March 27 2011 Sacraments Initiation

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Only 4 Classes Left !!! March 27 April 3 April 10 April 17:

Only 4 Classes Left !!! March 27 April 3 April 10 April 17


Questions Do you have to give up something during Lent? Can you do something extra instead of giving something up? If nobody is perfect, won’t we all go to Purgatory?

Did You Eat Meat Last Friday, March 25th?:

Did You Eat Meat Last Friday, March 25 th ? Did You Know That You Could Have Eaten Meat Because March 25 th is a Feast Day? What Feast Day Was it??

The Feast of the Annunciation:

The Feast of the Annunciation Always March 25 th (exactly 9 months before December 25 th . Mary is our Mother in faith and our example of saying yes to God.

Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Catechism of the Catholic Church The Creed – what we believe The Sacraments – the power to believe & live for God Morality – exactly how we should live Prayer – personal relationship with God

The Seven Sacraments:

The Seven Sacraments What Are Sacraments? Where Do They Come From?

What is a Sacrament?:

What is a Sacrament? "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace." A sacrament is a source of divine grace, given to us by Christ through the Church to help us: Believe the truths of his faith Live according to his moral code Grow in his gift of divine life

What is a Sacrament?:

What is a Sacrament? Primarily how we receive the power of the Holy Spirit. There are many ways possible to receive help of the Holy Spirit from God; the sacraments are the primary way. God could have used invisible methods; but God deals with us according to our nature & we are made up of body + spirit. God works through the natural to give supernatural power. Water, oil, bread, wine, priest.

Where do the Sacraments Come From?:

Where do the Sacraments Come From? The source of all sacraments is Jesus; who gave them to us, as we can see from the Bible. Jesus specifically showed us how to perform some of the sacraments (baptism, Eucharist); the details of how to perform others were left to the Church.

What Exactly Do We Get From The Sacraments?:

What Exactly Do We Get From The Sacraments? Sanctifying Grace – Power from God living in us; divine life within us! Specific (Sacramental) Grace unique to each sacrament. For example in the sacrament of marriage we receive God’s supernatural help to love our spouse!

Who Brings us the Sacraments:

Who Brings us the Sacraments The Ordained Priest acts in persona Christi, or in the person of Christ. Jesus becomes “present” to us through the body of the priest. Note: the character of the Priest does not invalidate the sacrament.

How Should We Receive the Sacraments? Proper Disposition:

How Should We Receive the Sacraments? Proper Disposition We should desire the grace Attitude matters! The more sincere we are in our confession the more grace we will receive Receiving the Eucharist with a deep love for God will increase the grace we receive. The amount of grace in the sacrament does not change; our attitude makes more room for grace.


Questions Define a sacrament in one sentence. Why does the Catholic Church have sacraments? What do we get from the sacraments? List as many sacraments as you can along with the associated outward sign used in the sacrament. How should you approach each sacrament?

The Sacraments:

The Sacraments Entrance (Initiation) Baptism, Confirmation, & Eucharist. Maintenance (Healing) Reconciliation & Anointing Action (Service) Marriage & Holy Orders “The primary way we receive the grace of the Holy Spirit”

The Sacraments of Initiation:

The Sacraments of Initiation Baptism: Die to sin, made alive in Christ. Eucharist: We are fully united to Christ Confirmation: We become full members of the Church & “commissioned” to serve. Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation: Steps to becoming completely Catholic

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The true story of Roger & Deanne Woodward

Sacrament of Baptism:

Sacrament of Baptism “Baptism is not just symbolic; WE ARE REALLY SAVED FROM DEATH and given a second chance; a new life!!”

Where Does Baptism Come From?:

Where Does Baptism Come From? Old Testament baptism was a ceremonial cleansing on the outside. John the Baptist tells us that Jesus will establish a new baptism where we will be forgiven of sins, completely renewed, and given a new life.

The Origin of Baptism:

The Origin of Baptism John the Baptist The new Baptism by Jesus The commandment from Jesus to Baptize The Church in the first century baptized

What Happens at Baptism:

What Happens at Baptism Saved from punishment of sin (death) and given a new life. Infused with sanctifying grace; “connected” or “plugged in” to God so that we can continue to receive even more grace from God.

Why Infant Baptism?:

Why Infant Baptism? In the early Church baptism was a long process. Adults were taught the Faith and then received Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation at the same time. As families converted it became common to Baptize infants. Understanding what the sacrament accomplishes, it makes sense to baptize infants

The Outward Signs of Baptism:

The Outward Signs of Baptism Sign of the cross on the baby – Jesus died for your sins Exorcism – there is a personal devil opposed to God trying to lead all of us astray. Pouring of water – cleansing of sin, death to sin, and new life. Sacred oil – gift of the Holy Spirit. White garment – put on Jesus Christ & live the new life.

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