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 ! 





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.

Register below.



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)


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.

Click here to see what people are saying about Awakening Faith!

**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.

Let us know when you'd be interested in AWAKENING FAITH:


 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.)

Click here for flyer.
Register online below!

For questions about our Adult Formation Programs, or to register for a course,
fill in the form below.


I'd like some more information about Adult Formation Programs, or I'd like to register.



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