Bernadettes Angels

Goals and Purpose - To offer assistance to members of our parish family who are having difficulty coping due to illness or social isolation. We offer support through our prayers which are said individually by members of the ministry, as well as collectively by the church parishioners. By supplying occasional meals, homemade soup, flowers and cards, we hope to provide additional support and comfort to those in need. Also, our Prayers Shawl Angels crochet or knit beautiful prayer shawls/lap blankets which have been blessed at a special Mass, to be gifted to the seriously ill. Depending on our assessment of the family’s needs, we may provide transportation for important appointments, food in a crisis situation or short term support related to managing and running a household and give any referrals that may be appropriate. Thanks to the generosity of our members making voluntarily donations throughout the year, we have been able to assist less fortunate families with monetary gifts during the Christmas season.

Responsibilities - Members are required to make sick and/or homebound visits, participate and volunteer for the many committees and activities related to the ministry’s outreach programs. In addition they are expected to attend the bi-monthly meetings. If this is not possible, all members are responsible for reviewing the minutes of the monthly meetings.

Helpful Attributes - Empathetic personality, generous nature, sensitivity and compassion for others who are suffering due to illness or socialisolation. A strong desire to reach out to our neighbors in need. Also, any experience in healthcare or counseling is desirable but not necessary for membership.

Time Commitment - Varies with commitment - Directors approximately 25 hrs weekly; members approximately 4 hrs. per month.

Training Required - None (Orientation Provided)

Fingerprinting Required - Yes

Contact

Mary Ann Evensen

772-879-7968

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Birthday Ministry

Goals and Purpose - The Birthday Ministry is a celebration of life – a labor of love! We personally call our parishioners on his or her birthday on behalf of our Pastor and the St. Bernadette Parish Family. We let them know that we thank God for them and their parents who chose life. Our goal is to make people feel loved and remembered on their special day, “their birthday”.

Responsibilities - Commitment to telephone calls from home to those parishioners assigned to you on their birthday. Convey our message of life, love and caring.

Helpful Attributes - Desire and ability to convey a warm and caring greeting to truly brighten one’s day. This ministry particularly welcomes those who might otherwise have limited mobility but would enjoy making telephone calls from home to fellow parishioners.

Time Commitment - Varies based upon individual availability. Some members make calls every month; others several times a year.

Training Required - None

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Chrissy Savage

772-785-9864

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Stacey Buhrman

772-834-2407

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Cana Companions

Goals and Purpose - To provide engaged couples who are to be married at St. Bernadette Parish with a guide who serves as a liaison with the priest/deacon as their wedding date approaches.

Responsibilities - Contacting and communicating with couples who will be married at St. Bernadette. Facilitating wedding rehearsals and ceremonies in the Church.

Helpful Attributes - Friendliness, a desire to help couples make their special day well-planned and stress -free.

Time Commitment - Being available for any questions the couple may have. Being present at their wedding rehearsal and ceremony.

Training Required - Minimal

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Linda Riccio
772-340-0736

Circle of Friends Bereavement Ministry

Goals, Purpose and Responsibilities - The Circle of Friends Bereavement Ministry is a dedicated and rewarding ministry. We are with the bereaved family members offering funeral planning assistance. A friend, to assist with planning the appropriate funeral liturgy and music; obtaining the Sacristan, altar server, and Eucharistic Minister(s) for the Funeral Mass as well as attending the funeral rites, recognizing the spiritual bond that still exists between the living and the dead and proclaiming the belief that all the faithful will be raised up and reunited where death will be no more. This ministry also makes available a Bereavement Support Group, which has two sessions, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. For any questions specifically regarding the Support Group, please contact Diane Jones at 772-344-1771.

Helpful Attributes - Compassion and concern for others; good listening skills; a strong desire to help others during a very difficult time in their lives upon the loss of a loved one.

Time Commitment - Varies with individual commitment and the number of families needing our services.

Training Required - Parish training provided.

