Parents are the primary teachers of religious education to their children and have accepted this responsibility at the time of baptism. Parents who realize the importance of faith in daily life give witness to their faith through attendance and participation at weekly mass and frequent reception of the sacraments. The formal programs offered by our Religious Education department can only be successful by remembering that they are offered to reinforce and support the efforts of parents. Religious education at St. Bernadette Parish is viewed as a continuing process from birth to death. Religious growth is initiated at Baptism and continues through the fuller invitation into our faith through the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. This on-going process involves an education program developed for children in grades one through ten. The focus of the program is on developing a personal relationship with God, becoming familiar with Scripture, and understanding our Roman Catholic Faith. During weekly classes the children are prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Members of our community who are called to this ministry teach classes under the supervision of the Coordinator of Religious Education. Other volunteers are needed to act as aides, hall monitors, and telephone assistants. They also help prepare several youth liturgies throughout the year, a living rosary, and the living Stations of the Cross. Please contact the Coordinator of Religious Education to volunteer as catechist.