The sacraments are “efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us” – Catechism of the Catholic Church 1131 (CCC 1131): a sacrament is a sacred and visible sign of Jesus’ presence in our lives and a means of receiving God’s grace.
The Church celebrates the seven sacraments which “touch all the stages and all important moments of the Christian life” (CCC 1210). The seven sacraments are divided into three categories:
Sacraments of Initiation - The foundation of Christian Life
Sacraments of healing – Celebrate the healing power of Jesus
Sacraments at the Service of Communion – Grow through their Service to Others