Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.Catechism of the Catholic Church 1210
Preparation programs or processes for sacraments are designed to help people focus on the meaning of the sacrament and their readiness for celebration. In preparation, we look at who God is and who we are in relationship to the meaning of the sacrament. We look at the meaning of signs and symbols used in the sacrament to express our relationship with God. We provide an environment for people to discern – make a decision in the context of prayer – his or her readiness to celebrate a particular sacrament. We look at the role of the faith community in nurturing one’s relationship with God. Finally, we provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on their personal relationship with God and how they would like to continue the lifetime process of falling in love with God.