Sacraments

  • Mass Schedule

    Weekdays
    Mass 12:15 PM

    Saturday
    Reconciliation 4:15-4:45 PM
    Mass 5:00 PM

    Sunday
    Mass 10:30 AM

A sacrament is an encounter with Christ. It has a visible aspect (such as the pouring of water in Baptism), and it has an invisible or inner aspect (the action of Christ called grace). The name “sacrament” comes from the Latin word meaning sign.

A sacrament is a visible sign that has an invisible effect. Therefore each sacrament has a visible aspect that is seen by the senses, and an invisible aspect, referred to as grace, that makes people holy and empowers them to do good. Sacraments are religious ceremonies that use visible signs that give invisible grace from God.

These signs of grace were instituted by Christ and were entrusted to the Church. There are seven sacraments, and each has a definite purpose.

The Catholic Catechism defines sacraments as “efficacious signs of grace,

instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC #1131).

In summary, sacraments:

  • Are visible signs
  • Cause the invisible effect they signify
  • Convey grace, and the grace of each sacrament has a particular focus
  • Were instituted by Christ
  • Require a proper disposition in the recipient
  • Bring responsibilities and opportunities to the recipient

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation is at least a 2-year process. Children may enroll in religious education or faith formation sessions one year prior to the reception of the Sacrament.

 

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ST. ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC CHURCH

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Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Fr. Loren Thomas Connell, OFM, Pastor

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