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Coordinator 

(Funeral Planning):
Cathy Lavin

345-7592

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Columbiettes Council #13042

Goals and Purpose - Helping the Knights of Columbus reach out to all who are in need. Assisting our Parish and the Knights of Columbus wherever possible.

Responsibilities - Sharing of our time, talent and treasures as good stewards.

Helpful Attributes - An understanding and commitment to the needs of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Bernadette Parish Family.

Time Commitment - Varies with commitment. General meeting once a month.

Training Required - None

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Marilyn Suriano

772-878-2623

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Council of Catholic Women (CCW)

Goals and Purpose - To support, empower and educate all Catholic women i n Spirituality, Leadership and Service. The St. Bernadette CCW is an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women, the Florida CCW and the Palm Beach Diocese CCW.

Responsibilities

Spirituality: To create a community of women who are rooted in and share common religious beliefs by worshipping together and having a devotion to our Blessed Mother.

Service: To address and faithfully answer the needs of people in our Parish family, our community and our world through specific action.

Leadership: To develop and offer support to our members through workshops and education which create stronger Council structure.

Legislative Advocacy: To be credible in our expression of common beliefs concerning human rights and social justice in issues relating to Gospel values.

Helpful Attributes - A commitment to making Stewardship a way of life for Catholic women.

Time Commitment - Monthly meetings and attending Mass as a Council once a month. Members also attend Mass and the Rosary on the first Friday of each month.

Training Required - None

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Barbara Lutton

878-5120

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Divorced & Separated


Goals and Purpose - To help rebuild lives after divorce or separation. To help support our brothers and sisters who have separated and/or divorced and enable our church and St. Bernadette Parish to be actively involved and present in the lives of those who are hurting in this way.

Time Commitment - We meet on Wednesday evenings from 4pm - 8:30pm

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Tom & Priscilla Buran

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Alice Pachon

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They live off Australia at depths between 2,000-3,900. The blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water. This allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming.

Life throws us many "curve balls". One of the most cruel and emotional events is to be faced with separation and/or divorce. The emotional upheaval is such that we often shut ourselves away from the normalcy of everyday life. We turn inward and isolate our feelings, kind of like the Blobfish that lives alone at depths beyond 3,500ft. 

We at St. Bernadette's Divorced and Separation ministry suggest you join our faith based group of souls that, together, look for healing. We meet 7pm each Wednesday evening at our church for about an hour and a half. Our intent is for healthy healing with the help of new friends who have or are going thru the same painful experiences.

Knights of Columbus Council #13042

Goals and Purpose - We are Council of Catholic men, who are dedicated to the basic principles of our Order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. These principles are the foundation upon which all of our projects are based. We strive to be good stewards for our church and community.

Responsibilities - Be an active member by participating in the planning or execution of projects. Our projects include one or more of the following objectives: spiritual, social, service or fundraising for charities. Attend the monthly Council meeting on the fourth Thursday of every month.

Helpful Attributes - A Catholic man, who is a registered parishioner of St. Bernadette, having a desire to participate with brother knights in projects to benefit those in need.

Time Commitment - Varies with commitment.

Training Required - None

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

 Grand Knight -

Tom Mollica

772-344-2084

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Faithful Navigator (Our Lady of Fatima Assembly #3090) -
Tony Frasca

772-672-4719

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Marthas Hands

Goals and Purpose - Offering light refreshments after funeral Masses.

Responsibilities - Set up and supply cookies and coffee; clean up afterward.

Helpful Attributes - Like to cook a special dessert or two to share with others.

Time Commitment - Occasionally, for 2 to 3 hours.

Training Required - None

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Kathleen Kearney

845 596-1167

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Prison Ministries

Goals and Purpose - Bringing the word of God and the sacraments of the Catholic Church to men, women and juveniles who are incarcerated. This is a diocesan wide ministry.

Responsibilities - Priests hear confession and celebrate Mass. Deacons and lay ministers assist at Mass, bring the Eucharist to inmates when authorized to do so, conduct para-liturgies and prayer meetings, facilitate Bible discussion sessions and provide spiritual guidance.

