Ministries and Organizations

We invite you to join us in growing in your relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church through participation in one or more of the parish ministries.

Education & Formation Ministries

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.

Catie Weasler 480-905-4437

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, catechechist, aides, and support personnel are needed.

Catie Weasler 480-905-4437

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.

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.

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.

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.

Susan Cefalu 602-350-9107

Sacramental Ministries

Adult Initiation

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.

Melissa Graziano 480-905-4438

Infant Baptism

Shirley Smalley 480-905-4434

Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers a weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. Join the millions of couples who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive.

Dennis & Rebecca Logue 480-609-1444

Marriage Preparation

Deacon Al Homiski 480-905-0221

Liturgical Ministries

We invite you to join us in growing in your relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church through participation in one or more of the parish ministries. Find out how you can help.

Altar Linens

Daily use of hand towels, purificators and corporals for Eucharistic Celebrations, creates a constant need for clean linens. Participation in this ministry enables you to be a part of the “liturgy”, meaning “the work of the people.”

Click here to learn more about our Altar Linens Ministry

Donna Casillas 602-577-4326

Art & Environment

This ministry creates the seasonal liturgical atmosphere in the Parish Center and works with the Liturgical Ministry in creating the most prayerful environment possible for enriching our spiritual journey. This ministry coordinates changes to the environment of our worship space to reflect the Church’s liturgical cycle, Holy Days, feasts and special celebrations.

Chita Dilema 480-432-695

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Facilitators

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is a liturgical experience offered during the 10:00 Sunday liturgy that is open to all children preschool age through the 3rd grade. This process is centered on special adapted readings from the Sunday liturgy that are designed to help children better understand the Word of God. After the opening prayer, the children are dismissed with trained facilitators to their own worship space. During the Presentation of the Gifts, they return to their families.

Helen Romano 480-905-0221

Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers

Ministers assist in the communion rite by sharing of the Lord’s body and blood with others. Extraordinary Ministers have a reverence and dignity for the Eucharist. Our Diocese requires all Extraordinary Ministers to receive training and to be certified in order to participate in this ministry.

Deacon Al Homiski 480-905-0221


This is a ministry that welcomes and offers hospitality to all who are assembling for the liturgy. Greeters welcome parishioners as they enter the church and hand out bulletins and/or worship aids. This ministry is well suited to family participation.

Tom Horst 602-953-1063


Lectors proclaim to God’s people Salvation History through the oral reading of Sacred Scripture. A lector needs to feel at home with the Scriptures, to love them, and to pray with them. Youth and teens may participate in this ministry through our Children’s and Life Teen Liturgies.

John Scola 602-999-4625

Music Ministry

Volunteers provide music for liturgies and various celebrations and services. This ministry includes musicians, soundboard technicians as well as vocal members for the adult choir, children’s choir and individual cantors.

Universal Prayers (Prayers of the Faithful)

This ministry supports the liturgical life of the parish by writing the Prayers of the Faithful (communal petitions) for all of our Sunday, Holy Days and special Feast Day liturgical celebrations.

Mary Canida 602-996-9396


Sacristans help support the flow of our liturgical celebrations by coordinating the liturgical ministers, ensuring the condition of the worship space and overseeing the preparation of vessels and the materials needed for both the presider and the assembly. They enable our liturgical celebrations to flow seamlessly and help ensure that the assembly is fully drawn into each Eucharistic celebration.

Click here to learn more about our Sacristan Ministry

Mary Canida 602-996-9396


Ushers welcome the community and are responsible for the care of the assembly. Their duties include facilitating the offertory and special collections, assuring that offertory gifts are brought forward, facilitating the assembly’s movement to communion, distributing bulletins, taking care of situations as they arise, and seeing to the individual needs of the faithful.

Bill Leicht 602-788-8254

Pastoral Ministries


Deacon Al Homiski 480-905-0221


Contact Us at: (480) 905-0221

Funeral Hospitality

Free hospitality service to any family who has a funeral service at the Church. We can accommodate most situations. Many grieving families want a simple dessert with coffee or a luncheon/dinner for the family and friends. We host a wonderful, cheerful community gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of the loved one.

Carol Flood 602-953-3625

Natural Family Planning

Modern Natural Family Planning is 100% natural and up to 99% effective as a family planning method. You will learn how NFP benefits a couple’s relationship, one indicator of which is the nearly non-existent divorce rate among NFP-practicing couples. The diocese has NFP instructors available in a variety of methods.

