Below you can find information about each of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. For more information about how to get started with the process at St. Mary Magdalene Church, call the parish office at 715-258-2088.
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love. - USCCB
Sacraments are "powers that comes forth" from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are "the masterworks of God" in the new and everlasting covenant. Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1116)
Through the sacraments, grace sustains us and enriches our union with the very life of the trinity. This flow of grace strengthens us and helps us though the rigors and hardships of living our faith as committed disciples.
Sacraments: A Definition
The Catholic sacraments are chosen instruments of divine power, defined as “an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.”
God chose to bestow His invisible Grace on us through the visible things that we deal with daily. God took the common things from the world about us—objects which we could taste and touch and feel, words that we could hear and gestures that we could understand—and made these the carriers of His grace.
The outward signs are God’s way of treating us like the human beings we are. He conveys His unseen grace into our spiritual souls through material symbols which our physical bodies can perceive—things and words and gestures.
The outward signs of the sacraments have two parts: the “thing” itself which is used (water, oil, etc.), and the words or gestures which give significance to what is being done
Instituted by Christ
We know that no human power could attach an inward grace to an outward sign—not even the divinely guided but humanly applied power of the Church.
Only God can do that.
Which brings us to the second element in the definition of a sacrament: “instituted by Christ.”
Between the time He began His public life and the time He ascended into heaven, Jesus fashioned the seven sacraments. When He ascended into heaven that put an end to the making of sacraments.
Credit to: BeginningCatholic.com