Sacraments

Many of the special events in our lives are called Sacraments in the Church.
​To make these events go as smoothly as possible, please see the information below and contact the person listed.

Baptism
Baptism is the first of the initiation sacraments.  Baptism gives the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Church encourages us to celebrate Baptism soon after birth. Baptism is celebrated during or after one of our weekend masses.

If you would like to look into scheduling a Baptism, please contact Deacon Larry Mastalish at 920-468-4922.

 

First Holy Communion
At St. Bernard Parish, the Sacrament of 1st Communion is normally prepared for as a part of religious education in second grade.

If you have questions about your child receiving his or her 1st Holy Communion, please contact Adam Horn at 920-468-4811 ext. 112.

If you are an adult and wish to receive your 1st Holy Communion, you are encouraged to consider joining the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Contact Fr. Mark at 920-468-4811.

Confessions
Confessions are heard every Saturday at 2:30pm, Sunday at 5:30pm and Tuesday at 5:30pm. The Confessional is located in the main church under the clock (to the left looking at the Altar).

At St. Bernard Parish, preparation for this Sacrament is in the second grade. When your child enters the second grade, either in the day school or religious education program, you will receive information regarding first Confession in the fall.

If you are an adult and wish to make your first Confession, you are encouraged to consider joining the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Contact Fr. Mark at 920-468-4811.

Confirmation
Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation and the final step towards full spiritual participation within the Catholic Church. Confirmation is the completion of Holy Baptism, where the gifts of the Holy Spirit are sealed and strengthened so that the Confirmand can continue on in life as a soldier for Christ, worthy of Heaven.

There are 2 components of Confirmation preparation that the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay asks every high school junior to complete:
1. If you are in public school, you must complete at least 30 hours of Wednesday night religious education classes. NDA students do not need to complete this because they receive it at school.

2. All high school juniors, both NDA and public school, are asked to complete 12-15 hours of immediate Confirmation preparation PLUS a 6-hour retreat, separate from Wednesday night Religious Education. At St. Bernard Parish, this preparation is a 6-week course on Sunday evenings starting in the Spring of the student’s junior year with expected anticipation of receiving the Sacrament in the fall of their senior year. For more information, please click here.

If you are interested in preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation as a high school junior, please contact Adam Horn at 920-468-4811 for more information.

If you are an adult looking to be confirmed, you are encouraged to consider joining the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Contact Fr. Mark at 920-468-4811.

Holy Matrimony
Please contact the parish office 6-12 months in advance to book your wedding. St. Bernard Parish, as well as the Green Bay Catholic Diocese, requires engaged couples to complete a thorough marriage preparation program. All wedding dates must be approved by Fr. Mark Vander Steeg before the date will be finalized.

Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Holy Anointing is not just for those who are dying, but it is available for anyone who is seriously ill at anytime.

If you would like to be anointed please call the parish office at 920-468-4811 and ask that Fr. Mark or another priest anoint you.