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   Sacraments of the Catholic Church

  
In the sacraments, we meet Christ and receive sanctifying Grace.

  
Baptism is a sacrament of initiation.  It is the first sacrament and must be received before any other sacraments can be received.  Click here for information on receiving the sacrament of Baptism. 

  
Penance restores the gift of God's grace after it has been lost through sin.  Penance reconciles us with Christ.  First Penance is generally received by second graders and the children prepare for the sacrament in religious education classes (catholic school or PREP program).  If you are an adult or have an older child needing to prepare for First Penance, please contact the Rectory office at 610-586-1225 or at office@stgabrielnorwood.org.

   Holy Eucharist, established by Christ at the Last Supper, is the presence of Christ.  Only faithful Catholics may receive the Holy Eucharist.  First Eucharist is generally received by second graders and the children prepare for the sacrament in religious education classes (catholic school or PREP program).  If you are an adult or have an older child needing to prepare for First Eucharist, please contact the Rectory office at 610-586-1225 or at office@stgabrielnorwood.org.

   Confirmation is receiving the Holy Spirit, just as the Apostles received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.  Confirmation is generally received by 6th graders.  The children prepare for the sacrament in religious education classes (catholic school or PREP program).  If you are an adult or have an older child needing to prepare for Confirmation, please the Rectory office at 610-586-1225 or at office@stgabrielnorwood.org.

   In sacrament of Matrimony, husbands and wives give themselves totally and selflessly to each other for life.  They are to love one another as Christ loves His church.  Click here for more information on receiving the sacrament of matrimony at St. Gabriel Parish.

  
Holy Orders is a sacrament of service in the Church.  Recipients of Holy Orders dedicate themselves to the salvation of others.  If you want more information about Holy Orders, please contact our Pastor, Fr. Orth.

  
Anointing of the Sick is the Lord's compassion for the sick.  The sacrament confers grace, strengthens the sick person with courage and peace to endure the sufferings caused by disease or old age and forgives all sins for which the sick person has true sorrow but is unable to confess.  The sacrament also prepares the sick person for eternal life.
   Those who are in danger of death from sickness or old age should receive this sacrament.  Also anyone scheduled for surgery.  You may receive the Anointing of the Sick again if you recover and become sick again, or if your illness worsens.
   Please contact the Parish House if you or a friend or relative needs to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  610-586-1225 or office@stgabrielnorwood.org.