Sacraments of the Catholic Church

What are the Sacraments?

The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church are visible signs, instituted by Christ, to bring us grace. There are seven. Three are sacraments of initiation, which bring a person into full communion with the Church. These are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Two, Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick are sacraments of healing. The final two are sacraments of vocation: Matrimony and Holy Orders.

Baptism

Baptism is the first sacrament where you become united with Christ and the Church – no other sacrament can be received without it. A priest performs this rite by immersing the baptismal candidate into water, therefore cleansing their original sin through water and the word. The candidate traditionally wears white garments, a candle is lit and they are anointed with sacred chrism. This is the first step in your relationship with God and Christ. Usually this takes place when the candidate is a baby, however, it’s never too late and you’re never too old to begin your journey with God. 

Do you wish for you or your child to be baptized? Begin your journey at Saint Michael’s by scheduling a meeting with Deanna Dean

Eucharist

Eucharist means thanksgiving. This is when Christ’s body and blood are offered and then received by the parishioner under the appearance of bread and wine. Christ during the Last Supper broke bread, blessed and ate it, gave it to his disciples and told them to eat it, saying, this is My Body. Now the priest, through the words of consecration, blesses and administers the Holy Communion during every mass to unite each of the faithful who partakes to Christ. Food and drink nourishes our bodies ‒- Christ’s blood and body nourishes us spiritually.

Are you or your child interested making their first Communion? Begin your journey at Saint Michael’s by scheduling a meeting with Deanna Dean

Mass at Saint Michael

Eucharistic Adoration at St. Michael

Confirmation

This is the sacrament that follows Baptism as part of the initiation process with God and the Church, where the candidate receives the gift of the Holy Spirit and continues their journey with Christ. During Confirmation, the candidate is anointed on the forehead with chrism by a bishop. Since baptism typically happens when the candidate is a baby, confirmation is a great way for an older child to acknowledge that they still want to continue their journey with God and grow their relationship with Him.

For information about our Confirmation program, contact Deanna Dean

Reconciliation

During the sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Penance or Confession, one confesses their sins to God through a priest who forgives their sins by God’s mercy through absolution, and orders them to live a more faithful life. Confession is essential to cultivating and fruitfully living out the word of God. 

To learn about our first Reconciliation program, contact Deanna Dean

Confession times at St. Michael

Anointing of the sick

This sacrament is only bestowed upon those who are seriously ill or suffering, which then unites the inflicted with Christ’s passion. Anointing the forehand and hands of the person with chrism while a priest administers a special blessing is how this sacrament is received. This special blessing strengthens the recipient and allows them to grow connection with God in both mind and body during a time of suffering.

To request the sacrament of Anointing, please contact the parish office at (317) 926-7359. Outside of business hours, contact (765) 301-0794.

Matrimony

Marriage isn’t just a union between man and wife. The covenant that a husband and wife make with one other, and with Christ on their wedding day, mirrors Christ’s love and service to the church. Through the sacrament of matrimony, a couple promises to help build each other up in faith, serve each other and the Church and be faithful to each other until death.

Interested in getting married at St. Michael? Start by contacting the parish office at (317) 926-7359

Holy Orders

This sacrament is for those who choose to become a priest, bishop or deacon. Through ordination, they are able to perform sacred duties and serve the church community. This is not a sacrament that everyone partakes in, rather it’s one that people feel called to by God.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the call to the priesthood, contact the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Office of Vocations