SACRAMENTS

Sacrament of Baptism

John the Baptist preached a baptism of repentance “preparing the way for the Lord”.  Jesus Himself entered the waters and changed baptism forever.  Now, Disciples and Followers of Christ, we enter the waters of baptism in the same way as Jesus did and begin our Christian journey.  We are welcomed into the Christian life.  Infants, children, teenagers and adults begin this journey at different times and in different ways.  At St. Bernadette’s, we offer you deep and meaningful encounters when the Lord Himself calls you.

 

 

Sacrament of Confirmation

For young people, usually the last of the three Sacraments of Initiation; Confirmation brings a young man or woman into the full and complete Life of Christ and as the Gifts of Holy Spirit are activated in their hearts and souls, they are prepared to give themselves fully and completely as committed Catholic Christians. 

 

Sacrament of the Eucharist/Holy Communion

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith.  This means that everything we do at Mass brings us as close to God as we can be.  In the Liturgy of the Word, we encounter God through His Word to us, seeing in the Old Testament and New Testament readings all things directing us to God’s complete gift of His Son Jesus.  God came to us, spoke to us, stayed with us and left Himself as a forever gift in the Eucharist, a re-presentation or forever celebration of His Last Supper with His Apostles, which through them and generations of Apostles & Disciples (to us) happens when the Priest celebrates Holy Mass.

Sacrament of Marriage

Marriage is a beautiful and unique Sacrament, where the priest or deacon stands as a witness or officiant and the husband and wife are the proper Ministers of this Sacrament. As two people commit themselves to a lifetime together, in a most Sacred Bond, they become part of a faith community within a faith community.  The Pastoral Team at St. Bernadette Parish assist men and women seeking the Sacrament of Marriage with faith formation for a God-Centered life together.

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

We need to be free to be the best Disciples of Christ that we can be.  Our Lord tells us in Matthew 5:48 “..be perfect as Your Heavenly Father is perfect..” but at the same time, recognizing our imperfections that can sometimes get in the way, offers us a beautiful encounter with Him through His priests in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  At St. Bernadette’s, we offer regular times for confession on First Fridays from 9:00am to 9:45am, from 6:45 to 7:30pm and Saturdays from 4:00pm to 4:45pm.  We also offer you the opportunity to see a priest when its mutually convenient for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

 

Anointing of the Sick

​In Sacred Scripture, in the Letter of St. James, we Disciple offers Lord’s desire: “If there are any who are sick among you, send for the priests and …”  It’s an important part of the Christian’s faith journey to trust the Lord especially in the most challenging moments of our life.  When we are seriously ill or struggling with ailments and sickness, this is when we recognize our faith and need is tested most.  The Lord desires to be close to us always, but especially when we aren’t well.  The Anointing of the Sick isn’t a sacrament we only receive when we are “on our deathbed” as all sacraments are for the living, but a sacrament we receive to strengthen us spiritually when we are challenged in our health.

 

The Sacraments are each one of them tangible signs of God’s love; encounters with the Risen Lord Jesus Christ.  Each one of them, in their own unique and special way call us more deeply into the Life of Jesus Christ, which is what all Christians desire.  As a community of believers and committed Disciples of Jesus Christ at St. Bernadette Parish Church - our first and greatest commitment is to provide the sacraments and to invite everyone into that deeper relationship with Our Lord Jesus.