At our birth, God claims us as His own by means of the Sacrament of Baptism
. At other significant points in our lives as we mature and grow older, other Sacraments are celebrated for various purposes in our lives.
These are ordinarily done within the Sacrament of the Eucharist
since it is within Mass that we discover who we are, what we are to do as followers of Christ, and where we hope to spend eternity. This is done through reading from scripture and hearing an explication of those readings through the homily. The prayer of the community of faithful like us supports and challenges us.
At an age when we start to become responsible for what we do or do not do, we receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion for strength. For choices not to love and for other sins, we admit we are sinners and in need of God's grace in mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession.
As we become adults, we are strengthened through the Sacrament of Confirmation
so we can face life with gifts to help us live our Catholic life.
As adults we make a choice to live in love with the person who makes us more complete than we imagined, our husband or wife. That commitment is publicly celebrated through the Sacrament of Matrimony
. Some feel called by God to live their lives in service to the Church and world as priests, brothers and sisters in a diocese or religious community. Public profession of vows are taken by religious men and women. The Sacrament of Holy Orders
sets a man aside for lifelong service of God's people as a priest.
A moments of serious illness and at the time of death, the Sacrament of the Sick
is celebrated by anointing the ill person with consecrated oil, asking the prayers of the Church and the sending of God's healing spirit for the person.
The bookends of our lives are touched by the Church and Christ ministering in the Church. Those large moments in our lives are thereby made holy and times of grace and peace.