“Sacramental grace” is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1129
The Good News about the Sacraments Series
What is so important about the sacraments?
What difference can they make in your life?
How can they bring you closer to God?
This 7-part series will explore the Good News about the Sacraments and is good for general adult faith formation, RCIA, parents who are teaching the sacraments to their children, catechists, and others. These will be presented as “kerygmatic catechesis,” as the new Directory for Catechesis encourages us to begin doing more. For those who want to interact during the presentation, it will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Pueblo Facebook page as well. Each session will be held in person in the church at the Shrine of St. Therese parish in Pueblo and will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Pueblo Facebook page and Vimeo page. Feel free to join us in person if you are in or near Pueblo or to send others.
Schedule of Topics with Vimeo livestream links:
- Oct. 20, 2020 – Finding God in the Sacraments https://vimeo.com/event/323578
- Oct. 27, 2020 – Baptism https://vimeo.com/461166548
- Nov. 3, 2020 – Confirmation https://vimeo.com/461167366
- Nov. 10, 2020 – Eucharist https://vimeo.com/461168321
- Nov. 17, 2020 – Reconciliation https://vimeo.com/461168992
- Nov. 24, 2020 – Anointing of the Sick https://vimeo.com/461169405
- Dec. 1, 2020 – Matrimony and Holy Orders https://vimeo.com/486144994
Each session will be 6:00-7:00 PM.
Supplemental materials will be posted here.
Session 1: Finding God in the Sacraments
- Do you have a memory of someone coming to your level to make sure you understood something and that you got what you needed? Would you share about that?
- What does it mean to you that God wants to share His life with you?
- Have you ever had an experience of the sacraments where you felt like you were sharing in God’s life? What was that like? If you haven’t, what do you think it would be like?
Session 2: Baptism
Bible: Genesis, Chapter 1 (Chapters 2 and 3 can be accessed by clicking on “Next Chapter”)
- What evidence of the effects of sin do you see around you in the world today?
- Reread Romans 6:1-11. Describe the hope that this gives you.
- If you are Baptized, how can you more fully live out the grace of your Baptism? If you are not Baptized, how would you live out that grace?
Session 3: Confirmation
- Acts 8:14-17
- Genesis 1:2
- Genesis 8 (especially verses 6-12)
- Exodus 14 (especially verse 21)
- Exodus 40:34-38
- Luke 1:34-35
- Matthew 3:13-17
- Matthew 17:1-8
- Acts 2:1-12
- Have you ever experienced the guidance of the Holy Spirit?
- Have you ever known someone who really lived out the graces of their Confirmation? What did that look like?
- Are there any obstacles in your life to living out the grace of Confirmation? What are those and how can you begin to remove them?
Session 4: The Holy Eucharist
- How do you see Jesus as the source of your life as a Christian?
- How do you see Jesus as the summit of your life as a Christian?
- What do you think of the idea that Jesus makes Himself vulnerable to us by literally placing Himself in our hands?
Session 5: Reconciliation
- Have you ever felt like a prisoner or slave of sin?
- Why is Reconciliation called a “Sacrament of Healing”?
- Think of a time in your life when you were in sin. Now think of the fact that God was looking at you at that time, loving you, and longing for you to turn to Him for forgiveness. What are your thoughts or feelings about that?
Session 6: Anointing of the Sick
- Is it important to have God’s grace in one’s life in the face of illness and death?
- What kind of peace and comfort could that bring?
- What would it mean for a physical healing to be “conducive to the salvation of one’s soul”?
Session 7: Holy Orders and Matrimony
- Have you ever known a priest, deacon, or bishop in whose ministry you could really see Christ ministering to His people? What did that look like?
- How can we support our priests in their ministry?
- Tell a story of a time you saw a married person living the graces of their marriage for the good of their spouse or children.