The Seven Sacraments are administered through your local parish.
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Anointing of the sick
A sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ to give spiritual aid and comfort and perfect spiritual health, including, if need be, the remission of sins, and also, conditionally, to restore bodily health, to Christians who are seriously ill; it consists essentially in the unction by a priest of the body of the sick person, accompanied by a suitable form of words. To obtain more information of the sacrament of Anointing the Sick please click here.
Care must be taken to delineate clearly the distinct status of those who are Catechumens and those who are already baptized but await reception into full communion in the Catholic Church. Conditional Baptism should be administered only when reasonable and serious doubt exists as to the fact or validity of a prior Baptism, and need not be part of the reception ceremonies but may be celebrated privately and prior to the reception into full communion. To obtain more information on the sacrament of Baptism please click here.
Confirmation is to be received in the eighth grade or when the candidate is 13 years old, unless health or residence would suggest otherwise. If a young person is unwilling at this age to make a full commitment to Jesus Christ and to accept the fullness of membership in the Catholic Church, he or she should be given the option of receiving Confirmation at a later time, perhaps as an adult. The church recognizes the validity of Orders and Sacraments in the Orthodox Churches and in the Polish National Church. For this reason the Orthodox Christian who has been confirmed in his own church and now desires to be received into communion with the Roman Catholic Church, should not again be admitted to Confirmation. The Church does not recognize the validity of Confirmation ceremonies administered by any of the Reformation Churches. All such ceremonies are administered again without condition. To obtain more information on the sacrament of Confirmation please click here.
Members of churches not in full communion with the Catholic Church may not be invited to receive the Eucharist, but should someone in good conscience (that is, not realizing that he or she is ineligible) approach, the person should be given Holy Communion rather than be publicly embarrassed. To obtain more information on the sacrament of the Eucharist please click here.
Couple's are to be encouraged to begin formal marriage preparation with their parish priest or deacon as soon as possible after the engagement, ideally a full year but not less than four months before the anticipated wedding date. No firm date for the wedding should be set until the conclusion of the couple‚s meeting with the priest or deacon. Exceptions to this norm may be granted by the pastor, but only when serious circumstances and the spiritual welfare of the couple demand it. Weddings are to take place in churches. The Bishops‚ permission may be sought to hold weddings in other suitable places for extraordinary reasons or because the marriage involves an unbaptized person. To obtain more information on the sacrament of Marriage please click here.
Parish priests should set aside a fixed time at least once a week when parishioners know that the Sacrament of Penance is available. Confessions must not be heard during the celebration of the Eucharist. Individual, integral confession and absolution remain the only ordinary way for the faithful to reconcile themselves with God and the Church, unless physical or moral impossibility excuses from this kind of confession. The introduction of the occasional possibility of general absolution must not lead to the misunderstanding that general absolution is an ordinary alternative to individual confession. It would be an abuse of the ministry of reconciliation for priests, in the light of the possible opportunity for general absolution, to diminish their availability to individual penitents. To obtain more information on the sacrament of Reconciliation please click here.
Order is used to signify not only the particular rank or general status of the clergy, but also the outward action by which they are raised to that status, and thus stands for ordination. It also indicates what differentiates laity from clergy or the various ranks of the clergy, and thus means spiritual power. The Sacrament of Order is the sacrament by which grace and spiritual power for the discharge of ecclesiastical offices are conferred. To obtain more information on the sacrament of Holy Orders please click here.
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