Commissions

Pastoral Council
Our parish is guided by many people, all coordinated by our Pastoral Council of Ministries.  The Council coordinates five working Commissions:  Administration, Liturgical and Spiritual Life, Religious Formation, Human Concerns and Social Justice, and Parish and Community Life.  The Council is made up of fourteen members:  the pastor, two trustees, a representative of the parish staff and two people selected from each commission.

Members of our Parish Council must be sixteen years of age or older, be a registered member of the parish, live up to and accept the “Mission Statement” of the parish, attend council meetings regularly and be a member of one of the Commissions for at least one year.  Each member serves a two-year term with half the membership being elected each year.  The year runs from July 1 to June 30.  A member of the council may only serve three consecutive two-year terms.

Administration Commission
The Administration Commission is responsible for coordinating the temporal affairs of the parish:  how money is acquired, how it is spent, how the physical plant is maintained and how the parishioners are kept informed about what is happening in the parish.  The Administration Commission coordinates the following:

  • Communications
  • Finance Committee
  • Brink’s Teams
  • Building & Maintenance
  • Lawn Care
  • Seasonal campus clean-up
  • Saint Bernard Catholic Preschool

Liturgical and Spiritual Life Commission
The Liturgical and Spiritual Life Commission encourages full and active participation in the liturgical and spiritual activities of the parish community.  It works to foster unity by encouraging full, active and conscious participation in liturgical celebrations in a manner that inspires and generates excitement in those who attend.  They assist with the planning, celebration and evaluation of parish liturgies.  They are also responsible for training and coordinating the various liturgical ministries and arranging the worship environment.  The Liturgical and Spiritual Life Commission coordinates the following:

  • Children’s Choir
  • Contemporary Choir
  • Folk Group
  • Adult Choir
  • Resurrection Choir
  • Children’s Handbell Choir
  • Youth Handbell Choir
  • Adult Handbell Choir
  • Instrumental Musicians
  • Cantors
  • Lectors
  • Extraordinary Minsiters of Holy Communion
  • Altar Servers
  • Greeters
  • Ushers
  • Liturgy of the Word for Children
  • Communion Ministry to the Homebound
  • Adoration of the Bledded Sacrament
  • Ministry of Prayer Line
  • Ministry of Prayer Calendar

Religious Formation Commission
The purpose of the Religious Education Formation Commission is to further the teaching mission of the Church for all ages within the parish and local community.  It acts as a discernment body with the educational leaders in the parish by:  providing direction, developing goals, formulating policies, helping with recruitment of commission members and catechists, and giving support to the volunteers. The Religious Formation Commission coordinates the following:

  • Generations of Faith
  • Youth Ministry
  • Adult Ministry
  • Religious Formation
  • Sacrament Preparation
  • RCIA
  • Marriage Preparation
  • Small Faith Groups
  • Peace and Justice Book Club

Human Concerns and Social Justice Commission
The Human Concerns and Social Justice Commission of Saint Bernard Parish embraces the vision of Jesus by calling all parishioners to recognize and respond to the needs and concerns of all people. The Human Concerns and Social Justice Commission coordinates the following:

  • Pastoral/Bereavement Ministry
  • Luke House Food & Meal Serving
  • Luke House Easter Baskets
  • Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (Saint Bernard Conference)
  • Care Team Ministry
  • Ministry to the Homebound
  • Nursing Home Services
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • “Piecemakers” Quilting
  • Crafts ‘n Chat
  • Habitat for Humanity

Parish and Community Life Commission
The purpose of the Parish and Community Life Commission is to foster a spirit of community in the parish and to help people feel comfortable being a part of the Saint Bernard family. The Parish and Community Life Commission coordinates the following:

  • New parish member sign-up
  • Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Breakfast With Santa
  • Socials
  • Saint Bernard Players
  • Parish Festival