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The Sacraments

Jesus’ chosen way of gifting His life of grace to us for all time.

"Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law.

There are seven: 

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In Baptism we receive new life in Christ. Baptism takes away original sin and gives us a new birth in the Holy Spirit. Its sign is the pouring of water. Click Here for more about Baptism and Sacramental Formation at Saint Bridget.

Confirmation seals our life of faith in Jesus, completes our baptism, and empowers the faithful with an outpouring of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Its signs are the laying on of hands on a person’s head, most often by a bishop, and the anointing with oil. Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once.

The Eucharist nourishes our life of faith. Its signs are the bread and wine we receive—the Body and Blood of Christ.

Through Penance we receive God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness requires being sorry for our sins. In Penance we receive Jesus’ healing grace through absolution by the priest. The signs of this sacrament are our confession of sins and the words of absolution. Click Here for a quick guide to confession.

This sacrament unites a sick person’s suffering with that of Jesus and brings forgiveness of sins. Oil, a symbol of strength, is the sign of this sacrament. A person is anointed with oil and receives the laying on of hands from a priest.

In Matrimony a baptized man and woman are united with each other as a sign of the unity between Jesus and his Church. Matrimony requires the consent of the couple, as expressed in the marriage promises. The couple and their wedding rings are the signs of this sacrament.

In Holy Orders men are ordained as priests, deacons, or bishops. Priests serve as spiritual leaders of their communities, and deacons serve to remind us of our baptismal call to help others. Bishops carry on the teachings of the apostles. The signs of this sacrament are the laying on of hands and anointing with oil by the bishop.

The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith.

There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1210.)

Thanks to loyolapress.com for the sacrament summaries. 

Contact Info

Saint Bridget Catholic Church
6006 Three Chopt Road
Richmond, Virginia 23226

Office & Clergy: (804) 282-9511
Fax: (804) 285-7227
parishmail@saintbridgetchurch.org

Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mass Schedule

Tuesday:
Adoration (in the church) & Reconciliation: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Saturday:
Reconciliation: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Vigil Mass: Live-streamed at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday:
Vigil Mass live-stream available for viewing.

Daily:
Masses live-streamed at 8 a.m.

 

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