Faith Formation Ministries

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20


Saint John XXIII Catholic School

The St. John XXIII School is a kindergarten through 8th grade elementary and middle school under the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Office. The curriculum stresses academic achievement within a Catholic community where the child feels that he/she is loved and respected by his/her peers, as well as by the teachers.

Contact: 480.905.0939

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The St. Bernadette Children's Faith Formation program brings children closer to Christ through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This program aids children 3 years old-5th grade in developing an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, while fostering a love for the Sacred Scripture, Liturgy, while experiencing the love of God. We accomplish this through evangelization and catechesis based on the four pillars of the Catechism: Creed (Scripture and Tradition), liturgy and sacraments, Catholic morality, and prayer. We invite you to join us in listening to God with the children by volunteering to be a Catechist or Aid.

Contact: Mindy Longwell 480.905.0221 x208,

Vacation Bible School

As summer begins, over 100 children (4 year olds-5th Grade) and volunteers gather at St. Bernadette to celebrate the Bible's demonstration of God's love at Vacation Bible School (VBS). Each year, we teach and learn through games, crafts, songs, and storytelling. We encourage you to volunteer for this wonderful summer service experience!

Contact: Brittany Rodriguez 480.905.0221,


We have many opportunities to get involved in Jr. High youth ministry, from our weekly programs. EDGE is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program held on Wednesday evenings at 6pm-7:30pm in the old Mass Chapel. It provides a safe, fun place for youth to find a solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. This is an opportunity for growth, fun, reflection, prayer, and identifying who we are through the eyes of God.

Contact: Julia McDonald, 480.905.0221 x209,


Sundays immediately following the 5:00p.m. Mass. Here high school students have many opportunities to get involved in youth ministry, from our weekly programs - to annual retreats, and to different high school adventures. We also offer opportunities for parents of the high school teens to build community with each other.

Contact: Sammie Carel 480.905.0221 x204

Lisieux Sorority

The purpose of the Lisieux Sorority is to bring middle school and high school girls together to create a community that develops “sisterhood” centered around the love of Christ and his Holy Church. The sisterhood is built on the pillars of Charity, Honesty, Purity, and Simplicity. The sorority offers a unique opportunity for sophomore through senior girls to grow in faith together. Girls join the sorority through an invitation process.

Contact: Julia McDonald 480.905.0221 x209,

Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens

Based on the RCIA process, the RCIT program is the basic process where teens may learn about the Roman Catholic faith and, if they wish, begin their journey toward becoming a member of the Church.

Contact: Sammie Carel 480.905.0221 x204

Young Adults

Young Adult Nights are a great opportunity to gather with other young adults to praise God through fellowship, music, prayer, talks, and discussions. Antioch meetings are also a wonderful opportunity to make and foster friendships that will support you in your decision to follow Christ and his Church each year.

Contact: Sammie Carel 480.905.0221 x204

Bible Study

Bible Study is offered throughout the year, with both a morning and evening time option. The primary objectives of St. Bernadette Bible studies are to develop a stronger basis in the foundations of our faith; foster spiritual formation; and nurture a spiritual community to know, love, and serve God and our neighbor.

Contact: Deacon Al Homiski 480.905.0221

Blessed is She

This ministry offers women a rare opportunity to reflect on where you are now and where you are going in your relationship with God and others. Now is the time to come away for a morning or evening, and spend time with others who are on the same journey as you. The retreats are offered at different times throughout the year.

Contact: Sammie Carel 480.905.0221 x204

That Man is You

That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive!

Contact: Fr. Paul Avarez 480.905.0221

Exodus 90

The goal of Exodus 90 is spiritual freedom. We are all attached and/or addicted to sins or material things that are holding us back from being the men God created us to be. Going back to the roots of the Christian Faith through the ancient traditions of the Church of prayer, penance, and community helps us to free ourselves so that we can be the husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, and leaders that we are meant to be.

Contact: Fr. Don Kline, V.F. 480.905.0221 -

Fiat 40

Fiat 40 is designed to help you fully receive the life-changing graces being offered by God through a commitment in three areas: prayer, asceticism, sorority.

Contact: Fr. Don Kline, V.F. 480.905.0221 -

Into the Deep

Each monthly presentation provides an opportunity to take a deeper look at what we believe as Catholics and why we believe it. There’s no need to sign up, and each session will be a stand alone event meaning you don’t have to have attended a previous session to know what’s going on. These events are the perfect opportunities for inviting friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers who may be interested in Catholicism but not quite ready to make a significant commitment.

Contact: Fr. Don Kline, V.F. 480.905.0221

Life Groups

Life groups are small small Christian faith community, typically no more than 15 people, that meet in homes during the week to provide an opportunity to build community and grow in the faith. Each group has a host, either an individual or couple, that provides a welcoming atmosphere and helps facilitate the group.

Contact: Fr. Paul Avarez 480.905.0221

Into the Breach

Into the Breach is a study group is open to all men of faith. We take a deep dive into Bishop Olmsted’s incredible insights on what it means to be a Catholic man in today’s world.

Contact: Fr. Don Kline, V.F. 480.905.0221


The mission of Married4Life is to affirm and strengthen Christ-centered, Catholic marriages at St. Bernadette. This is done by sponsoring four events each year—three date nights and one retreat—to allow married couples at St. Bernadette to build relationships with others, find encouragement through sharing of marriage testimonies, and by learning practical tools to strengthen their marriages.

Contact: Brittany Allen 480.905.0221

Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS)

MOMS is an 8-session small group peer ministry for personal and spiritual growth using the book MOMS: A Personal Journal. This session runs from January until mid-April and has limited space available.

Contact: 480.905.0939

Mothers for Children

The Mothers for Children group is a bi-weekly gathering for mothers with children of all ages who wish to grow in their vocation of motherhood. Through speakers and group discussions, we tackle important issues we face in raising our children in the Catholic faith. Babysitting is provided.

Contact: Mitzi Palma 480.905.0221

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The RCIA program guides people on a journey of faith—one that involves our whole community. The process is a series of carefully planned stages, marked by liturgical rites in the presence of the whole community, in which new Catholics embark on and join us in a continuing and deepening conversion into faith and discipleship. Classes start at the beginning of September, with candidates entering the Church at the Easter Vigil in the spring (March/April).

Contact: Shirley Smalley 480.905.0221


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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