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Jesus_for_webpage.jpgJESUS OUR SAVIOR, SACRAMENTS FOR HOMEBOUND CATHOLICS           Rev. Fr. Bernard Lopez SSSA,Grand Prior,an Augustinian Priest of the Holy Cross, offers the Sacraments of the Catholic Church to people who are home bound and who have been neglected for far too long a time. He offers MASSES in the comfort of your own homes and will gladly offer you the Sacraments of the Church with much care and spiritual devotion. You will find your spiritual needs catered to and will have the opportunity to renew your faith and devotion to Jesus Our Savior.
HOLY ANOINTING REV FATHER BERNARD will visit you to assist you when you are ill and will also ANOINT YOU with Sacred Oils when the time is appropriate. Anointing Of The Sick The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention (cf. Rite of Anointing, Introduction, nos. 8-10). Moreover, "old people may be anointed if they are in weak condition even though no dangerous illness is present. Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be comforted by this sacrament. . . . [The faithful] should be encouraged to ask for the anointing, and, as soon as the time for the anointing comes, to receive it with faith and devotion, not misusing the sacrament by putting it off" (Rite of Anointing, nos. 11, 12, 13). Only bishops and priests may be ministers of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. A penitential rite followed by the Liturgy of the Word opens the celebration. Scripture awakens the faith of the sick and family members and friends to pray to Christ for the strength of his Holy Spirit. The priest lays his hands on the head of the sick person. He then proceeds to anoint, with the blessed Oil of the Sick, the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite). He accompanies these acts with the words, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up" (CCC, no. 1513). For those who are about to depart from this life, the Church offers the person Penance, Anointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist as Viaticum (food for the journey) given at the end of life. These are "the sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland" (cf. CCC, no. 1525). These rites are highly valued by Catholics as powerful aids to a good death. Since Holy Communion is the effective sign of Christ's Paschal Mystery, it becomes for the recipient the opportunity to unite one's own suffering and dying to that of Christ with the hope of life eternal with him. The special words proper to Viaticum are added: "May the Lord Jesus protect you and lead you to everlasting life. Amen."
Rev Father Bernard will also prepare you to receive the Sacraments worthily and offer you the opportunity to receive the EUCHARIST. By his Real Presence in the Eucharist Christ fulfils his promise to be with us "always, until the end of the age" (Mt 28:20). As St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, "It is the law of friendship that friends should live together. . . . Christ has not left us without his bodily presence in this our pilgrimage, but he joins us to himself in this sacrament in the reality of his body and blood" (Summa Theologiae, III q. 75, a. 1). With this gift of Christ's presence in our midst, the Church is truly blessed. As Jesus told his disciples, referring to his presence among them, "Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it" (Mt 13:17). In the Eucharist the Church both receives the gift of Jesus Christ and gives grateful thanks to God for such a blessing. This thanksgiving is the only proper response, for through this gift of himself in the celebration of the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine Christ gives us the gift of eternal life. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. . . . Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. (Jn 6:53-57)
 Baptism the Gateway
Baptism: The Door of the Church The Sacrament of Baptism is often called "The door of the Church," because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church. Traditionally, the rite (or ceremony) of baptism was held outside the doors of the main part of the church, to signify this fact. The Necessity of Baptism Christ Himself ordered His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations and to baptize those who accept the message of the Gospel. In His encounter with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), Christ made it clear that baptism was necessary for salvation: "Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." For Catholics, the sacrament is not a mere formality; it is the very mark of a Christian, because it brings us into new life in Christ. Baptism of Desire That doesn't mean that only those who have been formally baptized can be saved. From very early on, the Church recognized that there are two other types of baptism besides the baptism of water. The baptism of desire applies both to those who, while wishing to be baptized, die before receiving the sacrament and "Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do His will as they know it through the dictates of conscience" (Constitution on the Church, Second Vatican Council). Baptism of Blood The baptism of blood is similar to the baptism of desire. It refers to the martyrdom of those believers who were killed for the faith before they had a chance to be baptized. This was a common occurrence in the early centuries of the Church, but also in later times in missionary lands. The baptism of blood has the same effects as the baptism of water. The Form of the Sacrament of Baptism While the Church has an extended rite of Baptism which is normally celebrated, which includes roles for both parents and godparents, the essentials of that rite are two: the pouring of water over the head of the person to be baptized (or the immersion of the person in water); and the words "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." The Minister of the Sacrament of Baptism Since the form of baptism requires just the water and the words, the sacrament, like the Sacrament of Marriage, does not require a priest; any baptized person can baptize another. In fact, when the life of a person is in danger, even a non-baptized person—including someone who does not himself believe in Christ—can baptize, provided that the person performing the baptism follows the form of baptism and intends, by the baptism, to do what the Church does—in other words, to bring the person being baptized into the fullness of the Church. In certain cases where a baptism has been performed by an extraordinary minister—that is, someone other than a priest, the ordinary minister of the sacrament—a priest may later perform a conditional baptism. A conditional