The Sacraments at the Service of Communion

Holy Orders, Matrimony

Catechism of the Catholic Church



Section Two:  the Seven Sacraments of the Church

Chapter Three:  The Sacraments at the Service of Communion.


1533  Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are sacraments of Christian initiation. They ground the common vocation of all Christ's disciples, a vocation to holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world. They confer the graces needed for the life according to the Spirit during this life as pilgrims on the march towards the homeland.


1534  Two other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.


1535  Through these sacraments those already consecrated by Baptism and Confirmation1 for the common priesthood of all the faithful can receive particular consecrations. Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ's name "to feed the Church by the word and grace of God."2 On their part, "Christian spouses are fortified and, as it were, consecrated for the duties and dignity of their state by a special sacrament."3


1   Cf. LG 10.

2   LG 11 2.

3  GS 48  2.


Holy Orders V  Baptized men who may be feeling a call to the priesthood or deaconate are being called to receive a special grace and have a responsibility to discern through this calling.  The three degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders are the episcopate (bishops), presbyterate (priests), and diaconate (deacons).  


Matrimony V  Weddings are celebrated on Saturdays.  Engaged couples should contact the parish office for an initial interview before setting any dates.  A four (4) month preparation program is required.  At least one member of the couple must have been a registered and actively participating member of the parish for a minimum of four (4) months prior to the beginning of Marriage Preparation.



Jesus, I Trust in You.


the common priesthood


But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises" of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9


"a chosen race"

...Is 43: 20-21

...Eph 1:4-6


"a royal priesthood"

...Ex 19:6


"a holy nation"

...Ex 19:6


"a people of his own"

...Mal 3:17