Throughout the history of the Catholic Church a sacrament has been defined as: “a visible sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace.”
Within these words we hear three important and distinct statements:
- A visible sign : An action performed by a priest or deacon as in Baptism when the water is poured over the child’s or adult’s head.
- Instituted by Christ : Jesus instructed His followers through the church to offer the seven sacraments to His followers. The sacraments have been passed down through the centuries to all the followers of Jesus.
- To give grace : Grace is a free gift from God once we have given our lives to Him and receive Him in the sacraments our lives are filled with a special grace from God.
It is the responsibility of all Catholics to pray for vocations to the Diocesan Priesthood and Religious Life. Not all Catholics are called by God to these walks in life but Catholics are capable of praying for others to answer the calls they have received.
Are you interested in being a priest, or a deacon? To talk with one of our parish priests, call the parish office at (609) 522-2709
You can also call the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Camden at (856) 583-2864