The Seven Sacraments


These sacraments help members serve the community, the mystical body of Christ, the Church.

The Sacrament of Marriage

Marriage, a lifelong union between a man and a woman for procreation and mutual support, is a natural institution. As a sacrament, it reflects the union of Jesus Christ and His Church. It is also known as the Sacrament of Matrimony.

In Matrimony a baptized man and woman are united with each other as a sign of the unity between Jesus and his Church. Matrimony requires the consent of the couple, as expressed in the marriage promises. It is the only Sacrament of the Catholic Church where the celebrant ministers are the Bridegroom and Bride before God Himself, reason why the bond cannot be dissolved.  The Priest, the best man, the bride of honor and the rest of the community witness the exchange of vows under this sacred covenant.  The couple and their wedding rings are the signs of this sacrament.  

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Weddings in the Blessed Sacrament and St. Anthony Daniel Communities

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Is the continuation of Christ’s priesthood, which Jesus himself bestowed upon His Apostles. In Holy Orders men are ordained as deacons, priests or bishops according to the level of the sacrament of ordination.  

Deaconate could be a permanent status for single or married men or could be a transitional state for those in the path to priestly ordination.   Priests serve as spiritual leaders of their communities, and deacons serve to remind us of our baptismal call to help others. While Bishops carry on the teachings of the apostles, they continue to be Priests.   The signs of this sacrament are the laying on of hands and anointing with oil by the bishop.

Vocations to Priesthood & Consecrated Life

The Diocese of Hamilton is dedicated to fostering and encouraging vocations in young men and women of the Catholic faith. 

May the Lord help you to know your vocation and to respond with an open and generous heart.Priesthood & Consecrated Life – Diocese of Hamilton (

Whether you are discerning a call to the priesthood or consecrated life or supporting a friend or family member pursuing a vocation, the Vocations Office is here to provide spiritual guidance and ongoing support.