SACRAMENTS    

The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.

The first sacrament, for all Christians, is Baptism whereby we become a member of the Church and receive the Holy Spirit to help us live as a true disciple of Christ. The other six sacraments (Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick) are further moments of grace that deepen our Baptismal commitment.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

In response to new government restrictions for the sake of public health and safety, it may no longer be possible to administer the sacrament of Reconciliation upon request except to those in danger

SACRAMENTS TO THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND

"It may no longer be possible to administer the Sacraments upon request except to those in danger. Visits by the clergy to such people, especially when in care homes and hospitals, will need to follow the advice of those on infection control" (Bishop Philip)

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

"It may no longer be possible to administer the Sacraments upon request except to those in danger. Visits by the clergy to such people, especially when in care homes and hospitals, will need to follow the advice of those on infection control" (Bishop Philip)

HOLY COMMUNION

"It may no longer be possible to administer the Sacraments upon request except to those in danger. Visits by the clergy to such people, especially when in care homes and hospitals, will need to follow the advice of those on infection control" (Bishop Philip)

BAPTISM

"Baptisms are to be deferred until a time when the government signals that people can gather again safely. In danger of death, baptisms may be celebrated privately with the necessary hygiene precautions and with strictly limited attendance. " (Bishop Philip)

MATRIMONY

"Weddings are to be deferred until a time when the government signals that people can gather again safely"

(Bishop Philip)

FUNERALS

"Funeral services may take place only at the graveside or at a crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery and crematorium authorities. Priests are encouraged to offer a private Mass for the deceased. Again, a Mass in memoriam might be offered later, when people can once again gather in numbers safely." (Bishop Philip)

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