Introduction and Overview
The Sacraments are defined as outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ to help individuals in their spiritual life and to grow in holiness. Sacraments are mysteries; the signs of the sacred presence of our God in our midst today. They are more than mere signs, however, for the Sacraments impart grace. The Sacraments help to make people holy and build up the body of Christ. They are a way to relate to God throughout life’s transitions and help us give praise and worship to God. They help us nourish, strengthen, and express our faith. Through the Sacraments, Jesus remains with His people, strengthening, healing, feeding, and forgiving them as they face life’s challenges.
The Catholic Church celebrates seven Sacraments, which were instituted by Christ during his earthly ministry and which continue to define the liturgical life of the Church today.