Saint Bernadette Catholic Church

Faith Formation & Sacraments

Registration is now closed for 2016-2017

(for preschool through grade 5 ONLY)

Middle School and High School programs are still accepting registrations.

God never stops loving us and it is important that we continue to grow in our faith.  We have a great formation program beginning at the ages of 3 and it continues through high school graduation.  Please look at the different programs and register.

Faith Formation Programs:

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS):

“If we want to assist the child in his or her religious experience, an important area which we must attend is that of prayer.Prayer is, first of all, listening to God. It is the particular key which opens up the mystery of God’s relationship with God’s creature; it is a key which belongs to God, but which God gives to all… Prayer is initiation to the mystery of God and is, itself, a mystery… our task is that of creating the conditions for silence and reverence which will help the child focus on and listen to God. We do this, first of all, by preparing an environment with a prayerful atmosphere.”    Gianna Gobbi,

Begins at age 3 and goes up to 5th Grade.

      • This includes Sacrament Preparation for Reconciliation & 1st Communion/Confirmation

Faith and Life textbook:

The Faith and Life religious education series is now in its Third Edition, with texts and activities fully adapted to the new translation of the Roman Missal. The Faith and Life Third Edition series presents Catholic teaching using the time-tested ecclesial methodology and spiral development of catechesis, in a beautiful, student-friendly, comprehensive format.


2016-2017 RE calendar

RE class options:

Wednesdays 4-5:30pm

Wednesdays 6-7:30pm

Thursdays 4-5:30pm

EDGE:  A fun faith filled program for 6th, 7th, & 8th grades.  Includes:

  • EDGE Nights
  • EDGE Socials
  • Retreat
  • Service Events

Life Teen is a great ministry to the High School Teenagers!  It takes place after the5:00pm mass.  It includes:

  • Life Nights
  • Service
  • Retreats
  • Socials

For more information on EDGE and Life Teen go here


Congratulations to all new parents and welcome to the children!

New life gives the promise, hope and expectations that the world will become a better place. If the world is to become a better place because these children have been born into it, these parents have a huge responsibility. They are not alone. We, the Christian Community, and specifically the Catholic Community of St. Bernadette, share that responsibility.

We, the Parish Community of St. Bernadette, pray that our words and actions may lead these newly baptized children to the wonder of God’s love for them. We pledge our prayer and support to you, the parents and families who have been gifted with these children.

The Process of Baptism at Saint Bernadette Roman Catholic Parish

Parents desiring Baptism for their child should call and schedule an interview with Deacon Robert (Bob) Torigian. Your Baptism Preparation class and baptismal date will be scheduled at that time. Baptisms will be scheduled on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at 10:30 am with family arrival at the church approximately 10:00 am.

General Policy for Infant Baptisms at St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Parish

Parents seeking baptism should have at least a three-month history as registered and actively participating members of the parish prior to the Baptism. If registered in another parish and the grandparents of the infant to be baptized are registered parishioners of St. Bernadette, the parents must have a letter of permission from the pastor of their home parish. Parents are required to attend one personal interview with Deacon Torigian and attend a Baptism Preparation formation class.

Godparent requirements and information

Godparents are chosen for their faith commitment and ability to assist the child and parents in their faith journey. It is customary to have two Godparents for Baptism, but only one is required by Cannon Law. A Godparent may be either male or female. If two are chosen, then one must be male and the other female. Only one of each gender may be listed as Godparents. It is strongly suggested that Godparents attend a formal baptismal class either at St. Bernadette or at their home parish.  If the Godparents are not parishioners at St Bernadette, a letter from their pastor and/or his delegate stating that they are practicing Catholics and do meet the requirements listed just below this paragraph.  Note: The letter must be received, with their parish’s seal, and reviewed by Deacon Bob before a Baptism date can be scheduled.

Godparents must meet the following requirements: 

  • 16 years or older
  • May not be natural or adoptive parents of the child being baptized
  • Fully initiated Roman Catholic (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)
  • Must be leading a life in harmony with the Faith (a practicing Catholic)
  • If married, marriage must be validated by the Catholic Church
  • If unmarried, divorced, or separated, must not be cohabitating
  • Must be free of any canonical impediment (CC 1311)

Ceremonial procedures

At St. Bernadette, the sacrament of Baptism is a community rite. It allows the Catholic community to welcome your baby into the family of the Church. For this reason, we may offer group baptisms. Baptisms are usually held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month (exceptions will be considered) at 11:00 a.m. (Please refer to the baptismal schedule that will be presented at the personal interview for beginning Baptismal preparation.)

If you have a child to be baptized who has reached catechetical age/the age of reason (Grade 2 or 7 years of age), you and they will receive different preparation. Having sufficient understanding, the preparation will then be for the full complement of the Sacraments of Initiation, i.e., Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.

“But even a fully initiated Catholic may be restricted from exercising the office of sponsor [godparent] if he or she does not live the faith in a manner that is in keeping with the responsibility of this office. Thus people who do not participate regularly in the Eucharist or who are living in marriages not recognized by the Church may not be qualified to function as sponsor.” (CC 872-874)

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First Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is normally celebrated during a child’s second grade year. Candidates should have been enrolled in the Faith Formation program beginning in first grade, or at least one year prior.

St. Bernadette Parish offers Religious Education (RE) programs for children of our parish families to prepare them for these sacraments. Our program supports the sacramental preparation process for Reconciliation.

Parents must be registered members of St. Bernadette and have completed all paperwork required of the Faith Formation department.

