First and foremost, all sacraments are an encounter with Christ, who is Himself the original sacrament. Reflecting natural life and Christian life, the sacraments can be ordered as follows:
Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist (Communion).
Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation (Confession, Penance), Anointing of the Sick.
Sacraments at the Service of Communion: Matrimony, Holy Orders.
Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and his Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist.