The word ‘sacrament’ comes from the Latin word “sacramentum” and means “a sign of the sacred.”
Sacraments are celebratory ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. Members of the Catholic Church call seven of their religious ceremonies ‘sacraments.’ They are: Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders. Sacraments touch on all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life. Receiving a sacrament is a special occasion for experiencing God’s saving presence.