Sacraments of Vocation
Two sacraments, "Holy
Orders and Matrimony, are directed
toward the salvation of others…They confer a particular
mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of
God." – [cc.1534] They are also called
the Sacraments at the Service of Communion.
"Through these sacraments those
already consecrated by Baptism and Confirmation for the common
priesthood of all the faithful can receive particular consecrations.”
Sacrament of Orders
“Holy Orders is the sacrament through
which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues
to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: this
it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three
degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.” [cc.1536]
Those called to Orders are called to serve the
life of the Church, to proclaim the Word and to make available
and accessible the riches of the Church’s sacraments.
It is the responsibility of the whole Christian community
to promote, nurture and pray for those who are called to this
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Sacrament of Matrimony
Among the seven sacraments of the church is
Christian marriage or matrimony. Marriage is most authentically
lived when it is understood in faith, experienced in love
and founded upon hope. The Church tells us that sacramental
marriage is a living sign of the love that Christ has for
It is the task of the church to assist its members
in understanding the Christian mystery of the Sacrament of
Marriage and to provide them with assistance and support as
they prepare to enter this path to holiness.
Ordinarily, marriage in the Catholic Church is a between a
Catholic Christian couple. The Church also allows marriages
between Catholics and persons of another Christian church
and between a Catholic and non-baptized person.
For matrimony to be a sacrament, the bond of marriage and
covenant must meet the following requirements:
- Both the man and woman must be free to marry.
If married before, a declaration of nullity must be obtained
if the spouse is still living.
- Both must be of legal age and mentally and
physically capable of fulfilling the requirements of marriage.
- Sacramento residents need to be registered
at Holy Spirit parish.
To ensure that the couple fully meets these
requirements and to allow adequate time for preparation, engaged
couples must contact their parish priest at least
six months prior to the anticipated wedding date.
At that time you will be able to share any special circumstances
that may exist, learn about the preparation process and receive
a brochure outlining details such as reserving the church,
documents needed, and guidelines for the wedding service itself.
Entering into marriage is a holy and wonderful
moment in the life of Catholics. We wish to support you in
your choice and make this a most blessed experience.
Contact: Father Michael Hebda 443-5442
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