Baptism, Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian Initiation.” Baptism is the beginning of new life; Confirmation is its strengthening; and the Eucharist nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ. The sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation and Anointing of the sick form the sacraments of healing. The sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders are the sacraments at the service of communion and the mission of the faithful. (CCC, 1211)

The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life. They give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life. (CCC, 1210)

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them.


Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit.


The sacrament of Confirmation enriches the baptized with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.


The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time.


The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.


The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance, or reconciliation.