Ministries

Pastoral Council 
The Pastoral Council is the primary vehicle of consultation available to the pastor. Its purpose is to collaborate with the pastor in the pastoral ministry. Presided over by the pastor or his delegate, it is composed of six appointed members and six elected members, along with the Pastoral Assistant, the Religious Education Coordinators, the Youth Minister and the Administrative Assistant. There are four quarterly meetings and occasional working sessions. Prayer precedes each quarterly meeting, since the first thing that the group does is beseech God's grace that they may discern the will of the Holy Spirit. In its quest to foster growth in community, the Pastoral Council works to define the goals and objectives of the parish, formulates plans to meet those goals, and periodically evaluates progress. Appointments are conducted annually.
Contact: Fr. Mike 508-644-5585, [email protected] 
3/8/19

Finance Council
Finance Council provide financial administration guidance for the pastor. Council consists of at least 3 and no more than 5 parishioners who are appointed by the pastor for one-year terms which may be renewed. Meetings are conducted quarterly and as required. 
Contact: Fr. Mike 508-644-5585, [email protected] 
3/8/19

Altar Servers
Altar servers serve God and God's people at Mass by assisting the priest in the celebration of the liturgy. These young men and women are needed in all liturgical celebrations to assist the priest on the altar throughout Mass to provide and move the artifacts used in the liturgy (books, sacred vessels and other objects) to facilitate readings and preparations of the gifts. The members of this ministry serve at Masses, weddings, funerals (if needed), Holy Days of Obligation, as well as special Masses and prayer services. There’s perhaps no greater way for young people to grow in faith than to learn how to enter into the Mass more deeply and one of the great ways so many have done so is through serving God at his altar. Ministry is open to young men and women who have made their First Communion.

Contact: Fr. Mike 508-644-5585, [email protected] 
3/8/19

Lectors 
Lectors proclaim the Scriptures proper to them at all weekend and weekday liturgies. Meetings for scheduling proposes are held periodically. 

Contact: Fr. Mike 508-644-5585, [email protected] 
3/8/19

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist 
The role of Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist is entered into for one year- renewable upon the invitation of the pastor. Open to both men and women in good standing in the church, the Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist distributes Holy Communion or the Precious Blood at all weekend and weekday Masses at which there are insufficient ordained clergy to accomplish the task in a timely manner. Meetings for scheduling purposes are held periodically. 

Contact: Fr. Mike 508-644-5585, [email protected] 
3/8/19

Catechists 
These women and men form the largest group of volunteers in the parish organization. Their purpose is to assist parents in the religious formation and education of their children. Training and support is provided. These are not usually professional teachers, but rather people of faith who are willing to witness that faith to the children of the parish. 
Contact: Brian & Marlene Correia 508-644-2136, [email protected] 
9/24/12

Music Ministry 
There are three ensembles that compose the music ministry at St Bernard’s. Participants provide music as members of the Adult Choir, the Youth Choir or the Lifeteen Band. Some members additionally cantor or play an instrument during Mass. Ensembles provide musical support to the assembly's worship. New members are always welcome.

Contact: Denise Weaver 508-636-1335, [email protected]
3/8/19

Men of St Bernard
The Men’s Group of Saint Bernard’s is committed to our collective spiritual growth and support of our parish. Through our goodwill and philanthropy, we intend to demonstrate our Christian beliefs to all members of our faith community. Following are the four qualifications for joining the group: male, post confirmation age, registered parishioner, willing and able to be CORI’d. Meetings are held on the third Monday monthly at 7 pm in the church Hall.
Contact: Mike Faria 339-236-2721, [email protected]
3/8/19

Men of St Joseph
An organization of Catholic men who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so they may grow in love and serve our Lord. The only requirement is membership in the Catholic Church and a desire to improve your conscious contact with the Lord. Our primary purpose is to love the Lord and help others through Prayer, Sacred Scripture, and fellowship. Meetings are held on the first Monday monthly at 7 pm in the church hall.
Contact: Luiz Leonardo 508-523-2791, [email protected]
3/8/19

Women of St Bernard 
Open to all women of the parish. We help with the Parish Giving Tree, Harvest Festival, Deaonry Mission, Christmas Caroling at nursing homes, Childrens' Room at Breakfast with Santa and support for needy families. 
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday monthly at 6:30 pm in the church hall. 
Contact: Joyce Mires 508-644-2164, [email protected]
3/8/19

Come...and See
We come together for coffee, refreshments, conversation and relationship building. Each month we explore faith and life related topics and issues through the eyes of our Catholic faith with the goal of continual spiritual growth as Catholic women. The format varies from month to month, using presentations, videos, speakers, prayer and/or discussion. “Come...and See” is open to women of all ages from teens to seniors! Why not come and see what we’re talking about this month? Each session stands alone so if you can’t commit to joining us monthly, come whenever you can and you’ll feel right at home. Meetings are on the second Saturday monthly at 9 am in the church hall. 
Contact: Carol Levesque 508-717-9743, [email protected]
3/8/19

Knights of Columbus
Cross of Christ Council #12283. Chartered in July 1998, the Council is a parish-based Catholic men's organization fostering fraternity and family values. The Knights are very active, assisting with youth activities, parish suppers, construction projects and works of charity. Meetings are held on the second Monday monthly at 7 pm in the church hall, preceded by a social meeting at 6:30 pm. We are always looking for new members to help us and offer some fresh ideas.  Additional information on the organization can be found on the Knights of Columbus website
Contact: Gary Guinen 508-971-8442, [email protected]
3/8/19

Wrapped in Love Prayer Shawl Ministry
Members supply Baptismal shawls for the many babies we baptize here at the parish. The infant shawls are always white and can be any pattern yielding a shawl approximately 5” by 30”. Members also create shawls for adults being fully received into the faith through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil mass each year. Some members knit or crochet lap robes or shawls for parishioners who are ill, in nursing homes or grieving. We do ask that anyone knitting for our ministry pray for the recipient of the shawl as they work on creating it. God knows who it will be going to and will accept our prayers and apply them accordingly. Any patterns and any yarns are fine to use and all contributions are greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute to this caring ministry, you may donate shawls to Fr Mike after any mass or drop them off at the parish office. If you don’t feel you have the necessary talent but would like to help, monetary contributions are gratefully accepted and can be dropped in the collection basket at any mass in an envelope marked “shawl ministry”. Yarn is expensive and donations allow us to stock up and take advantage of sales. 
Contact: Pat Powell 508-644-5585, [email protected]
3/8/19

Respect Life Ministry
A committee of women and men formed to assist our pastor in educating parishioners on all life issues and how they relate to our Catholic Christian teachings, beliefs and values. The committee relies on prayer, study and action to further the cause of being 100% pro-life. 
Contact: Jane Wilcox 508-269-7097, [email protected]
3/8/19

St Vincent De Paul Society 
An organization of laymen and women dedicated to addressing local needs of food, clothing, rent, or utility payments. The group also has summer “camperships” for children in need. The names of those who they serve are held in the strictest confidence. Activities are funded through freewill donations made in the poor boxes at the doors of the church and though the ongoing collection, sale and recycling of articles of clothing. Inquiries can be made by contacting Fr. Mike or by putting an inquiry into one of the St. Vincent de Paul boxes located in the church.
Contact: Fr. Mike 508-644-5585, [email protected] 
3/8/19