Sacraments are a vital part of the Catholic expression of our Christian heritage.
Using material elements like water, food, drink, oil, that can be experienced by our senses, they help us understand, experience and commit to unseen realities in a way that words often cannot.
Catholics speak of Jesus as being the 'sacrament of God', meaning that Jesus, especially in his humanity, shows us what our Christian God is like - loving, forgiving, challenging, healing and inviting.
We speak of the Church as being the 'sacrament of Jesus Christ' to the world. This means that when we are at our best, members of the Catholic community act like Jesus - we love, forgive, challenge, heal, invite and help others to be the best people they can be.
To help us do and be like Jesus throughout our lives, the Catholic community celebrates seven special Sacraments.