Church Altar

Sacraments

Baptism

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Sacrament of Baptism: Parents seeking to have their children baptized should be registered with our parish.


Applications for Baptism can be found below. Once your application is completed and submitted to the office you will be registered for the Baptismal class and then will be able to schedule your child’s Baptism.
 

St. John-St. Bernadette Baptismal Application (English)
 

St. John-St. Bernadette Baptismal Application (Spanish)

First Communion

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Holy Communion: It was above all on “the first day of the week,” Sunday, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, that the Christians met “to break bread”. From that time on down to our own day the celebration of the Eucharist has been continued so that today we encounter it everywhere in the Church with the same fundamental structure. It remains the center of the Church’s life.
 

If a member of your family is in the hospital or is ill and is homebound, please call the Parish Office to make arrangements to receive Holy Communion.

First Holy Communion is held during the second grade and the child must be registered for religious education classes at the parish. If the child is older than the second grade, please reach out to ccdstjohn@stjohnsmilford.com.

Confirmation

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Confirmation: It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

  • it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”

  • it unites us more firmly to Christ;

  • it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;

  • it renders our bond with the Church more perfect,

  • it gives us special strength of the Holy Spirit to speed and defends the faith by word and action as true witnesses to Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly and never to be ashamed of the Cross.

Confirmation is a two-year program that begins in the 9th grade and is completed at the end of 10th grade. All students must be registered for religious education classes. For more information, please contact ccdstjohn@stjohnsmilford.com.

Matrimony

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Holy Matrimony: “By reason of their state in life and of their order,[Christian spouses] have their own special gifts in the People of God.” This grace proper to the sacrament of Matrimony is intended to perfect the couple’s love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity. By this grace they “help one another to attain holiness in their married life and welcoming and educating their children.”

 

Arrangements for Marriage must be made one year in advance by contacting a Parish priest to set the wedding date and to plan for pre-Cana instruction.

Confession

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Confession: Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all members of his Church above all for those who, since Baptism have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace.

 

Confession at St. John’s is Saturday at 4:00PM or by appointment. Confessions at St. Bernadette’s is Saturday at 3:30PM or by appointment.

Anointing the Sick

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Anointing of the Sick:  A particular gift of the Holy Spirit, the first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age. The grace is a gift of the Holy Spirit who renews trust and faith in God and strengthens against the temptations of the evil one, the temptation to discouragement and anguish in the face of death. This assistance from the Lord by the power of His Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God’s will. Furthermore , if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 1510).

 

Please contact the Parish Office to request the sacrament for your loved one.