Sacraments

February 4, 2015

“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.

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. 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.”

(Catechism of the Catholic Church. 1131, 1210)

WHAT IS A SACRAMENT

A sacrament is a visible sign, or ritual experience, in which we encounter Christ’s saving love in the context of Church community. In this event, our capacity to be open to Christ’s actions depend upon the maturity and depth of our faith disposition. Therefore, the sacramental event is like a dialogue or encounter between Christ and ourselves, as members of the Church community.

In the 4th-century theologian St. Augustine’s definition, the sacraments are “outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace.”

Baptism

This sacrament begins our Christian life. Baptism marks us as one who has been saved by Jesus Christ and sanctified with the Spirit of God.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20) (Catechism of the Catholic Church. 1276)

You will need to be a registered member of our Parish. You will need at least one practicing Catholic in good standing for Godparents. If this is your first child, baptism preparation classes are required. To schedule a Baptism or find out about classes, contact the parish office at (865) 457-4073.

Confirmation:

This sacrament is the full initiation into the Church community. Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church.

This usually occurs in the 8th grade or the age of 13. For more information contact the church office.

Eucharist:

Also called Holy communion, this sacrament unites us directly with Jesus. Through union with him, and with one another, we are truly joined as a community. We know this, because the gospel tells us is Luke 22:19 – And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me”.

In the Eucharist, Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine. Taking this form enables us to form a real union with him.

Marriage:

Marriage is the rite by which the matrimonial union becomes a sign of God’s love and union with his people.

(Ephesians 5:25) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Through this sacrament, Christians are able to see a sign of the depth and permanence of God’s love. In addition, couples learn the holiness the Lord intended to be part of the marital union.

Marriage prep and counseling sessions are required. Please contact the Church at least four months in advance. To schedule an appointment, contact the parish office at (865) 603-9682. You are also asked to complete an Engaged Encounter Weekend.

Reconciliation:

Also called Penance or Confessions, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the formal celebration of a sinner’s repentance and God’s immediate forgiveness. Reconciliation celebrates and reminds us of God’s mercy and helps us to experience divine forgiveness. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation we experience that forgiveness and are reconciled once again with God, with church and with ourselves.

Jesus proclaimed the Good News of forgiveness for sins

Scripture tells us in Luke 7: 48, 50 that Jesus said, “Thy sins are forgiven. Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”

Anointing of the Sick:

This sacrament, which is the liturgical prayer for seriously ill Church members, was formerly called Extreme Unction. Anointing of the Sick celebrates and reminds us of God’s compassion and helps us to experience spiritual and sometimes physical strengthening when we are ill. The signs of hold oil and laying on of hands used in administering this sacrament express our faith in God’s power over sickness and the meaning of suffering in the life of the community.

(James 5:14-15) Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

If you know anyone that needs this sacrament please contact the church office.

Holy Orders

Members of the community are chosen and anointed in this sacrament to serve the Church as deacons, priests and bishops. Beginning with Our Lord, the Church required leadership, which was called forth in prayer and signs. For we are told in Scripture John 20:22 – And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost:” Mark 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.

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