For Parents of Children Enrolled in First Reconciliation

Sacramental Preparation for St. John XXIII Students

St. John XXIII students take their Sacramental Preparation classes through their parish.  If your child is a student at St. John XXIII and your family are registered parishioners at St. Bernadette please contact Melissa Graziano at



For more information about RE and Sacramental Preparation classes at St.Bernadette contact Melissa Graziano, Director of Children’s Catechesis.

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Confirmation and First Eucharist

The Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist are normally celebrated during a child’s third grade year. Candidates should have been enrolled in the Faith Formation program beginning in first grade, or at least one year prior and have received the sacrament of Reconciliation.

St. Bernadette Parish offers Religious Education (RE) programs for children of our parish families to prepare them for these sacraments. Our program supports the sacramental preparation process for First Eucharist, Confirmation and Reconciliation. Parents must be registered members of St. Bernadette and have completed all paperwork required of the Faith Formation department.

For Parents of Children Enrolled in Confirmation and First Eucharist


Youth Confirmation

Children in the third grade or older, having participated in Religious Education (RE) classes the previous year and received First Reconciliation, are invited into the Confirmation / First Eucharist preparation process. We have returned to the Restored Order for Sacraments of Initiation so Confirmation and First Eucharist will be celebrated at one Mass.

All children participating in Confirmation Preparation must have received First Eucharist and be enrolled and participating in age appropriate Religious Education classes or Catholic School.


For more information about RE and Sacramental Preparation classes at St. Bernadette, contact Melissa Graziano, Director of Children’s Catechesis.

Middle School & Teen Confirmation

Any middle school youth or high school teen who wishes to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation may do so through the EDGE or LifeTeen programs. Requirements include attending all scheduled sessions, participating in a weekend retreat, and completion of 10 community service hours. Confirmation preparation will begin with a parent meeting in January. Contact Jeremy Stafford, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries.
Adult Confirmation

Adult Confirmation

Any adult ages 19+ are invited to participate in a special formation series to prepare them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are an adult who desires to be Confirmed, please contact Deacon Bob Torigian at 480-905-0221 ext. 206 for an initial interview.

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Recently engaged? Congratulations!

Marriage is more than a contract; it is more than a mutual agreement between a man and a woman, and it is more then a uniting of two people who “complete one another.” Marriage is in God’s plan! “Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb.”

Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its “mystery,” its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin and its renewal “in the Lord’ in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church.” (Catechism 1602)

Marriage Preparation and Matrimony

Marriage Preparation is all about unpacking this special sacrament of God’s love, and therefore, requires a just and thorough preparation. Because of its sacred character, the Bishop has asked that the minimal period for marriage preparation be extended from 6 months to 9 months to provide adequate time for what will be a lifetime commitment. A lifetime investment is well worth a few months of preparation.

Here are the steps for marriage preparation and matrimony at St. Bernadette Catholic Church:

  1. Meet with the St. Bernadette marriage preparation coordinator.
  2. Allow for extra time if an annulment is required. Please note that any annulment must be submitted and approved prior to scheduling the wedding date.
  3. It’s time to take the FOCCUS. Don’t worry it’s not a test; it’s a communication tool.
  4. Time for the “FOCCUS Results” and the review.
  5. Sign-up and attend the complete Natural Family Planning Course (plan extra time because this is more than a one night seminar).
  6. Attend the Diocesan Marriage Life Skills Training or Engaged Encounter Weekend. (We highly recommend the Diocesan Marriage Preparation Weekend.)
  7. Attend the day long Diocesan God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage course.
  8. Contact the Parish Wedding Coordinator to arrange for a wedding ceremony.
  9. Contact the Parish Musician to arrange for music at the ceremony.
  10. Contact the Celebrant and begin to plan the ceremony.
  11. Don’t forget the Marriage License from the state. Without it, the priest/deacon will not be able to witness the wedding.
  12. Enjoy the wedding! Live a life filled with God’s love and abundant blessing.
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Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick powerfully demonstrates Jesus’ presence among us as our Healer and Comforter.

It is by the anointing and the prayers of the Church that all those who are ill, face surgery or any disability come into contact with Jesus, the Divine Physician. Because of the special nature of the Sacrament, it may be received as often as needed.

If you need to receive this Sacrament for any of the reasons above, or if you are going in to the hospital, please feel free to ask one of the priests after a Sunday or weekday Mass, or call the parish office.

Please call the parish office at any time in the case of an emergency.

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Adult Initiation (RCIA)

In 1988, the Catholic bishops of the United States directed that adults becoming Catholic do so using the process set forth in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). RCIA stresses the connection between the three sacraments of Christian initiation — baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist. During the Easter Vigil each year, the elect are welcomed into the Church and receive these sacraments.

The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation in the church that welcomes and forms adults in the way of Jesus as it is lived in the Catholic tradition. This process is divided into a series of steps and stages each with its own distinctive focus; for learning, praying and a spiritual growth that respects and supports the individuals journey in faith.

Your Journey of Faith

We have in place a year-round process that is ready to welcome any adult anytime. The adult sessions are held Wednesday evenings.

Please call Deacon Bob Torigian at 480-905-0221 ext. 206 to schedule an appointment or for further information.

The RCIA Process

The Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults is a process of conversion to Jesus Christ and the design of God he proclaimed. The RCIA process has four steps:

This is a time for those interested in the Catholic Church have an opportunity for inquiry and introduction to gospel values. This is also a time for the community to listen and answer questions.

The Catechumenate
During this time, catechumens (adults starting the RCIA process) are instructed in the faith, participate in community activities, join with the community in prayer and worship, and work actively with the community in the apostolic life of the Church.

Period before Initiation
This is the period of time, usually during Lent, that is a time of immediate preparation for the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil.

Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
This liturgical rite is usually part of the Easter Vigil. The elect are baptized and confirmed then they are invited to share Eucharist for the first time.

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