"The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments." (CCC 1113)
The seven sacraments are instituted by and through the life of Jesus Christ. The Sacraments nourish and strengthen us as they express and build up our faith. They point to what is sacred, significant and important for Catholics living their faith. 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.
Sacraments bring to us new life, mercy and reconciliation, and the power of a renewed spirit within us. Sacraments transform us by God’s grace, His presence in our lives. Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation) bring us into the life and family of God. Sacraments of healing (Penance and Anointing of the Sick) restore health to our souls. Sacraments of Vocation (Marriage and Holy Orders) are moments of anointing which set us apart for our vocation in life – on paths of holiness leading us to ways of transforming our families and communities into holy communities of justice and peace.