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are the Sacraments?
Sacraments are “actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church.
They are the ‘masterworks of God’ in the new and everlasting covenant” (Catechism
1116). “The purpose of the Sacraments,” wrote the Fathers of the
Second Vatican Council, “is to sanctify human beings, to build up the Body of
Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God…. They not only presuppose faith,
but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it.”
In the Catholic Church there are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation,
Eucharist, Penance (or Reconciliation), Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and
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Baptism of Infants and Young Children
Communal celebrations are held several times a year.
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including FAQs. For information on the baptism of children ages 7-17, click
First Reconciliation and First Communion
At about age 7, children can begin to prepare to receive
communion, the body and blood of Christ, for the first time. In conjunction with
the new Archdiocesan guidelines, preparation for First Reconciliation and First
Communion is a two-year process which includes preparation for First
Reconciliation (Confession) and culminates in the First Communion celebration on
the first Sunday in May.
Brenda Bellamy for information, 206-274-3108.
Baptism of Adults and Older Children
Adults interested in becoming Catholic participate in the Rite of
Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
Click here to visit the RCIA page. Children over the age of 6
participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children, a special
program beginning in September and concluding with baptism at the Easter
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The Church Fathers sometimes called this sacrament “the more difficult
baptism.” St. Ambrose drew a parallel between reconciliation and
baptism: “there are water and tears: the water of Baptism and the tears
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays, 4:00-5:00 in
the Reconciliation Chapel, located in the west vestibule of the
Cathedral. Communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are
celebrated four times a year in preparation for Christmas and Easter.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is, with Baptism and Eucharist, one of the
three sacraments of initiation; confirmation completes and “confirms” the grace
of baptism. Through the anointing with the sacred chrism the baptized person is
“enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit,” and more than ever
“obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (Catechism 1285).
Confirmation is typically celebrated in the spring, with preparation classes for
youth 16 and older and for adults who have not been Confirmed beginning in late
winter. Contact Rosanne
at (206) 654-4658 for information on the preparation program.
The Church looks on marriage as a “covenant, by which a man and a
woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life” (Catechism
1601). In its understanding of marriage, the Church looks back to the
union between man and woman ordained by God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis
1-2). Christ worked his first miracle in the context of a wedding feast. In
the Sacrament of Matrimony, the married couple become, in their unity and in
their love for one another, “an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (Catechism
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getting married at the Cathedral.
Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick—formerly known as ‘last rites’—is no
longer considered a sacrament only for those at the point of death. Instead,
this healing sacrament is for all those who are facing major surgery, chronic
illness, or the weakness that comes with age. A communal celebration of the
sacrament is celebrated annually, or call the parish office to schedule an
appointment. Whenever possible, the sacrament should not be delayed
until the person is in imminent danger of death.
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