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Preparation for a Child’s Baptism
Baptism is a special occasion in the life of the child’s family, and in the life of the Church family. Through Baptism we die to sin and rise with Christ to a new life as sons and daughters of God. During the celebration parents present their child to the Church, give the child a name, testify to the Faith they will share, and promise to be a good example to the child. The role of godparents is to insure that their godchild is given a Christian upbringing if the parents are no longer able to fulfill that responsibility. Baptism is the first step of a three-step process: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. It is by sharing in the Eucharist that we become full members of Christ’s body, the Church.
Arrangements for your child’s Baptism can be made by visiting our Contact page.or by calling St. Bernard’s Parish Office at 681-3571. We ask that you call a few weeks in advance to allow for preparation time.
Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.
God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other. "It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him. . . . The two of them become one body" (Gn 2:18; 24). Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond.
Jesus brought to full awareness the divine plan for marriage. In John’s Gospel, Christ’s first miracle occurs at the wedding in Cana. “The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (CCC, no. 1613). Learn more at the USCCB Website. Those wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage are asked to contact the Pastor at least six months prior to the intended date of the celebration. Visit our Contact page.
FIRST EUCHARIST (Holy Communion)
Candidates for First Eucharist should be at the level of Second Grade or older. The Parish will provide the necessary instructions and materials through parent sessions, so as to aid the parents in helping to prepare their son/daughter for the sacrament. Parent and Candidate sessions are usually scheduled in February and April, with the actual celebration of the sacrament in May. Candidates and Parents are also to attend the First Eucharist Retreat that is scheduled two days before the celebration of the sacrament. Visit our Contact page.
FIRST RECONCILIATION (Confession)
Candidates for First Reconciliation should be at the level of Second Grade or older. The Parish will provide the necessary instructions and materials through parent sessions, so as to aid the parents in helping to prepare their son/daughter for the sacrament. Parent and Candidate sessions are usually scheduled in September & November, with the actual celebration of the sacrament in December. Visit our Contact page.
We recognize that the Sacraments have a visible and invisible reality, a reality open to all the human senses but grasped in its God-given depths with the eyes of faith. When parents hug their children, for example, the visible reality we see is the hug. The invisible reality the hug conveys is love. We cannot "see" the love the hug expresses, though sometimes we can see its nurturing effect in the child.
The visible reality we see in the Sacraments is their outward expression, the form they take, and the way in which they are administered and received. The invisible reality we cannot "see" is God's grace, his gracious initiative in redeeming us through the death and Resurrection of his Son. His initiative is called grace because it is the free and loving gift by which he offers people a share in his life, and shows us his favor and will for our salvation. Our response to the grace of God's initiative is itself a grace or gift from God by which we can imitate Christ in our daily lives. The saving words and deeds of
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Anointing of the Sick is the sacrament that is received by those who are ill or suffering. By the sacred anointing and the prayer of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are sick to Christ. The sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gifts of strength, faith, peace, and courage, and his or her suffering is united with the suffering of Christ for the building up of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], nos.
1520-23). If you or a loved one is in need of Anointing, visit our Contact page to contact a Priest.
Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders -- as a deacon, priest or bishop -- are consecrated in Christ's name "to feed the Church by the word and grace of God."
"The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God's call."
—Pope Benedict XVI
or Contact a Priest by visiting out Contact page.
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Jesus Christ are the foundation of what he would communicate in the Sacraments through the ministers of the Church. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Marriage and Holy Orders). Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier.
Confirmation is a celebration of an individual’s coming to a conscious awareness of the Holy Spirit in their lives and choosing to make a commitment to work with that Spirit as Roman Catholics. It is also a celebration in the life of the community of a new outflow of the Holy Spirit, welcoming of that Spirit and being open to how the Spirit may change the community.
Those wishing to celebrate the Confirmation are asked to contact the Pastor or Youth Religious Education. Visit our Contact page.