The seven Catholic Sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important
for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence.
We recognize that the Sacraments have a visible and invisible reality, a reality open to all the human senses but grasped in its God-given depths with the eyes of faith. When parents hug their children, for example, the visible reality we see is the hug. The invisible reality the hug conveys is love. We cannot "see" the love the hug expresses, though sometimes we can see its nurturing effect in the child.
The visible reality we see in the Sacraments is their outward expression, the form they take, and the way in which they are administered and received. The invisible reality we cannot "see" is God's grace, his gracious initiative in redeeming us through the death and Resurrection of his Son. His initiative is called grace because it is the free and loving gift by which he offers people a share in his life, and shows us his favor and will for our salvation.
Our response to the grace of God's initiative is itself a grace or gift from God by which we can imitate Christ in our daily lives.
The saving words and deeds of Jesus Christ are the foundation of what he would communicate in the Sacraments through the ministers of the Church. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord.
They are the Sacraments of Initiation (
), the Sacraments of Healing (
Anointing of the Sick
), and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (
). Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier. USCCB
The sacramental life of St Gregory the Great School is closely united to that of St. Gregory the Great Parish.
Our school provides preparation for the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist in the second grade in conjunction with the students being prepared in the CCD program. Students prepare for Reconciliation in the first semester and participate in a retreat in November before reception of First Penance in December. The second semester is devoted to preparation for First Eucharist. A retreat is held for candidates at the end of April before reception of First Eucharist in May.
Confirmation preparation is given to those students in 10th grade or older who are registered in the Life Teen program.
Students in all grades attend monthly school Masses and several class Masses throughout the year. Students in grades 2 through 8 receive the sacrament of Penance three times a year.