SS. John & Bernard Parish

To grow as a Catholic community, united by the Holy Spirit, living our faith in Jesus Christ and sharing God's truth and love with all people


Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.  Since Christ is present under the appearances of bread and wine in a sacramental way, the Blessed Eucharist is unquestionably a sacrament of the Church. Indeed, in the Eucharist the definition of a Christian sacrament as "an outward sign of an inward grace instituted by Christ" is verified.

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Preparation for First Communion occurs in 2nd grade, and includes work outside of the classroom and attendance at several meetings, in addition to class attendance.  Contact Tim Smith, Director of Religious Education at (269) 983-1575, ext. 16 or e-mail to obtain more information.

Holy Communion is celebrated at Mass or by special arrangements with the Pastor.

Older students who have not received the sacraments may contact their Pastor or the Religious Education Office for guidance and information on programs available to them.