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Praise and CelebrateReceiving the Eucharist:• Increases our union with the Lord• Forgives our venial sins• Helps preserve us from grave sins• Reinforces the bonds of love amongmembers of the ChurchThe Church encourages all Catholics to receive the Eucharist at Mass. All are obliged to receive the Eucharist once a year, during the Easter season.4. Sacraments of HealingThe Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick continue Jesus’ work of healing and salvation through the power of the Holy Spirit.Penance, or ReconciliationIn the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Penance or Confession, the Lord has promised a way for sinners to be reconciled to God and to the church community.The four actions of this sacrament are:• Repentance, including sorrow for sins and the  rm intention to sin no more• Confession of sins to the priest• Intention to do works of reparation• Absolution by the priest, acting in the name and person of ChristChristians prepare for the sacrament with an examination of conscience, during which they recall their sins since their last confession. They must tell all their mortal sins to the priest. Mortal sins are those that are gravely wrong and that the sinner commits deliberately. Less serious sins,called venial, need not be told, although the Church does recommend that the sinner confess them to a priest.After the penitent has confessed, the priest proposes an act of satisfaction to help make up for the sins. This act is called a penance.The e ects of this sacrament include:• Reconciliation with God, by which the penitent recovers grace• Reconciliation with the Church• Remission of eternal punishment• Peace and serenity of conscience• Spiritual consolation• Increase of spiritual strengthPhoto credit: M.Migliorato/CPP/CIRICAnointing of the SickThis sacrament provides a special grace for those experiencing the di culties caused by grave illness or very old age. It can be received whenever a person begins to be in danger of death. It can be received again when a person develops a new illness or an existing illness worsens.Priests and bishops may administer this sacrament. They use blessed oil to anoint the forehead and hands while saying a prayer asking for the special grace of the sacrament.24

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