The San Damiano Mission

Breaking Bread and Barriers

What are Sacraments?

Sacraments are the events and rituals that make up the language and religious experience of our church.  Believing that each one was instituted by Christ, they are holy moments in the lives of our community; and make holy the continuum of life from brith to death.  Each sacrament brings with it a particular grace and efficacious nature to assist us on our spiritual journey.

There are three Sacraments of Initiation into the Church community: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Though these three initial sacraments a person becomes a full member of the church community.  Usually received progressively over a number of years as children, they can also be received at once by adults who have completed The Rite of Christian Intitation for Adults.

There are also two Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.  Both of these sacraments are designed to bring healing to the lives of those who receive them.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation, commonly known as “Confession”, is an opportunity to be reconciled to God and the Community.  Through the private confession of sin, absolution is granted and communion is restored.  Anointing of the Sick, a.k.a. The Last Rites, are the usually final sacraments that a person received as they progress on their journey home to God.  In previous years these rites were only celebrated close to the hour of death, hence they were considered, the Last Rites.  However, in modern times this sacrament is no longer celebrated only at death, but may in fact be celebrated in times of serious illness, prior to a major surgery, or because of a prolonged illness.

Finally we have Marriage and Holy Orders