me.”