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Sacraments

A sacrament is a sacred and visible sign that is instituted by Jesus to give us grace, an undeserved gift from God.  They are not symbolic gestures from man to Jesus, but are physical gifts of grace from Jesus to man; special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. They are the steps that strengthen us in our lifelong journeys of commitment and discipleship to Christ. They help us recognize Jesus, who comes to us through cleansing water and invigorating oil to welcome and fortify us, life-giving bread and wine that become Christ's Body and Blood, a hand outstretched in forgiveness, vows lovingly exchanged in marriage, a hand designating someone for ordained service and oil to strengthen the sick and comfort the dying.

The seven sacraments instituted by Christ and faithfully administered at St. John Neumann parish are: The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “the seven sacraments touch all the stages and all important moments of the Christian life” ( CCC 1210).