Pastoral Ministry

Card Ministry

This ministry provides greeting cards from our parish to individuals who are ill, grieving, homebound etc.  Cards are also sent for birthdays of parishioners 70 and over and for holidays. A personal note or signature is written by our caring volunteers. Time commitment: varies.

Care Minister

Care ministry is a service to our parish community inspired by Jesus loving example of serving others. Care ministers connect with parishioners who are alone, ill, recovering from illness, grieving or are no longer able to physically be present for church  services.  We are a prayerful, listening presence supporting the needs of others through God’s healing comfort.  Training provided. Time commitment: once per week to once per month.

Communion to Homebound

This group of Care Ministers serve parishioners through prayer, word and Eucharist.  Our ministers provide prayer service and Communion to our homebound parishioners.  Training provided.  Time commitment: 30 mins to 1 hour weekly, may vary.

Elizabeth Ministry*

Elizabeth Ministry is a like-to-like outreach to women during times of miscarriage, nursing questions, stillbirth, difficulty conceiving, infertility, adoption issues, birth defects, etc. Visits to affirm, support, encourage, and to assist women in these situations take place in the home, hospital, or church settings. In addition St. Bernard Elizabeth Ministers help with organization and preparation of the annual Miscarriage, Infant and Child Loss Memorial. Time commitment: varies.

Martha Ministry

This giving ministry gathers as a group the 3rd  Thursday of the month to prepare delicious meals to be frozen in individual and family size portions for parishioners in need.  Recipes and ingredients are provided.  Time commitment: Monthly or when   available, no cooking in summer or December.

Nursing Home Ministry

A group of care ministers who visit individuals one on one, or in a group setting.  We build relationships by providing a listening presence, prayer, Communion or a Communion Service.  Training provided. Time commitment: Weekly to monthly, varies.

Prayer Chain Ministry

A prayerful group who pray individually for those who are in need of healing and comfort through the power of prayer.  Volunteers are notified by phone when prayer intentions are requested for someone. Time commitment:  Daily prayer at your convenience

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This ministry brings comfort and caring to individuals in need of healing through the gift of a hand knit or crocheted shawl. The shawls are prayed over while volunteers make them and are then blessed by our pastor when they are completed. Made independently. Time commitment: Done at own pace.

St. Vincent de Paul*

The St Bernard Conference with an active parishioner membership has a vision to “end poverty through   systemic change” by holding the values of holiness of life, service of the poor, humility, simplicity, charity and community of faith.  The membership continues to assist those in need through guidance, financial, goods in kind and spiritually by praying with them.   Meetings are held the first Monday of each month.

*Sections marked with an asterisk denote an opportunity through an organization whose leadership is located outside of St. Bernard Parish. We are happy to direct you to the people in charge of the events and groups.