St. Bernadette Parish, in collaboration with Christ the King Parish, offers Faith Formation through various stages; including, religious education for Pre-K through 8th grade, Middle and High School Youth Ministry, Sacramental preparation and Adult Formation.
For questions regarding Faith Formation, please contact our Director of Evangelization, Deacon Dan Miller
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WHAT IS FAITH FORMATION?
Faith Formation—the process of growing in knowledge and love of God, self, and one another—is a lifelong journey. For this reason, we offer many opportunities (both formal and informal) for all people to strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.
WHAT IF WE, OR I, HAVE FALLEN BEHIND?
For a variety of reasons, it sometimes happens that families miss a year (or more!) of faith formation for their children. That’s okay; it’s never too late to grow in faith!
Please contact the Coordinator of Youth Ministry (for grades 6-12) or the Coordinator of Religious Education (for age 3 to grade 5) so that we can support your child(ren) in the process.
Adults who are interested in growing in faith (including receiving the sacraments), should contact our sacramental coordinator, Mrs. Airryn Sorto, for more information regarding adult faith formation.
WHAT IF WE, OR I, HAVE “MISSED” A SACRAMENT OR TWO?
The great news is that Sacraments are not just for one age or one grade level—they are for everyone!
We have prepared young people in middle school, high school, and beyond (including adults!) for Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. It is never too late! Please contact Youth Office (for grades 6-12) or the Coordinator of Religious Education (for age 3 to grade 5) to determine the best path of preparation for your child(ren)—or perhaps for yourself!
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A LEARNING DIFFERENCE OR A DISABILITY?
All are welcome! Please let us know what accommodations your child needs in order to learn and to have a positive experience. Information about diagnoses and accommodations is shared only on a need-to-know basis. We strive to keep our student-to-leader ratios small and to get to know each and every student.
Many of our students have learning differences, and our catechetical leaders are given training in how to redirect and support students based on their individual needs. The more information we have on how your child learns best, the better we can support them in their faith journey.
We try to form students with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers whenever possible, and have successfully done so with students who have a wide variety of disabilities:
We typically have several students at any given time who are on the autism spectrum.
Our building is accessible for those with mobility challenges.
Our team has experience with children and adults who have developmental disabilities.
Students who are deaf or hard of hearing can be accommodated upon request.
We also have resources to support you in forming students who may need one-on-one attention, especially in preparing to receive the sacraments. For example, we can arrange for materials which allow students who are nonverbal to celebrate Reconciliation!
The basic rule is: Talk to us! We truly believe that the Church needs ALL of God’s people, and that ALL of God’s people deserve to be formed in faith. Visit the National Catholic Partnership on Disability for more resources!