While we believe that human life is infused with the sacramental goodness of God, the Catholic Church has defined seven sacraments – instituted by and through the life of Jesus Christ. It is through the experience of the sacramental ritual that we are infused with God’s grace. The Sacraments nourish and strengthen us as they express and build up our faith.
There is unity and uniformity in the Catholic Church around the world. But at the same time, each bishop can set certain policies for his diocese (region) which he believes are best for the local community. Therefore, in our parish, we follow the policies outlined by our bishop in the Diocese of Phoenix. You can follow this link to get an in-depth look at the sacraments. Sacramental Policies for Children in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix
Our Sacrament Programs
The design of our programs for sacramental formation are meant to fit the particular needs and abilities of the person who is seeking sacraments. We understand that people do not fit neatly into a standard program of faith formation. People move around. People miss opportunities for the usual age of the sacraments. People come to faith at different times in their lives. Please allow us to help you.
The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. (CCC 1113)
If you are an adult who is seeking baptism and the other sacraments of initiation, please check out our page about Becoming Catholic RCIA. You might need to explore other pages on our website as well for further information that fits your needs and schedule. Don’t hesitate to call us in the parish office.
Sacraments of Christian Initiation
Christian initiation is accomplished by means of the sacraments which establish the foundations of Christian life. The faithful born anew by Baptism are strengthened by Confirmation and are then nourished by the Eucharist. Read more about the Sacraments of Christian Initiation.
The Sacrament of Baptism
The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life. Baptism is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation into the life of Christ within his Church. The historical order of these three sacraments is: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. When these are celebrated during Holy Mass, Baptism and Confirmation occur after we have heard the Word of God and then Communion is given at the normal time within Mass.
The Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . . We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
Are you seeking to rediscover your friendship with Jesus? Haven’t been to Mass in a while and wondering where to start? Start by getting to know Jesus again through prayer. It doesn’t matter how long its been since you have been to Mass. You are always invited to encounter Jesus in the Mass.
Sacraments of Healing
Christ, the physician of our soul and body, instituted these sacraments because the new life that he gives us in the sacraments of Christian initiation can be weakened and even lost because of sin. Therefore, Christ willed that his Church should continue his work of healing and salvation by means of these two sacraments. Read more about the Sacraments of Healing.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Not only does it [the Sacrament of Penance] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His miracles were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
Sacraments at the Service of Communion and Mission
Two sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, confer a special grace for a particular mission in the Church to serve and build up the People of God. These sacraments contribute in a special way to ecclesial communion and to the salvation of others. Read more about the Sacraments at the Service of Communion and Mission.
The Sacrament of Marriage (Matrimony)
Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with “the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church. Man and woman were created for each other.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders
From the moment of Jesus’ conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . While all the baptized share in Christ’s priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.