The Catholic Church recognizes seven sacraments, as summarized below. As stated in the Catechism, the seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life. The U.S. Bishops state that “through the sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier.”
Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as daughters and sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. Read about baptism at St. Francis Borgia — for infants and those who are older.
What Jesus did for us at the Last Supper and on Calvary is truly made present for us in the Eucharist (Communion). At every Mass, on Sundays and weekdays, we have the opportunity to receive the Eucharist – the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Communion ministers take the Eucharist to area nursing homes and care facilities for the residents there. For information about the Eucharist, including first Eucharist for children at St. Francis Borgia, read more….
Reconciliation (confession) is our opportunity to receive pardon through God’s mercy for our sins, and to be reconciled with the Church community. Going to confession is a spiritually and emotionally positive experience where we not only receive but also feel God’s love; we renew our baptismal innocence; we get advice for the soul; and we clear our consciences. For more information, including the usual confession schedule and first reconciliation for parish children, click here.
In confirmation, one receives the empowerment, grace, or gift of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament does many things: it perfects baptismal grace, imparts the Holy Spirit, roots us more deeply in a divine bond, strengthens our membership in the Church, helps us to bear witness to our faith, and imprints a mark or character on the soul. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit received in confirmation are wisdom, understanding, knowledge, fortitude (courage), counsel (right judgment), piety (reverence), and fear of the Lord (wonder and awe). For information about confirmation of youth and adults at St. Francis Borgia, read more….
As Roman Catholics, we believe in marriage as a sacrament, a living sign and instrument of Jesus in our lives. We believe that marriage is social as well as personal. To be married in the Church means to be married as believers within a community of believers. Catholics accept marriage as it is taught by the Church – that God is its author, Jesus is its model, and the Church is its guardian. To be married at St. Francis Borgia, please contact the parish office at least six months in advance of the wedding date. For information about being married at St. Francis Borgia, see the Marriage & Weddings page.
Anointing of the Sick
In his lifetime on earth, Jesus constantly showed his love and concern for the sick. The Church continues his mission of mercy through the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, which is meant for persons who are seriously ill, in failing health, suffering from chronic illness, preparing for or recuperating from surgery, or undergoing serious medical treatment such as chemotherapy. Anointing conveys God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit. For more information about this sacrament, click here.
Holy Orders and Church Ministry
The Christian community always has need of those willing to commit themselves to ministry in the Church. All parishioners have the responsibility to pray for and encourage vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, lay ministries and religious life. The sacrament of holy orders is for men called to be a priest or deacon. Other vocations to church ministry for both men and women include religious life and lay ministry. For more information, click here.