Parish Life 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.


Finance Council

The Finance Council is a group appointed to assist and advise the pastor in overseeing and directing the financial affairs of the Parish.

Contact: Pat Porter 480-321-5511

Parish Council

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

Contact: Don Tellis 602-370-3271

Parish Office Support

Volunteers in this ministry assist in the parish office during office hours to answer telephone calls, greet and assist visitors, and perform administrative and clerical tasks.

Contact: Mitzi Palma 480-905-0221

Volunteer Office

This office functions to facilitate the life of the parish and the needs of its volunteers. This ministry solicits, trains and places volunteers within the life of the faith community and it ministries. It ensures that all volunteers are Safe Environment trained and screened and that parish ministry, activities and events are supported. It also coordinates communication and appreciation activities.

Contact: Shirley Smalley 480-905-4434

Annual Parish Events

Dinner Auction - This dinner is our parish’s largest annual fundraising event that helps raise money to reduce parish debt, make capital improvements, and/or to build new facilities. Volunteers help create a community building event that is festive while at the same time raising needed funds. Parishioners are encouraged to contribute to this event by assisting with the various committee activities and/or attending the event.

Annual Parish Picnic - This family day offers fun, food and community to all parishioners of St. Bernadette and families of students at St. John XXIII School. The picnic is held in the early Spring each year and includes games, prizes, fellowship and wonderful. Parishioners are encouraged to attend this free event and to help by volunteering in some capacity during the day.

Contact: Shirley Smalley 480-905-4434


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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