The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace.
If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. To learn more about the individual sacraments at Christ the King, please click below for more information.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Celebrated on the second weekend of the month (except during Lent) Preparation:Attendance at a Baptism Preparation Program is required. Classes are given four times a year (February, May, August, and November) . Godparents must provide a sponsor form filled in by their parish. It is expected that parents presenting a child for Baptism participate regularly in the liturgical life of the parish.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. Our First Communion Program information.
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.
Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For more information, consult our Confirmation Page. Also we are changing the Age for Confirmation at Christ the King.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.
A family should be registered in the parish for at least six months before the celebration of Baptism or Marriage. Contact the parish at least six months in advance of the planned date.
- One of the persons intending to be married must be a registered member of the parish, a student at the University of Rhode Island or have a letter of permission from their proper pastor.
- The couple must participate in a Marriage Preparation Program at least three months prior to the marriage.
- A handout containing all information about music, stipends, flowers, rehearsal, etc. is given to all engaged couples when they schedule a wedding.
For more information, consult our Wedding Page.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.