The Seven Sacraments – Overview


This is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation, without which no other sacrament can be validly received. Our old self of sin dies and is buried with Christ in order that we may live a new risen life of grace as a member of His Church. Baptism washes away Original Sin and any past personal sins, it gives the character of an adopted child of God and member of Christ’s Mystical Body, and it plants the seeds of Eternal Life.

If you are an adult and not baptized and want to receive instruction and enter the Catholic Church as a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, please call to make an appointment with our Director of Catechesis and Evangelization, Will Wright. Parishioners who have a new child should fill out an infant Baptism request form one or two month before due date, if possible. 

Infant Baptisms for REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY (Exceptions reserved to Pastor)

Click HERE for more information on Infant Baptism and Baptism for children under the age of 7.


This sacrament is the second of the Sacraments of Initiation, where the fullness of the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit and the character of a Christian Soldier is given. Confirmation ought to be received in the state of grace, preceded by a good confession.

Confirmation is normally reserved to the Diocesan Bishop in all cases except for those adults who enter the Catholic Church by receiving the Sacrament of Baptism at their parish. However, all three Sacraments of Initiation may be administered at the same time for a non-Catholic entering the Church.

Classes for First Holy Communion are offered every year in conjunction with the annual preparation for Confirmation. The normative age for Confirmation and First Holy Communion is 3rd Grade.

REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY (Exceptions reserved to Pastor)


The third of the Sacraments of Initiation, the Holy Eucharist is the greatest of the sacraments since it gives not only Sanctifying Grace (as all the other sacraments do), but it gives the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, of Jesus Christ Himself. The Sacrament of Our Lord’s Body and Blood is given during Holy Mass and outside of Mass to sick and elderly parishioners who are unable to attend Holy Mass. To receive the Eucharist worthily, one must be a Catholic in good standing with the Church and not conscious of having committed any mortal sins since one’s last confession. Also, the current Law for the Eucharistic Fast obliges Roman Catholics to not take food or drink for at least 1 Hour before receiving Holy Communion (Water and Medicine do not break the Fast).

Classes for First Holy Communion are offered every year in conjunction with the annual preparation for Confirmation. The normative age for Confirmation and First Holy Communion is 3rd Grade.

[First Holy Communion is for REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY.]


This is the sacrament of mercy through which sins, especially mortal sins, are forgiven and penance is done, both to make up for those sins already forgiven and to help preserve the penitent from future falls. Remember the 5 Steps to make a good confession: 1) Find out your sins, 2) Be sorry for them, 3) Make up your mind not to sin again, 4) Confess your sins to the priest, and 5) Do the penance he gives you. 

Sorrow must be for a supernatural motive (filial fear of God’s punishments and/or filial love for God who has been offended). Some purpose of amendment must be included with true sorrow (firm resolve to not sin again and to remove any obstacles/occasions which can and ought to be removed). All Mortal Sins that one recalls since his last good confession must be confessed by both kind and number. Venial sins may also be confessed, though this is not required.

After kneeling or sitting in the confessional, begin with some customary formula such as, “Bless me father, for I have sinned. My last confession was [mention how long since last confession] and these are my sins…” If you need help, advice, or have a question, don’t be afraid to ask the priest. After listening to his advice/admonition, pray your act of contrition when he tells you to, and begin your penance after departing the confessional. Outside of the regular daily confession times, reasonable requests by parishioners for a confession appointment can be honored.

Preparation for First Reconciliation is done in 2nd Grade.


This sacrament is for those in danger of death from some internal illness, physical injury, or very old age, in order to prepare them with the graces they need for a holy death or to heal them of their infirmity if God so wills.

This sacrament, outside the case of an unforeseen emergency, ought to be given when the sick person consciously desires this sacrament and is able to make a good confession. If your loved one is in danger of death from illness, injury, or very old age, please do not wait to call when they are almost at the point of death. Call the main number to reach the anointing line (623-214-5180) early enough to help them receive it with the best possible dispositions.


This is the sacrament which makes a man participate in the ministerial Priesthood of Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest in order to Sanctify, Teach, and Govern the people redeemed by His Precious Blood. There are three grades of this sacrament: Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. The man in Holy Orders sanctifies the people through the offering of the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Prayers of the Divine Office, as well as administering the other sacraments. He teaches them through his preaching and his catechetical instruction. He governs them by carrying out his pastoral duties according to his rank and pastoral appointment given him by his superiors in the Church.


This is the sacrament of the family, the domestic church. The primary purpose of this holy union of man and wife is the procreation and education of children and the secondary is the mutual love and support of the spouses. This sacrament gives all the special graces needed for the spouses to be faithful to each other and it enables them to educate and form their children to know and live out their Catholic Faith as true disciples of Christ.

The Diocese of Phoenix has a 9-month period of preparation time for engaged couples in order to insure sufficient time for catechesis and review of all documentation on the freedom of each person to marry. Marriage Preparation classes are provided by both the Diocesan Office for Marriage and by Fr. Mike, our Director of Marriage in the parish. You must meet with Fr. Mike before beginning your marriage prep and before setting a final wedding date.

REGISTERED PARISHIONERS ONLY (Exceptions reserved to Pastor)

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