“We profess that the sacraments of the new law were all instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus’ words and actions during his hidden life and public ministry were already salvific, for they anticipated the power of his Paschal mystery. Sacraments are powers that come forth from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are the masterworks of God in the new and everlasting covenant.”

~ Catechism of the Catholic Church #1114-1116