The Catholic Church celebrates seven special moments of grace when God touches our lives in a unique and special way in the sacraments. These special moments are groups in three, the sacraments of initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; sacraments of healing, Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation; and sacraments in the service of communion, Matrimony and Holy Orders.
A sacrament is an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which life is dispensed to us by the work of the Holy Spirit.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1131 and #774)
Jesus is the sacrament of God – the Good News that God is faithful, loving, merciful, compassionate and forgiving. Through the sacraments God continues to touch our lives with his grace. The heart of the Good News is that God loved the world so much that he became one of us so that we might share in his divinity. As Saint Augustine put it; “A sacrament is a visible sign of a divine invisible reality.”