Helpful Attributes - To love God and be willing to share this love with others.

Time Commitment - On average, ministers visit institutions about twice a month for one or two hours.

Training Required - Diocesan training provided.

Fingerprinting / Background Check Required - Fingerprinting is required when ministering to juveniles. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI background check will be conducted on all applicants, although a previous arrest and conviction does not necessarily prevent participation in this ministry.

Contact

Diocesan Coordinator:
Deacon Greg Quinn
561-345-2000 Ext 28

Parish Contact:
Patti Wheeler

540-226-1616

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Project Mother Teresa

Goals and Purpose - Helping to feed the hungry by providing non-perishable food collected at all Masses on the last weekend of each month. Coordinate special food collections for Thanksgiving.

Responsibilities - Project members will collect food at monthly Masses , sort and deliver foods on the following Monday morning.

Helpful Attributes - An interest and willingness to help feed the hungry.

Time Commitment - Less than 2 hours per month and occasional evening meetings.

Training Required - None

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Coordinator - Kathy Cole

772-206-6683

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Coordinator - Veronica Lacoparra

772-871-6405

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Respect Life

Goals and Purpose - Helping our Parish to appreciate and value the dignity of human life at all stages.

Responsibilities - Keeping the Parish aware of ways we can be good stewards to all whose lives are most vulnerable to attack: the unborn, elderly, the seriously ill, those condemned to death and the dying.

Helpful Attributes - An awareness of all life as being a gift from God.

Time Commitment - Monthly meetings.

Training Required - None

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact

Sue Campbell

772-489-5419

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St. Vincent de Paul Society

Goals and Purpose - This international Roman Catholic voluntary organization is dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct assistance to anyone in need.

Responsibilities - The Society was founded in 1833 to serve impoverished people living in the slums of Paris, France. Today, it numbers about 950,000 in some 132 countries world-wide, whose members operate through “conferences”. The Port St. Lucie conference operates out of St. Bernadette Church. It is composed of Catholic stewards who dedicate their time and resources to help those in need in the community. The Society trains new members to become case workers and to develop an understanding of the different financial circumstances people encounter. In order to provide food and comfort to those in need, the organization operates a thrift store and a food pantry. Clients are provided with vouchers to access with these two facilities. The Society stewards are also informational sources for other social service agencies that can address more long-term needs of individuals or families.

Helpful Attributes - A keen awareness and understanding of the varied problems individuals and families encounter.

Time Commitment - Varies with the stewardship activities in which one becomes engaged.

Training Required - Parish training is provided.

Fingerprinting Required - Yes

Contact:

Marie Deeg

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878-1743

Voices for God's Children

Goals and Purpose - to encourage members of our St. Bernadette Parish Family to become either a Foster Parent or a member of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program.

Responsibilities - Consult www.guardianadlitem.org for a full description of Guardian ad Litem, and www.placeofhope.com/portal/home or www.placeofhope.com/portal/traditional-foster-care for a full description of the Foster Parent Program. 

Helpful Attributes - a loving, caring heart and/or stable home within which you will be a foster parent.

Time Commitment - for Guardian ad Litem, after completion of required training, approximately 10 hours per month working on a case. For the Foster Parent Program, it will be full-time commitment.

Training Required - Yes

Fingerprinting Required - Yes

Contact

Janet Priore(Guardian ad Litem)

772-489-4867

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and

John Kalogris (Foster Parents)

772-801-8505

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Welcome Committee

Goals and Purpose - Welcoming the newest members of our St. Bernadette Parish Family.

Responsibilities - Provide a welcome packet to all newly registered families.

Helpful Attributes - A love of our parish and a burning desire to share this gift with others.

Time Commitment - Monthly meetings and home visits.

Training Required - Parish training provided.

Fingerprinting Required - No

Contact Gail Barlowe
772-871-2810
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