St. Bernard Catholic Parish
St. Bernard Church
6th and H Street
St. Joseph Church
Henderson and C
Phone: (707) 442-6466 Mail to: 615 H Street, Eureka, CA 95501 Fax: (707) 443-0914
The first of the sacraments of initiation. This is received only once in life, often times as early as infancy.
The sacrament Holy Baptism holds the first place among the sacraments, because it is the door of the
spiritual life; for by it we are made members of Christ and incorporated with the Church.
Baptism can be performed by either a priest or deacon after a preparation period.
Contact the church office at 707-442-6466, or the Deacon's Office at 707-442-5615.
Preparation may include:
- Infant baptism: Instruction with our deacon for parents and Godparents. Classes are held the 3rd
Monday of every month in the parish hall. Call 707-442-5615 for more information.
- For child baptism Grades K -8: Instruction and preparation through our Religious Education
- For Teens: Contact the Deacon's office 707-442-5615 to inquire.
- Adults: Preparation through our RCIA Program - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.
Reconciliation (also known as Confession)
This sacrament is received before a person receives Communion for the first time. By this sacrament
sins are forgiven by Jesus Christ through the authority He gave to the church. This sacrament can be
repeated throughout life. First Reconciliation preparation is included in our Religious Education Program
(CCD) for Children and through the RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.
Weekly Reconciliation (Confession) is available at St. Joseph Church, Saturdays, 3:15 - 3:45, at
St. Bernard Church on Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 PM or until finished , or by appointment, 707- 442-6466.
Eucharist / Communion
The reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, it is the central Sacrament of the Catholic Church.
Reception for the first time can be done around the age of 8 years, or any time thereafter.
Preparation for receiving the Eucharist for the first time is of utmost importance and may include:
The final sacrament of initiation, oftentimes received by young people around the age of 15 years. At
Confirmation persons now take full responsibility for their faith, giving their personal consent to fulfill
membership in the Roman Catholic Church.
Preparation includes review of the Catholic faith appropriate to the age of the person.
If you are seeking to be married in our parish, please contact the church office, 707-442-6466, or the
Deacons' Office at 707-442-5615 several months before your desired wedding date. Preparation will be
Anointing of the Sick (previously called“Extreme Unction” or “Last Rites”)
A sacrament of healing in which the priest anoints the sick with sacred oil specifically blessed for that
purpose. The anointing of the sick can be administered to any member of the faithful who is in danger by
reason of illness or old age. The anointing of oil signifies healing, strengthening and the presence of the
Holy Spirit. Please contact the parish office, 707-442-6466.
Holy Orders / Vocations
The reception of God's call to serve Him and the Church through the Holy Priesthood, Permanent
Diaconate or Religious Life. Please speak to a priest or visit the Diocese of Santa Rosa Vocation web
A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms,
it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
There are seven sacraments in the Catholic faith.
For your convenience, we have listed some of the more traditional ways to prepare for the
Sacraments in our parish.
Please contact the parish office 707-442-6466 with questions or to request further information.