Parents and Parents-to-be who wish to have their child baptized are requested to attend a Baptismal Preparation class. These are held bimonthly at the church. The specific dates are published in the parish bulletin or found on the church calendar. The class presents the theology of Baptism, the roles and responsibilities of the parents and godparents, the symbols used in Baptism, and the Rite of Baptism itself. After attending this class, arrangements may be made with the Pastor for the date and time of Baptism.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults meet weekly under the direction of Rosemarie Gulla. The RCIA is a process of conversion and growth into a community culminated within the Sacraments of Baptism/Profession of Faith, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
Children prepare for First Holy Communion in the second grade at Saint Bernard's in the regular Religious Education Program. Older children will have special classes arranged with the Director of Religious Education. First Holy Communion celebrations are usually held on the first Sunday in May at the 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Masses.
Children prepare for First Reconciliation during their 2nd grade at Saint Bernard's in their regular Religious Education classes. 3rd graders will participate in the 2nd grade classes. 4th grade students and older will have special classes arranged with the Director of Religious Education.
Confirmation will be offered to people who are Juniors in High School or older and have been attending Religious Education classes in the past. For people who do not attend High School, the minimum age will be sixteen years old. Preparation will include: Classes from September through May on Sunday evenings; service projects that reflect the values and gifts of the student that benefit others; 2 retreats; interviews with the Director of Religious Education and the Bishop; dialogue with adult leaders, sponsors, parents, and catechists; prayer experiences together and privately. Candidates are to discern through prayer and reflection, through discussion with parents and sponsors, and through class attendance if they sincerely desire the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is a Sacrament of Commitment, saying yes to our Baptism, our Church, and all God might want us to be. This call and response cannot be accepted by anyone except the candidate. We respect this decision.
An adult member of the parish seeking Confirmation is to contact the Director of Religious Education for more information.