Liturgical and Sacramental Life

The liturgical life of a parish is embodied in communal prayer each week and throughout the Liturgical Year of the Church. This takes shape in many forms, including Sunday Mass and the Sacraments, namely Baptism, Penance, Eucharist, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony and Holy Orders.

Central to liturgical life is the Sunday Eucharist celebrated on the Lord’s Day. The celebration of the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324), and so all other liturgies flow from and toward the celebration of Mass. The parish gathers as a community of believers, the Body of Christ, to offer praise and thanksgiving to God.

On the Liturgy

“In the Church’s liturgy the divine blessing is fully revealed and communicated. The Father is acknowledged and adored as the source and the end of all the blessings of creation and salvation. In his Word who became incarnate, died, and rose for us, He fills us with his blessings. Through his Word, He pours into our hearts the Gift that contains all gifts, the Holy Spirit.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1082

On the Sacraments

“The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131