Parish Life 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


Blood Drive

The Knights of Columbus Council #12164 sponsor three or four blood drives each year, once in January and again in August. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several.


Building Committee

Members assist the pastor with the design, plan and coordination of parish buildings and facilities.

Contact: Deacon Al Homiski 480.905.0221 x217

Coffee & Donuts

Join your fellow parishioners for coffee and donuts in the Parish Hall after the 8 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses on Sundays (September through April). There is lemonade if you’re not a coffee drinker, and we’ll have lots of good conversation if you’re not into donuts. Most importantly, just take some time after Mass to visit with your parish family. (And don’t hide this fun opportunity from your kids!) We could always use more help, and the commitment is only once per month.

Contact: Shirley Smalley 480.905.0221

Finance Council

Appointed members assist and advise the pastor in overseeing and controlling the financial affairs of the Parish.

Contact: Deacon Al Homiski 480.905.0221 x217

Homeschool Group

Parents for Eternal Life is a Catholic homeschooling group that meets monthly (not a co-op) and is faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. We desire to offer Catholic homeschooling moms and children a place to come for support through prayer, socialization, and service.

Knights of Columbus

We are a band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor. By becoming a Knight you will find your parish to become more like a home; you’ll be able to grow in your Catholic faith and help those in need in your local community. Activities include: Lenten Fish Fry, Oktoberfest, and Pancake Breakfasts.

Contact: Grand Knight


Did you know all of the landscape on the church property is volunteer based? Other than mowing, parishioners are the ones who volunteer to pull weeds, water flowers, and keep things looking beautiful. These volunteers help the parish save thousands of dollars a year. Everything is divided into plots ranging from low maintenance to high. If your group, family, or just yourself are interested in taking a plot, please contact the Parish Office.

Contact: Deacon Frank Nevarez 480.905.0221 x322

Money Counters

This is an appointed group of parishioners who gather weekly to count the collections and prepare the deposit.

Contact: Margaret Colwell 480.905.0221 x306


Our committee writes letters to all newly registered parishioner families, welcoming them to the parish. We also coordinate the Newcomer Dinners to help our large parish feel smaller.

Contact: Mitzi Palma 480.905.0221

Parish Council

Appointed group of parishioners who serve as an advisory group to the pastor and give their help by fostering parish activity.

Contact: Deacon Al Homiski 480.905.0221 x217


Athletics has a long-standing tradition of providing a Catholic sports environment that promotes physical, mental, and spiritual growth for all participants. St. Bernadette is looking to developed a new sports ministry format called SportsLeader, which focuses on Catholic Virtues and high expectations in order to better serve our young athletes.

Contact: 480.905.0939

Special Events

Angel Tree Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas Angel Project/Party provides gifts and activities for nearly 200 children. Everyone can be a part of this inspiring activity. Donations will go to support those in need of love and assistance during the Christmas season.

Contact: Shirley Smalley 480.905.0221

Christmas Caroling

During Advent, parishioners gather around the bonfire near the church to sing carols, drink hot chocolate, eat cookies and enjoy fellowship.

Contact: Shirley Smalley 480.905.0221

Ice Cream Social

Every year during the Fall season, we gather to celebrate the life of our parish and to enjoy meeting new people and kick off the new school year.


Chili Cookoff

The Chili Cookoff is held every year. Proceeds from the cookoff go towards the prizes.

Contact: Shirley Smalley 480.905.0221

Parish Picnic

This social event happens in tqhe Spring and is open to all parishioners who wish to have fun, share a few laughs, and grow in fellowship.

Contact: Shirley Smalley 480.905.0221

Volunteer Appreciation Gala

This gala is a dinner put on by our staff expressing our gratitude for many wonderful people from our community.

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 Directory. All parishioners are encouraged to prayerfully discern where their gifts can be best utilized in our community.


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