Education & Formation Ministries

As a parishioner of St. Bernadette, you will find there are many opportunities to learn, to grow, and to celebrate. Whether you are called to serve the hungry and downtrodden, or minister to the sick, or serve on a board or council, or teach young people, or study scripture, or greet others coming to mass, St. Bernadette offers many ways to return our God-given gifts to our Lord who has given us so much.


Religious Education for Children – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program

St. Bernadette Parish offers Religious Education (RE) programs for elementary school-age children of our parish families. Our programs support the sacramental preparation process for Confirmation and Reconciliation/First Eucharist. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is an approach to the religious formation of children.

Contact: Mindy Longwell 480-905-4435

Vacation Bible School

For one week each summer, the parish offers a Vacation Bible School for preschool and elementary children. This catechetically-based week offers formation, fun and music for the children. Volunteer coordinators, catechist, aides, and support personnel are needed.

Contact: Mindy Longwell 480-905-4435

Edge – Junior High Program

The EDGE is a Catholic middle school youth ministry for younger teens in grades 6, 7 and 8. EDGE is designed to meet the educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents.

Contact: Sammie Carel 480-905-4436

Life Teen – High School Program

Life Teen is an international Catholic movement for high school teens that provides resources and faith experiences that help lead them closer to Christ.

Contact: Sammie Carel 480-905-4436

Men’s Bible Study

This ministry provides men of our parish with a unique opportunity to study and discover the story of the Bible in the context of a small faith-based group. This program is designed to give the average Catholic a solid foundation for a lifetime of Bible reading. Study materials, discussions and personal relationships help to make the scriptures come alive in a deeply personal way.

Contact: Brian Weber 602-765-0924

Women’s Bible Study

This ministry is a deep study based on the Word and the interrelationships between Old and New Testaments. Participants learn about the greatness of the blessing of Jesus Christ and his relief to all humankind. These scriptural pursuits are coupled with fun and deep lasting friendships.

Contact: Susan Cefalu 602-350-9107


More Information

For more information on how to get involved with outreach programs for the community, as well as parish-oriented ministries and groups please read the Parish Ministries guide. All parishioners are encouraged to prayerfully discern where their gifts can be best utilized in our community.


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