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Seven Sacraments

The Seven Sacraments

How to Prepare & Receive Them

Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation:

This Sacrament is listed here first for the manifest reason that no one guilty of a grave/serious sin may approach the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar for Holy Communion – that would be a Sacrilage. God’s Mercy IS a depthless ocean; however, it requires us to trust Him in His Holy Scripture & Tradition and to visit Him in Confession before we approach the Altar of the Lord. Click Here for some guidence on this teaching.

Whether you have been away from the Confessional for a very long time or you come each month, on First Saturdays, Our Blessed Lord invites you to have contrition (be sorry) for your sins — no matter how bad you think they are — and to meet the priest, who stands in the Person of Christ (Really: John 20:21-23 and more!), in the Confessional Saturdays at 4:30PM or – if you are in serious need of God’s Mercy and Forgiveness, please call the parish and make an appointment!

Remember, it is Jesus, Himself, who begs you to come and is waiting for you in the Sacrament of Penance & Reconcilliation.

The Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar:

This Ultimate Sacrament IS the Source and Summit of the Christian Faith! It is the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Christ Himself. Through the Unbloody re-presentation of Calvary on the Altar, we are invited to receive the Glorified Christ, the same Christ who walked through the walls of the Upper Room to visit the Apostles is under the appearance of bread and wine at Communion time.

Guielines For The Reception Of The Most Blessed Sacrament in Holy Communion.

FOR CATHOLICS
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

FOR OUR FELLOW CHRISTIANS
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters — observers and fellow prayerful pilgrims. They who are not in full-communion with the Catholic Church may not be admitted to Holy Communion (See your priest if you have questions regarding your Rite or Religion.)

FOR THOSE NOT RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.

FOR NON-CHRISTIANS
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.

COMMUNION FOR SHUT-INS
Our Pastor, the priest, our Deacons and even our EXTRA-ORDINARY Ministers of Holy Communion are all eager to bring The Most Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Viaticum to shut-in members of the parish. Please call the rectory at 402-551-0269 to request the Sacrament.

When the priest is able to come, you could expect: Confession, the Gospel reading of the day, Holy Communion and other prayers and his priestly-blessing.

When a deacon is able to come, you could expect: The Gospel reading of the day, Holy Communion and other prayers and a blessing.

When a lay Extra-Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion is able to come, you could expect: Holy Communion and prayers. Lay persons are not able to bestow blessings as they lack the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Nevertheless, the Communion and prayers are valid.

Baptism:

Infant Baptism:
If you are having a baby and yourself and/or your family have a desire to be a part of the life of the Church and that your child to become an adopted son or daughter of God, cleansed from Original Sin, our Baptism class is held the first Monday of the month at 7:30PM in the Clairvaux Center. Parents are required to attend class before their child can be baptized unless they have recently attended a baptism class. Baptism dates are arranged at each class. Please call the rectory at 551-0269 for more information or to register.

Right of Christian Initian for those between the ages of Seven and Sixteen:
The Church requires reasonable education and a desire for the Sacrament. This is the responsibility of the Pastor and is generally accomplished by having the young person complete one year of religious formation program through the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.

Religious Formation Program:
St. Bernard Parish offers a religious formation program for Catholic children who attend public schools in 1stthrough 8th grades. Classes are held in the summer. See flyer for more information. For registration or questions, call 402-551-0269.

Right of Christian Initian for Adults:
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process by which we welcome new members into the Catholic Church through Baptism and/or Confirmation. The foray into this new life begins in late summer and continues through Easter & Pentecost. A critically important part of the RCIA program is the sponsor — a practical Catholic in Union with the Holy See — who is willing to share and defend the Catholic Faith with the “Catholic-to-be….” If you are interested in learning more about the Fullness of the Faith or about being a sponsor, contact the rectory, 551-0269, for more information.

Confirmation:

Right of Christian Initian for those between the ages of Seven and Sixteen:
The Church requires reasonable education and a desire for the Sacrament. This is the responsibility of the Pastor and is generally accomplished by having the young person complete one year of religious education through the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.

Religious Formation Program:
St. Bernard Parish offers a religious formation program for Catholic children who attend public schools in 1stthrough 8th grades. Classes are held in the summer. See flyer for more information. For registration or questions, call 402-551-0269.

Right of Christian Initian for Adults:
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process by which we welcome new members into the Catholic Church through Baptism and/or Confirmation. The foray into this new life begins in late summer and continues through Easter & Pentecost. A critically important part of the RCIA program is the sponsor — a practical Catholic in Union with the Holy See — who is willing to share and defend the Catholic Faith with the “Catholic-to-be….” If you are interested in learning more about the Fullness of the Faith or about being a sponsor, contact the rectory, 551-0269, for more information.

Matrimony:

Couples planning to exchange the lifelong and indissoluble Sacrament of Matrimony should contact the pastor to discuss the planned nuptials and to seek deep spiritual guidance. This must take place at least six months in advance of their planned wedding date. However, because of problems involved in coordinating open dates for churches and reception halls, it is wise to do this much further in advance.

Annointing of the Sick:

If a member of your family from the parish is in the hospital, please contact us at the rectory as hospitals can no longer call parishes with patients’ names. If that person needs to be anointed, contact the hospital chaplain, or call for one of the parish priests.

After the Annointing, if there is a loss:
The funeral arrangements can be made by contacting the mortuary of your choice. The mortuary will in turn contact the parish priest and confirm any arrangements that the family may have made. The parish will be happy to provide its assistance for the funeral. The Friends of St. Bernard Choir help to provide music for all funerals.

Holy Orders:

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.

The word order in Roman antiquity designated an established civil body, especially a governing body. Ordinatio means incorporation into an ordo. In the Church there are established bodies which Tradition, not without a basis in Sacred Scripture,4 has since ancient times called taxeis (Greek) or ordines. And so the liturgy speaks of the ordo episcoporum, the ordo presbyterorum, the ordo diaconorum. Other groups also receive this name of ordo: catechumens, virgins, spouses, widows,. . . Integration into one of these bodies in the Church was accomplished by a rite called ordinatio, a religious and liturgical act which was a consecration, a blessing or a sacrament. Today the word “ordination” is reserved for the sacramental act which integrates a man into the order of bishops, presbyters, or deacons, and goes beyond a simple election, designation, delegation, or institution by the community, for it confers a gift of the Holy Spirit that permits the exercise of a sacred power” (sacra potestas)5 which can come only from Christ himself through his Church. Ordination is also called consecratio, for it is a setting apart and an investiture by Christ himself for his Church. The laying on of hands by the bishop, with the consecratory prayer, constitutes the visible sign of this ordination.