St. Bernard Parish
547 Elm Street
Rockport, IN 47635
St. Bernard Catholic Church in Rockport, Indiana

Social Concerns Commission

The Social Concerns Commission is involved with the social teaching of the Catholic Church and looks at social justice issues. They focus on getting information to the parish and informing parishioners of any social justice issues that may arise. This commission has merged with Spiritual Life & Faith Formation and meets every other month.

The Social Concerns Commission also includes:

Rice Bowl Ministry

The Rice Bowl Ministry is a Lenten home program to assist people suffering from hunger locally and throughout the United States. Small boxes (bowls) are taken home at the beginning of Lent and are filled with monetary offerings during the Lenten season.  These bowls are then collected and given to the Church during the Preparation of the Gifts at the Holy Thursday Mass.  The money collected is distributed to those in need by Catholic Relief Services.

Angel Tree Ministry

During Advent we invite people to take an angel from the “Angel Tree” in the back of  church.  Each angel has a small list of items written on the back of  it.  These items are purchased for someone in need and given to them for Christmas. Our contact person is Chris Whitesell.

Haiti Mission Ministry

This ministry involves St. Bernard’s sister parish, St. Therese, in Haiti. Three special collections are taken up each year at St. Bernard with the proceeds sent to St. Therese. There are also other fundraisers that are held throughout the year by the Confirmation class,  by St. Bernard School students and by St. Bernard parishioners to assist St. Therese. Some of these fund-raisers are done in conjunction with Trinity Methodist Church in Rockport.  If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Larry and Melina Hurm at (812) 649-4575.

Christian Resource Center Ministry

The Christian Resource Center is a local food and clothing pantry which St. Bernard supports with a special collection each year. St. Bernard Parish and School also donate canned goods and canned hams for Easter and Christmas baskets. Contact the parish office at (812) 649-4811 for more information.

Relay for Life Ministry

This cluster ministry involves raising awareness and money for cancer research and projects in Spencer County. The annual Cancer Relay for Life event is held the first week in June.  They celebrate cancer survivors at this event,  remember  those who have died, and raise money to further cancer research. The contact people for this ministry are Sara Kleeman (812) 303-7649, Leah Ambler (812) 359-4132, and Charlotte Weber at (812) 362-8190.  Give them a call if you wish to participate or to make a donation.

Welcome Committee

This committee concerns itself with helping new parishioners feel more welcomed and a greater part of St. Bernard Parish. It offers immediate support and information to new parishioners in an effort to assist in easing them into parish life and stewardship. If you are new to the parish, please contact the parish office at (812) 649-4811,  Pat Williams at (812) 649-9373, or Julie Benton at (812) 649-4958.  If you would like to join this committee, please give Pat or Julie a call.  Welcome!


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