Catholic catechists and 
teachers pass on the faith 
through catechetical programs
in parishes. In this section of 
our Web site, you will find
information on St. Bernard's
efforts to evangelize, catechize
and educate a variety of age 
groups, including elementary,
secondary and college 
students, youth and young adults, adult members of the Church and those who are seeking to become Catholics.
HOW does the Catholic Church in the United States teach?
In his last words to the apostles, Jesus gave them a mission:
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Mt 28:19-20)
     Thus, the teaching mission of the Church comes from Christ himself. The responsibility for fulfilling that mandate passes on unchanged to...Read more at the USCCB website.
What We Believe
"Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God's works." ---the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 198
     Catholic belief is succinctly expressed in the profession of faith or credo called the Nicene Creed: Read the full text of the Nicene Creed on the USCCB website.
WHO does the Catholic Church teach in the United States?
Catholic catechists and teachers pass on the faith through catechetical programs in parishes, through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, through Catholic youth ministry and campus ministry programs. In 2009, more than two million elementary and secondary students were also catechetized at 6,980 Catholic schools. More than 200 Catholic colleges and universities annually provide education for approximately one million students...
​Learn more at the USCCB website.
(Rite of Christian initiation 
for Adults)
Non-Catholics and Catholics
are invited to attend. 
Each year on Holy Saturday
during the Easter Vigil,
thousands of men and women
are received into the Catholic
Church in the United States.
Parishes welcome these new
members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and at a liturgy bringing men and women into full communion with the Catholic Church. Visit our RCIA page.
Learn more at the USCCB Website

RCIA Coordinator: Carolyn Holecek - ext. 211 or 681-4191
Youth Ministry
Three interdependent and equally important goals guide
the Church's ministry with adolescents. These goals 
state what it means for the Catholic community to respond
to the needs of young people and to involve young people
in sharing their unique gifts with the larger community. They express the Church's focus for ministry with adolescents, while encouraging local creativity in developing the programs, activities, and strategies to reach these goals. Visit our Youth Ministry page.
Learn more at the USCCB Website

Youth Coordinator: Jayne Miller - ext. 212
St. Bernard's Catholic Community  >  St. Bernard's Parish  >  Religious Formation

We recognize that the Sacraments have a visible and invisible reality, a reality open to all the human senses but grasped in its God-given depths with the eyes of faith. When parents hug their children, for example, the visible reality we see is the hug. The invisible reality the hug conveys is love. We cannot "see" the love the hug expresses, though sometimes we can see its nurturing effect in the child.

The visible reality we see in the Sacraments is their outward expression, the form they take, and the way in which they are administered and received. The invisible reality we cannot "see" is God's grace, his gracious initiative in redeeming us through the death and Resurrection of his Son. His initiative is called grace because it is the free and loving gift by which he offers people a share in his life, and shows us his favor and will for our salvation. Our response to the grace of God's initiative is itself a grace or gift from God by which we can imitate Christ in our daily lives. The saving words and deeds of Jesus Christ are the foundation of what he would communicate in the Sacraments through the ministers of the Church. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Penance and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Marriage and Holy Orders). Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier. Visit our Sacraments page.
Learn more about the Sacraments at the USCCB Website.
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Youth Religious Education
St. Bernard's has an extensive youth Religious Education (RE) program. To learn about St. Bernard's Youth RE program visit our Youth Religious Education page.
Learn more at the USCCB Website

Director: Margaret Rasmussen - ext. 211
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