Welcome to St Benedict of Waterford - Sacraments

Mar 25, 2019

About St Benedict of Waterford

St Benedict of Waterford is a vibrant community of faith located at First Baptist Church of Okemos. As a pillar of the community and a place of spiritual solace, we hold a deep commitment to embracing the sacraments as a fundamental aspect of our collective beliefs.

Understanding Sacraments

The sacraments hold great significance in the life of a believer. They are divinely instituted rites that serve as visible signs of God's grace and blessing. Through these sacred ceremonies, we experience a tangible connection to the divine and are reminded of the extraordinary love and mercy that God bestows upon us.


Baptism, the initiation into the Christian faith, marks the beginning of one's journey toward salvation. At St Benedict of Waterford, we celebrate the sacrament of baptism as a sacred and joyous occasion. Through the pouring or immersion of water, the individual is cleansed of original sin and brought into the family of Christ.


Confirmation is the sacrament that strengthens and deepens our baptismal commitment. It is an opportunity for individuals to publicly affirm their faith in Christ and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Through the laying on of hands and anointing with chrism oil, participants are empowered to witness, serve, and share their faith with others.


The Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion or the Lord's Supper, holds a central place in our worship at St Benedict of Waterford. It is during this sacrament that we commemorate the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ, who offers Himself to us as spiritual nourishment. Through the consumption of bread and wine, we partake in His body and blood, experiencing a profound union with our Savior.


Reconciliation, also called Confession or Penance, offers the opportunity for individuals to seek forgiveness and reconcile with God and the community. Through heartfelt confession of sins and the absolution granted by a priest, we receive God's mercy and experience true spiritual healing.

Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick brings comfort, strength, and spiritual healing to those who are suffering from illness or facing a serious health challenge. Through the anointing with holy oil and the prayers of the faith community, we entrust ourselves to God's loving care, seeking physical and spiritual restoration.


Marriage is a sacramental union between a man and a woman, a sacred covenant blessed by God. At St Benedict of Waterford, we celebrate the profound love and commitment shared by couples as they embark on this lifelong journey together. Through the exchange of vows, rings, and the blessings of the community, the matrimonial bond is strengthened and upheld.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which individuals are ordained as deacons, priests, or bishops to serve the Church and its people. This sacrament fulfills a special calling from God and equips individuals with the grace and authority to lead the faithful, celebrate the sacraments, and proclaim the Gospel.

Celebrating Life's Sacred Moments

At St Benedict of Waterford, we cherish the sacraments as transformative encounters with God's grace. Whether it is baptizing a newborn baby, witnessing couples exchange vows, or comforting the sick through anointing, the sacraments guide us along the journey of faith and bind us together as a community.

Join us at St Benedict of Waterford

If you seek a welcoming and nurturing spiritual community in the Okemos area, we invite you to join us at St Benedict of Waterford. Experience the profound beauty of the sacraments and the warmth of our fellowship as we strive to grow together in our faith and serve others with love and compassion.

Contact us today to learn more about our sacramental practices or to inquire about joining our community. We look forward to walking alongside you on your spiritual journey!

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