St. Bernardine’s has a wonderful program preparing parents for the Baptism of their children. The Rite of Baptism, with its signs and symbols, is explained, as well as the spiritual formation role of the parents and godparents in bringing up the child.
The class is held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30pm in the Veranda Room at the Parish Center.
Comprehensive Youth Ministry (CYM)/Confirmation for Adults/Youth
CYM is the place for all Junior and Senior High teens looking for a chance to learn about their faith and how to live that faith in today’s world. CYM offers an opportunity to meet other teens in a fun environment while preparing for Confirmation. The program is offered in six-week modules and provides a place for all students to receive ongoing religious instruction. Call Bob Nicholas in the Youth Office at 818-710-1662.
We offer religious education to children attending public and private schools. The classes run from the end of September thru the first week of May, and are held on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. First through sixth graders are taught by trained volunteers from the parish, who are excited about their faith and the chance to share it with our children. Please call the Eileen Fewless in the Religious Education Office at 818-340-1440.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R C I A)
Christian Initiation is an open-ended process of formation and education for those interested in the Catholic faith. RCIA is for those who are not baptized; those baptized in other Christian traditions, and baptized Catholics who never received Eucharist and/or Confirmation. It is a journey that invites people to broaden and deepen their prayer life, to know God through Scripture, to come to know themselves and to actively participate in parish activities. Please call the Deacon Steve Ellms in the RCIA office at 818-340-2087. We have programs for both adults and children.
Sunday Nursery Care Program
Each Sunday, we offer free baby-sitting during the 10:00am Mass for children 12 months and older. The Nursery Care is conducted in the Childrens’ Center. Adult volunteers are always needed. If you would like to know more please call the Carol Williamson 818-999-3764
Justice and Peace
These dedicated people collect food monthly for the Guadalupe Center Food Bank. Each Christmas, they sponsor the Adopt-A-Family program, providing food, clothing and gifts to those in need. Please call Maryanne Malzone Miller at 818-618-1467.
Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound
If you or one of your family is homebound due to illness, please call the Parish Office and we will have a Eucharistic Minister bring communion to your home once a week for as long as necessary. Deacon Dale Taufer is the person to contact, 818-888-8200.
St. Bernardine’s Parish Finance Committee operates as an Ad Hoc Committee to the Parish Council and the Pastor. Its members are selected by the Pastor from the community on the basis of experience and technical skills. The Finance Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Pastor.
Mary and Martha’s
These ladies act as hostesses for funeral buffets in the Parish Hall and will also housesit during the services and receive food deliveries. They serve on a rotating basis, and how often they are called depends on the number of funerals. Call Chris Schehr 818-347-7744 for more information.
A group of elected parishioners, serving terms of two years, meets monthly to discuss parish needs. They work with the pastor in developing parish policies and fostering good relations between parishioners. They offer suggestions to the pastor and help to implement new programs. They provide leadership by setting goals and clarifying parish vision. All parishioners are invited to attend these meetings.
Funeral Buffet/Reach Out
This committee prepares food and delivers it to the funeral buffet. We have a rotating list of volunteers who prepare a casserole, dessert or salad about once every 10-12 weeks. Please call Shirley Grochalski at 818-347-6228.
Women on the Journey
This group of women of all ages meets twice a month to pray, share and support one another in their roles as mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sisters. Call Jean Sampson at 818-346-8116.
St. Bernardine’s has many Girl, Cub and Boy Scout troops meeting here on a regular basis. For more information about whom to contact for Boy, Cub, Girl Scouts, please call the Parish Center at 818-888-8200.
Social Activities Committee
This group brings the school and parish community together via social events. From bingo, dances, field trips, outdoor concerts and Family Fun Nights - they plan events for all ages. They meet monthly to organize activities. Come join us at the next meeting or if you have any ideas for future events, please call Peggy Pryor at 818-426-6539
About 5 men and women come each week to clean the church on Friday mornings. They take care of the vacuuming and dusting. New members are always welcome. Please call Lucy Kerecman at 818-998-6701.
We have a great program for boys and girls, fourth grade and up. An invitation is issued families once a year just before the new training begins. If your child is interested in serving please email Alicia Bednar at email@example.com or call the Parish Center 818-888-8200.
Our Ushers and Greeters welcome us as we arrive at church on Sunday. They help with the offertory collection and the distribution of communion by keeping us moving in an orderly fashion. Call Mary Jane Westmoreland at 818-312-1666.
We have many trained volunteers who help to distribute Eucharist at Mass. We are always looking for new people for this rewarding ministry. Call Richard Anderson at 310-562-2210
Our trained, certified readers lead us at each Mass as we listen to God’s Word. Anyone interested in becoming a lector should call Jack Maranto at 818-887-6310