Adult Continuing Religious Education
"... to teach as Jesus did means
calling and equipping all Christians
of every age and stage of life
to fulfill their baptismal call to holiness
in family, Church and society -
their mission to evangelize and transform the world into a more caring and just society..."
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,
Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, 1999
At St. Bernard's, we seek to form and nurture the faith of all of our parishioners " from womb to tomb." The Catholic Church wisely observes that since adults are the ones who have the greatest ability to understand and respond to the call of Jesus to "follow me" and to transform society, providing opportunity for adults to grow in faith and put it into action should be the top priority in parish faith formation. In keeping with this mandate, St. Bernard's parish offers ongoing opportunities for adults of all ages and interests to deepen their spiritual lives and their understanding of the Catholic faith, and to explore ways to bring the presence of Christ to their homes, communities and workplaces.
We believe we CAN change the world - one committed Catholic Christian adult at a time !
UPCOMING ADULT FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES AT ST. BERNARD'S
Catholicism 101 - Basics of the Faith
A study and discussion for those who don't know "the basics"...
and those who THINK they do!
7 Wednesday evenings starts April 24, 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Parish Center
This is a great opportunity for learning and discussing for anyone who is curious about the Catholic Church, those who feel they didn't get a good religious education or feel unprepared to discuss faith with their kids. Also great for catechists who teach others, or people who haven't learned anything about faith since Confirmation - or who are just curious.
See flyer for more info.
ALPHA IS UNDER WAY MARCH - MAY, 2019 WITH 80 PARTICIPANTS!
9 Fridays starts March 22, 2019, 7:00-9:00 pm
(skips Good Fri. Apr. 9; meets Sat. 5/4, 1-4 pm, instead of Fri. 5/3)
STAY TUNED FOR DATES OF NEXT ALPHA SESSION IN THE 2019-20 PASTORAL YEAR!
Alpha is an opportunity to take the next step in your relationship with God no matter where you are on the path. We start with a meal, followed by a short video on a topic of life and faith, followed by table discussion. There will be videos and discussion groups for adults in English and Spanish, and separate video and group for teens. Formal registration will open in January, but you can pre-register now by going to our English Alpha webpage or Spanish Alpha webpage.
Explore Your Faith with AWAKENING FAITH!
Informal study/discussion groups **
Come and learn and discuss with others like you questions about the Catholic faith. All questions/doubts welcome! No questions off base. No judgment.
**AWAKENING FAITH groups are formed periodically; watch parish website, bulletin, and facebook page for information.
In addition, we can form a group at a time and place convenient for you with just six interested people.
Fill in this form, and we'll contact you.
Exploring the Sunday Readings -
A 7-week summer adventure with God's Word
7 Thursdays starting June 6, 7:30-8:45 p.m. OR
7 Fridays starting June 7, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Each week we will read the Scriptures for the coming Sunday, learn a little bit about their background to help us understand their message, read a brief reflection, and share responses to the discussion questions posed on how they are applicable to our lives today.
(A $6 donation is requested for printed materials provided.)
For questions about our Adult Formation Programs, or to register for a course,
fill in the form below.