baptism, however, would only be performed if there were grave doubt about the validity of the original application of the sacrament—for instance, if a nontrinitarian formula were used, or if the baptism had been performed by a non-baptized person who later admitted that he did not have the proper intention. A conditional baptism is not a "rebaptism"; the sacrament can only be received once. And a conditional baptism cannot be performed for any reason other than grave doubt about the validity of the original application—for instance, if a valid baptism has been performed, a priest cannot perform a conditional baptism so that family and friends can be present. Infant Baptism In the Catholic Church today, baptism is most commonly administered to infants. While some other Christians strenuously object to infant baptism, believing that baptism requires assent on the part of the person being baptized, the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, Lutherans, and other mainline Protestants also practice infant baptism, and there is evidence that it was practiced from the earliest days of the Church. Since baptism removes both the guilt and the punishment due to Original Sin, delaying baptism until a child can understand the sacrament may put the child's salvation in danger, should he die unbaptized. Adult Baptism Adult converts to Catholicism also receive the sacrament, unless they have already received a Christian baptism. (If there is any doubt about whether an adult has already been baptized, the priest will perform a conditional baptism.) A person can only be baptized once as a Christian—if, say, he was baptized as a Lutheran, he cannot be rebaptized when he converts to Catholicism. While an adult can be baptized after proper instruction in the Faith, adult baptism normally occurs today as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and is immediately followed by Confirmation and Communion. The Effects of the Sacrament of Baptism Baptism has six primary effects, which are all supernatural graces: The removal of the guilt of both Original Sin (the sin imparted to all mankind by the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden) and personal sin (the sins that we have committed ourselves). The remission of all punishment that we owe because of sin, both temporal (in this world and in Purgatory) and eternal (the punishment that we would suffer in hell). The infusion of grace in the form of sanctifying grace (the life of God within us); the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; and the three theological virtues. Becoming a part of Christ. Becoming a part of the Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ on earth. Enabling participation in the sacraments, the priesthood of all believers, and the growth in grace.
You will also be provided with an opportunity ro participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation also called CONFESSION. The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy. Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned." Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ's dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy.

Father Bernard will offer the Last Rites and Funeral Services at FUNERAL HOMES or other locations. He will also be available at BURIAL SITES or Cemeteries to perform the Prayers and FINAL RITES . Catholic Funeral Service ORDER OF SERVICE [Enter the complete named of the deceased, with place and date of the service if that information isn't included elsewhere.] Officiated by [insert the name of the priest or priests or other service leader] Pallbearers include [insert their names and relationship to the deceased] INTRODUCTORY RITES Entrance Hymn [Insert lyrics here] Priest: The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. All: And with your spirit. LITURGY OF THE WORD First Reading [One reading from the Old Testament, commonly Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, Isaiah 40:1-11, lines from the Book of Job such as 19:1.23-27a, or lines from the Book of Wisdom such as 3:1-9, 4:7-15] Lector: The word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God. Responsorial Psalm [May be either sung or read. Insert lyrics if participation is encouraged -- or insert names of performers if other than the choir, along with their relationship to the deceased.] Second Reading [One reading from the New Testament, commonly Romans 8:1-11 or Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43] Lector: The word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God. Gospel Reading [Commonly Mark 15:33-16:6] Before the Gospel proclamation: Priest: The Lord be with you. All: And with your spirit. Priest: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to...[Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John] All: Glory to you, O Lord. After the Gospel proclamation: Priest: The Gospel of the Lord. All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST Gifts to be presented by [include names and their relationship to the deceased]. Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts: Priest: Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands. It will become for us the bread of life. All: Blessed be God forever. Priest: Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink. All: Blessed be God forever. Lord's Prayer: Priest: Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Savior gave us. All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Priest: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all turmoil as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are your -- now and forever. Sign of Peace: Priest: The Peace of the Lord be with you always. All: And with your spirit. Priest: Let us offer each other a sign of peace. [All exchange an embrace, handshake, or other appropriate gesture of peace with those near them, according to local custom.] Fraction of the Bread: All: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace. Communion: Priest: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. All: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. Communion Hymn [Insert words if participation is encouraged.] WORDS OF REMEMBRANCE By [include the names of those involved and their relationship to the deceased. They can present a brief statement of remembrance or eulogy of the deceased. For help with writing and delivering a meaningful eulogy, along with sample written and spoken eulogies, see Funeral and Memorial Eulogies.] CONCLUDING RITES All: Receive [his or her] soul and present [him or her] to God the most high. Priest: The Lord be with you. All: And with your spirit. Priest: May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

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