The Sacrament of Eucharist is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word eucharista, which means "thankfulness." Eucharist is the sacrament in which the true Body and Blood of Christ, who is truly and substantially present under the appearance of bread and wine is received in holy Communion.
"Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me." - Luke 22:19
This Lent we will be offering the opportunity to spend time in Eucharistic Adoration. Adoration will be offered the Thursdays of Lent starting on February 27 and ending April 2, from Noon (Exposition of the Blessed Sacraments) until 6:25 p.m. (Benediction). At 6:30 p.m. our regular offering of Stations of the Cross will begin. What is Eucharistic Adoration? Eucharistic Adoration is when we spend time in prayer with Jesus in the form of the Blessed Sacrament on display in a special vessel called a Monstrance. You can stop and pray for a short time or a longer amount of time. There is no wrong way or right way. Informational pamphlets will be available to answer any questions you may have about what to expect and what to do when spending time in adoration. A sign up binder will be in the back of church for those who would like to make a commitment to a specific 1/2 hour (or more) time slot. We ask for one person or group to commit to a time slot however, more Adorers are always welcome to show up or come at any time. Sign up as an individual, family, or group. Step out in faith this Lent and respond to God’s calling by making a commitment to spend time in personal conversation and prayer with Jesus. Jesus is waiting for you…
Preparing children for the Celebration of First Eucharist
These “first" Sacraments are milestones in your child’s ongoing Catholic formation. The Celebration of the Sacrament of first Holy Eucharist at St. Bernard is a parish event held for all our Catholic parish children in the 2nd grade* in the spring beginning in the school year 2020-2021. Children in grade 3 this school year and the school year of 2020-2021 will prepare in the fall (Please see below). Children must be enrolled in the parish school or our Family Faith Formation program. For a complete timeline of Sacramental Preparation changes as they will occur for grades 2 and 3 please see this letter
Children who are baptized Catholic and enrolled in St. Bernard School prepare for First Eucharist as part of the religious curriculum in their classroom. Children enrolled in our the Family Faith Formation program prepare by attending additional classroom sessions in addition to their regular Family Formation Sessions.
There is a parent-only meeting in early September to begin our journey. We will review all upcoming dates and review the very important role that parents play in the preparation of their child for the Sacrament.
Older children who have not received the Sacrament of First Eucharist will be ministered to on an individual basis. Please contact Cyndi in the parish office if your child is older than third grade and has not received this Sacrament so that necessary arrangements can be made.
Parent information and forms for the celebration of First Eucharist for GRADE 3 STUDENTS the school year 2019-2020 can be found below. Parents will also need to download forms and register for First Reconciliation
*Preparation and celebration of the Sacraments will be done in the fall for grade 3 for school years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Beginning with the school year 2020-2021 the preparation and celebration will occur in the spring of the child's 2nd-grade year.
Arranging Communion for the Home Bound
Please contact Denise in the parish office to arrange for a volunteer to bring communion to those who are homebound or in nursing homes.