Armida Escarcega 602-493-2477

Pastoral Ministers of Care

Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers who visit, pray and bring the Eucharist to the sick, homebound and dying. They visit people in their homes, in nursing homes, and at the Mayo Clinic Hospital.

  • Ministry Coordinator: Deacon Al Homiski 480-905-0221
  • Mayo Hospital: Deacon Frank Nevarez 480-905-0221
  • Homebound: Bill Walsh 602-971-8941

Prayer & Worship Ministries

Adoration (Eucharistic Adoration) Hourly Captains

Volunteers oversee the coverage of their designated hour by coordinating assigned adorers for that time period.

Donna Homiski 602-738-6429

Friday Night Healing Rosary

Since July 2005, the Friday Night Healing Rosary group meets every Friday night at 6:30 PM in the Adoration Chapel to pray the rosary for those who are seriously ill, dying or recently deceased. The group is committed to meeting each and every Friday. Prayer requests may be written in the Book Of Healing in the Chapel. All are welcomed to join us in prayer.

Shirley Smalley 480-905-4434

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Perpetual Adoration is giving your time to the Lord. It lasts as long as your love for Jesus lasts. For such a commitment the graces and blessings that will be bestowed on you and your loved ones will be abundant in this life and beyond measure in the next.

Donna Homiski 602-738-6429

The Chapel is locked for safety reasons. If you wish to visit and do not have the code, contact the Parish Office during business hours. 480-905-0221

Hospitality Ministries

Social Committee

Volunteers in this ministry help to plan, facilitate and oversee the social activities of the parish. These activities include family nights, the parish picnic, special events, entertainment and dinner celebrations. A variety of gifts and talents are needed and this ministry is open to family participation.

Shirley Smalley 480-905-04434

Sunday Donut Committee

Volunteers serve coffee, drinks and donuts after the Sunday morning masses. By providing these refreshments in the Ramada, parishioners have the opportunity to get to know one another and to build community. This is a great ministry for families to do together.

Rebecca Logue 480-609-144

Evening Hospitality Committee

Volunteers help serve hospitality after the 5:00 PM masses one weekend a month generally the second Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers serve once a quarter on either Saturday or Sunday evenings.

Shirley Smalley 480-905-4434

Welcoming Committee for New Parishioners

Volunteers in this ministry oversee all parish activities that are aimed at welcoming new parishioners. Members of this committee also plan and oversee additional new member activities and receptions. This ministry provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to meet new people.

Lisa Osselaer 480-443-9429

Service Ministries

Culture of Life Committee

Members of this committee promote education, justice and political action to protect life in all of its stages – from the first moment of conception until its natural end.

Margaret Hinski 602-595-9961

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is an association of Catholic laity who serve the Church on a voluntary basis. It was founded in Dublin, Ireland, as a Roman Catholic Marian Movement by layman Frank Duff. Today between active and auxiliary (praying) members there are over 3 million members worldwide making it the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church.

The main apostolate of the Legion consists in activities directed towards all men and women, young and old, rich and poor as well as people from the margins of society and towards non- Catholics. The members of the Legion are primarily engaged in the performance of the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Click here to learn more about the Legion of May Ministry.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The St. Bernadette Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society strives to live out gospel values through service and ministry to others. We take inbound request for aid and make house calls to local families to assess their needs and render aid. We also host local food drives, serve at area soup kitchens, deliver food to families of St. Matthews (our sister parish).

Parish Office 480-905-0221 ext. 316

Parish Organizations

Boy Scouts

Our Boy Scout Troop builds character, moral strength and personal fitness for the young men of our community through regular group meetings and outdoor activities. Our troop is a member of the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America. For ages 6th grade through 17 years old.

Click here to learn more about our Parish Boy Scout Troop 818.

Chris Smith 602-647-6475

Sociable Seniors

This ministry is a social and supportive community for individuals who are “gently aging”, The goal of the group is to encourage fellowship, support and activity through regular gatherings, celebrations, activities and outings.

Shirley Teed 602-996-6151

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus are a national Catholic men’s fraternal charitable organization committed to helping with various parish activities and charitable works. Knights’ fundraising activities include a monthly pancake breakfast, annual win-tasting dinner, annual golf tournament, Oktoberfest dinner event and a Tootsie Roll Drive.

Click here to see our Knights of Columbus Photo Gallery.

Gene Arvizu 480-272-9442

Parish Life Ministries

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shirley Smalley 480-905-4434

Annual Parish Events

(Contact Shirley Smalley at 480-905-4434 for more information)

  • 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.