SACRAMENTS

The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ

and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.

The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.

BAPTISM

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What is the Sacrament of Baptism?

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.

Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

 

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213.

Who do I contact?

 

Sowmya Sudulaganti

info@holyspiritchurcheg.org

 

EUCHARIST

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What is the Sacrament of Eucharist?

The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." 

The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch. It is a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

 

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1323-1324.

Who do I contact?

 

Laura Countryman

faithformation@hsceg.org

 

CONFIRMATION

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What is the Sacrament of Confirmation (Chrism)?

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.

 

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1316.

Who do I contact?

 

Laura Countryman

faithformation@hsceg.org

 

RECONCILIATION

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What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)?

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.

 

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1422.

Click here for good resources on approaching the Sacrament of Penance with good and holy preparation. 

Who do I contact?

 

Fr. Quy Vo, pastor 

pastor@hsceg.org

 

MATRIMONY

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What is the Sacrament of Matrimony (Marriage)?

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; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.

 

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601.

Click here for more information and resources on the Sacrament of Matrimony provided by the Diocese of Albany. 

Who do I contact?

 

Sowmya Sudulaganti

info@holyspiritchurcheg.org

 

ANOINTING

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What is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction)?

Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (Jas 5:14-15).

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age.

 

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1526-1528.

Who do I contact?

 

Fr. Quy Vo, pastor 

pastor@hsceg.org

 

HOLY ORDERS

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What is the Sacrament of Holy Orders?

The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the "common priesthood of the faithful." Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the midst of the community. The ministerial priesthood differs in essence from the common priesthood of the faithful because it confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful. The ordained ministers exercise their service for the People of God by teaching, divine worship, and pastoral governance.

 

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1591-1592.

Who do I contact?

 

Very Reverend Anthony Ligato, Vicar for Vocations

anthony.ligato@rcda.orgwww.albanyvocations.org

 

the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

 

RCIA

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What is RCIA and who is it for?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the way by which people become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. Full membership requires a total formation that culminates in the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

RCIA is a faith journey in which a person is introduced to the community, beliefs, liturgy, and apostolic work of the Catholic Church.

RCIA is designed primarily for those seeking baptism. Since baptized Christians from other denominations may be seeking membership in the Catholic Church, the RCIA process is adapted to their needs as well. Baptized Catholics are also welcome who are seeking confirmation, thus completing their initiation sacraments.

For more resources, please click here.

Who do I contact?

 

Sowmya Sudulaganti

info@holyspiritchurcheg.org