The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to usCatechism of the Catholic Church, no.1131
Sacraments are foundational for the religious and spiritual life of Catholics. Campus Ministry endeavors to make the Sacraments understood, available, and accessible to the entire University community. Campus Ministry offers students, faculty and staff the opportunity to both prepare and celebrate the sacraments on campus. The sacraments are often grouped together in the following ways determined by distinct life passages common to the human experience. The Sacraments of Initiation which includes baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, mark the passage of an individual's entrance and ongoing faith formation in the Christian community. The Sacraments of Healing include both Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick and are celebrated at those moments when an individual's relationship with God and the Christian community is severed or compromised because of sin (Reconciliation) or by chronic or serious physical or emotional illness (Anointing of the Sick). The Sacraments of Vocation include both Holy Matrimony or Marriage and Ordained Ministry. These sacraments celebrate a major transition in the life of the engaged couple or individual who seek to serve the Christian community publically in the pattern of Christ's own self gift in loving service to his sisters and brothers.
The Sacraments of Initiation
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.Matthew 28:19-20
Commissioned by Christ, and enacted in the name of the Trinity, this first sacrament of Christian initiation incorporates new members into the Church through the mystery of Jesus Christian discipleship. This ritual act, using water and oil, confers grace, the priesthood of the baptized, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse." The pouring of water over the head or full immersion of the body into a baptismal pool symbolizes an individual's burial into Christ's death, from which they arise a "new creation" by the power of Christ's resurrection. The "death" signified in baptism is the death of sin in the new Christian and a birth in holiness. In baptism the new Christian is washed and anointed, healed and reconciled so as to be free for loving service to God, neighbor and creation.
[Followers] are more perfectly bound to the Church by the sacrament of Confirmation, and the Holy Spirit endows them with special strength..Lumen gentium, no. 11
Confirmation, the second of the three sacraments of initiation, celebrates and acknowledges that the Spirit of Jesus given in baptism is truly alive and at work in the Christian community through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In Catholicism, Confirmation is celebrated at the time when a Christian is able to be conscious of the Spirit's life in him or her in the call for mission to our world. Like all the Sacraments, confirmation celebrates a transformation so profound that its meaning can never be captured in any simple description. In Confirmation, Christians acknowledge all the wonderful, usually subtle ways that Christ's spirit is with them - affirming, strengthening, and challenging and anointing them for service in the gifts of their talents, education and presence.
the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian lifeLumen gentium, no. 11
In the sacrament of the Eucharist, Catholics have the ultimate sign of Christ's presence in their midst. Receiving the Eucharist represents the fullness of Christian initiation by most closely uniting each person with the mystery of Jesus within a community of faith and service. The Eucharist symbolizes how life and human relationships ought to be: all persons are reconciled, all are invited to gather around one table, all forgive one another and make peace and all are encouraged to live lives of gratitude and service. We are invited to bring our everyday life to the table of the Lord and unite our lives with Jesus' sacrifice.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a time of preparation to receive the sacraments of baptism, Confirmation and First Communion (Eucharist). At Barry University, students are encouraged to pursue spiritual growth as a part of the transformative educational process which is so integral to the Barry experience. You may have some fundamental questions about the nature of the human experience such as the existence of evil and injustice, the question of meaning and purpose in life and the inevitability of death and loss. Such philosophical questions may be raised in class or in the context of informal conversations with classmates or friends. An individual might discern a call to further explore these questions more fully with persons of faith. If you find that your path is within the Catholic tradition, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will assist in that process. This process is one marked by prayer, inquiry, instruction, and reflection culminating in the Sacraments of Initiation on Holy Saturday, the eve of Easter Sunday.
If you are interested in more information regarding the RCIA, please contact Dr. Veneta Lorraine, the Coordinator for Retreats and Faith Formation at 305-899-3653 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacraments of Healing
Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all nations.Luke 24:46-47
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Penance or Confession, celebrates the unfailing forgiveness that God extends to us. The Catholic Church has ritualized into a sacrament the deeply human need to experience forgiveness from both God and community when we have sinned. The Church has long valued this sacrament as a means for God to heal our spirit through self-reflection and by telling the story of our own brokenness and failings.
Anointing of the Sick
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of her priests, the whole church commends the sick to the suffering and glorified Lord.Lumen gentium, no.11
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick focuses on healing the damaging effects that chronic illness, infirmity, and age have on a person's body, mind and spirit. The sacrament celebrates the meaning that Jesus' own suffering, death and resurrection can bring to the human experience of suffering and pain. The mental anguish that often accompanies illness can be greatly relieved by partaking in the grace-filled love offered through the Sacrament of Anointing. The sacrament is celebrated when someone is seriously ill, about to have surgery or is near death.
For those individuals who wish to celebrate either the Sacrament of Reconciliation or the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please contact Fr. Marcelo Solorzano, OP at email@example.com or 305-899-3658
The Sacraments of Vocation
[Spouses] signify and partake of that unity and fruitful love which exists between Christ and His Church.Lumen gentium, no. 11
Marriage is a community of life and love, founded in a mutual and irrevocable covenant, by which a man and a woman give and accept one another for the purpose of establishing an intimate partnership for their whole life. The Sacrament of Marriage gives Catholics a path to allow their whole lifestyle to reveal God's goodness and love to the world. Matrimony is much more than a private arrangement between two people for it is a vocation to embody God's irrevocable covenant of love for humankind. The covenant of marriage is a mutual commitment not only to create a life of mutual partnership, but also to nurture and sustain it. In this sacrament husband and wife reveal to family, Church and world the love of Christ in our midst.
Campus Ministry offers the opportunity for currently enrolled students to prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage at Cor Jesu Chapel or in their home parishes. Initial preparation must begin six months before the date of the wedding. Couples of any Christian denomination are welcome to celebrate their wedding in Cor Jesu Chapel. An appointment with the university chaplain must be made before the chapel can be reserved.
Any engaged couple who would like to be prepared for the sacrament can do so by making an appointment by contacting Fr. Marcelo Solorzano, OP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-899-3836.