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Sacrament and Penance

Catholic Encyclopedia

Catholic Essentials on Penance with references in the Bible

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Catholic Sacraments

The Seven Catholic Sacraments


Baptism : Saint Augustine of Hippo, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha


For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.


Confirmation : Saint Justin Martyr, Saint Anthony of Egypt, Saint Athanasius


Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.


Eucharist : Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint John of the Cross


Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.


Penance : Saint Columban, Saint John Bosco, Saint Alphonsus Liguori


The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick : Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Louise de Marillac, Saint Damien of Molokai

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders : Saints Cyril and Methodius, Saint John Vianney, Saint John Paul II

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.


Matrimony: Saint Monica, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Blessed Louis & Blessed Zelie Martin  (parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux) For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.

Sacraments of Healing, Penance and Anointing of the Sick

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