Sacraments

The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred.”  The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence.

Baptism

Infants

The Church welcomes infants to Baptism based on the faith of the parent(s), who promise to raise the child Catholic.

Baptisms are celebrated most weekends following Mass, and occasionally at weekend Mass or by appointment.

Ordinarily parents seeking Baptism of an infant will be registered parishioners of St. Bernard or St. Ignatius. They are asked to contact the parish office about three months before the birth of the child to schedule an interview with the priest and to register to participate in a baptism information session. It is a good idea to arrange both the interview and the information session during pregnancy.   When parents who live in another parish desire their child to be Baptized at St. Bernard or St. Ignatius, they must secure a letter of permission from their proper Pastor.  Baptism sponsors/godparents also must meet the requirements of the Catholic Church.  Please contact the parish office for more information.

Children and Adults

The Church welcomes school-age children, teens and adults for Baptism through R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). These special areas of initiation into the Catholic Church are explained in the Education section of this publication. Programs are available in both English and Spanish.

Reconciliation

Father is available for Reconciliation on Sunday from 9:00am to 9:30am at St. Bernard and prior to Mass Saturday from 5:00pm to 5:15pm at St. Ignatius or by appointment. Lenten and Advent Communal Penance Services will be noted in parish publications.

Eucharist

Opportunities to celebrate Eucharist are available daily and on weekends. Communion is available to the sick and shut-ins of the parish by contacting the parish office. Generally, preparation for First Communion takes place in Grade 2 Religious Education classes. Special classes are available for older children.

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for full initiation into the Catholic Church. Confirmation preparation is integrated into the High School youth ministry program through discovery, discipleship and service.

Catholic adults over the age of 18 who regularly practice their faith but have never been confirmed, are invited to prepare for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation through a special form of adult preparation, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults who have been baptized in another Christian tradition are invited to be confirmed in the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, following participation in weekly R.C.I.A. sessions.

Marriage

Engaged couples are asked to contact the parish office at least six months in advance. A Marriage Preparation Guide is available to answer many of the questions that come up during this very joyous time.  Contact the pastor and click here for more information.

Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the Priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.  If you are interested in pursuing a life in ministry, please contact the parish pastor.

Anointing of the Sick

Individuals may ask to receive the sacrament. Candidates to be anointed are anyone preparing for major surgery, those who have grown frail under the burden of years, and suffering from a serious illness.  Please call the parish office (785.472.3136) to make arrangements.