The Catholic Church is a sacramental Church. A sacrament is a symbol of a sacred reality, a visible form of invisible grace. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines sacraments as “efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.” (CCC, 1131). The sacraments form the basis of liturgical life in the Catholic Church, and are at the heart and core of our worshipping community here at St. John XXIII Parish.