The sacramental moments in life are bound together through our weekly Sunday celebrations where we gather as a neighborhood community of friends, but also as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church praising and thanking our God with one voice.
- As humans we crave rituals.
We sing happy birthday, shoot fireworks on the Fourth of July, convene at Art Hill after a big snow, dress up on Halloween, eat turkey on Thanksgiving. These rituals help us call to mind and celebrate realities that are bigger than words and concepts. Our Sacraments are ancient rituals which invite us to mark time—past, present, and future.
- As humans we seek relationships.
Our Sacraments invite us to nurture our relationships,with God and each other. Sacraments connect the rich and meaningful traditions of the universal Church to all Catholic Christians around the world.
- As humans we are part of the Great Mystery.
We recognize the presence of God in our sacramental moments and embrace the potential to become changed and renewed beings. God is everywhere, if only we have eyes to see and ears to hear. When we recognize the presence of God, we can be transformed.
- At St. Margaret of Scotland, we place a premium on the Sacramental life of the Church.
And we like to party, liturgically and otherwise. We parade through the Shaw Neighborhood on Palm Sunday; we feast, dance and play music at our yearly Highlander; we pray and meditate during the Feast Day of St. Margaret; we enjoy our children’s singing on Christmas Eve; and we joyfully gather to welcome the newly baptized through exquisite celebrations of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday).
The Sacrament of Baptism, the first of the Catholic Church’s Sacraments of Initiation, is a sacred ritual where a person becomes a new creature, dying and rising with Jesus, through water and the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation, whereby an individual accepts their Christian identity, invests in their own faith development, and becomes a fully-initiated member of the Catholic Church.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Penance, Confession, or the Sacrament of Forgiveness) is the grace-filled event at which we recognize our sinfulness, receive absolution, and celebrate the freedom of being right with God once again.
The Sacrament of Matrimony (Marriage) is a covenant that mirrors the mutual commitment between God and his people.
Some of us are called to deepen and redefine how we live, serve and love as Christ did, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The deepest desire of bishops, deacons, and priests is to love God and be of service to God’s People.