The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.

To see how to make the sacraments at St. John's, please click on "Sacraments" along the top of this page.