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

Spiritual Life & Faith Formation Commission

The Spiritual Life & Faith Formation Commission  is made up of four members from St. Martin Parish and four members from St. Bernard Parish, plus four ex officio members, namely the pastor, the deacons, and the Coordinators of Religious Education from each parish.  This Commission initiates and coordinates the parishes’ ministry of  helping individuals to grow in faith.  It gives special attention to continuing education for each person and for the life of our parish families.  The Spiritual Life & Faith Formation Commission meets the first Thursday of each month.

The Spiritual Life & Faith Formation Commission also includes:

Sacramental Preparation

Several meetings are held for parents whose children are preparing for the celebration of First Communion and First Reconciliation. First Reconciliation is celebrated in the Fall and First Communion in the Spring. Contact Carolyn Thorpe at the parish office at (812) 649-4811 for more information.

Confirmation is a two year program which normally begins in the Freshman year of high school and is completed with Confirmation taking place in the Fall of the Junior year. We do,  however, have teenagers who start and finish Confirmation as Juniors and Seniors. Those to be Confirmed meet monthly between August and April and take part in a Confirmation Retreat in August. Confirmation is in September.  Please contact Deacon Mike Waninger at 660-0909, or Carolyn Thorpe at 649-4811,  if you have a student you would like to enroll as a Confirmation Candidate, or if you are interested in helping with this program.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds.  This program takes place during the 10:30 am Sunday Mass throughout the whole year. Children go to a separate area of the Church and learn about the Sunday readings on their age level. They return at the Presentation of the Gifts. Children make crafts, draw, color, and much more. Parents are welcome to be present with the children and/or to lead this ministry on Sundays. Contact Carolyn Thorpe at the parish office at (812) 649-4811.

Sunday Religious Education

Our religious education/formation program for children who are five years old through 8th grade takes place Sunday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Parents are invited to join their children and Catechists for a Continental Breakfast from 8:45 to 9:00 am. For more information contact Carolyn Thorpe at the parish at (812) 649-4811.

Vacation Bible School

Plans for Vacation Bible School for 2015 are underway.  For information, please contact Carolyn Thorpe at (812) 649-4811.

High School Religious Education

Freshmen and Sophomores participate in the Confirmation Program and also study Theology of the Body for Teens.

After Confirmation, high school religious education continues with Juniors and Seniors studying the Bible.  Juniors use the T3 Timeline program by Ascension Press, and Seniors use T3 Matthew, Thy Kingdom Come, also by Ascension Press .  For more information contact Deacon Mike Waninger or Carolyn Thorpe at the parish office at  649-4811.

Adult Faith Formation

St. Bernard and St. Martin Parishes believe that education in the Catholic Church continues well into the adult years of life. In fact, we believe that we can continue to learn about our faith, and our Father who loves us, until the day we go home to be with Him. In order to provide this education, we have had and continue to have programs in place to provide more learning experiences, and are constantly striving to provide new opportunities of continuing education. We have had Bible/Scripture Studies, the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, and Lenten Soup Suppers with various guest speakers and a variety of topics.  Currently, we are studying the Gospel of Matthew and are also forming a group to study the Bible Timeline by Jeff Cavins.  If you are interested, please call the parish office.

Marriage Sponsor Couples

Marriage is so important to the life of the church and to the welfare of society that the Catholic Church supports those who are engaged. Married couples, trained to share their experiences with engaged couples, assist them as they begin their new life together. Engaged couples are asked to notify the pastor at least 6 months prior to their wedding so that the necessary preparation can begin. For more information contact the parish office at (812) 649-4811.

Right of Christian Initiation – RCIA and RCIC

The RCIA is the liturgical and catechetical process by which new members are initiated into the Catholic Church. Although designed initially for the non-baptized, the RCIA has been adapted to bring members baptized into other Christian traditions into full communion with the Catholic Church. The RCIA and RCIC programs are established for adults and children of catechetical age (6 and above) who are to be brought into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil through the reception of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, or through the Profession of Faith, Confirmation and Eucharist. For more information contact the parish office at (812) 649-4811 or Deacon Bill Keller at (812) 649-2923.

CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish)

The Parishes of St. Bernard and St. Martin have chosen to work together in offering the parish-centered retreat called Christ Renews His Parish. CRHP is a spiritual renewal process in which parishioners experience personal conversion and Christian Community. CRHP is a no cost weekend retreat that aims to strengthen the bonds between Christ and the participants, between the participants themselves, and between the two parishes. For those who choose to continue in the CRHP process there are regularly scheduled meetings and social times. For more information contact Charlene Wilson at (812) 649-2992.

Prayer Chain

The prayer chain offers support and prayers for special intentions submitted to our Parish. To request prayer for yourself or someone else or to join the prayer request group, please contact Dolores Stallings at (812) 649-2746.

Rosary Group

A small faithful group of ladies and gentlemen meet in St. Bernard Church every Monday evening at 5:00 p.m. to pray the Rosary to our Blessed Virgin Mother. All are welcome to join this group. If you would like more information, please call the parish office at (812) 649-4811.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry provides Lap & Prayer shawls for anyone within our Cluster Community that is in the hospital and would like to have one. A member of this committee will visit the patient, pray with him or her, and present them with a prayer shawl. Prayer cloths are also made for newborn babies. If anyone knows of someone who is in need of a prayer cloth or shawl, or if you would like to help with this ministry, please call the parish office at (812) 649-4811.

Homebound Ministry

The Homebound Ministry delivers Communion to those who are unable to attend Sunday Mass. If you or anyone you know is in need of this ministry, please call one of the following:

  • Parish Office, (812) 649-4811
  • Deacon Mike Waninger, (812) 660-0909

Bereavement Committee

The Bereavement Committee organizes dinners for families and friends of deceased parishioners. This dinner is held in the school gym, usually after returning from the cemetery. If you would like to help with this ministry by donating a covered dish or  by helping to serve at the dinners, please contact Esther Sibrel at (812) 362-7237.

Altar Society

The St. Bernard Altar Society purchases and cares for the sacred linens, altar cloths, patens, cruets and other liturgical items. Members of the Altar Society do fund raising projects and then contribute all the proceeds to the beautification of the church. The success of this ministry is dependent on the generosity and talents of its members. They are encouraged to be active, show personal interest in the work of the society, and express their views. All are encouraged to serve on committees. Membership is open to all women of the parish. The Altar Society meets the first Wednesday of each month. For more information contact Eloise Hughes (812) 649-2016.

Parish Newsletter

St. Bernard and St. Martin Cluster Parishes currently publish a cluster newsletter three times a year.  This newsletter is distributed to college students and all registered parishioners. If you have any parish news you would like to report, please call David Bays at (812) 649-4236.  If you have failed to receive your Newsletter or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the parish office at (812) 649-4811.

Youth Group

The St. Bernard, St. Martin and St. John Chrysostom Youth Ministry is for anyone in the sixth grade up to the twelfth grade. Most of the activities for the Middle School and the High School are separated. You do not have to be Catholic or from St. Martin, St. Bernard, or St. John to attend. We have non-Catholics and non-parishioners attending regularly. We focus on fun, community service, worship, and spiritual education in a Christ-centered environment. Jim and Litha Snyder are the activity coordinators. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jim or Litha Snyder at (812) 544-2540.

Parish Library

The parish library is located in the meeting room of St. Bernard Church.  In 2004, Mary Rita Bays and Mary Jo Ressell started working on plans for a library, they were able to get the first books donated in 2005. Several volunteers helped catalog the books and set up the library. You can visit our library and check out books whenever the church is open. Check out is on the honor system. There are many materials on religion, spirituality, history, the lives of the saints, Christian fiction, and much more. If you would like a book placed in the parish library in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone, a card may be sent to the family informing them of your gift. If you want to donate something to the collection, or have any questions concerning this service, please contact  Carolyn Thorpe at the parish office.

Spiritual Life & Faith Formation Commission Members

The Spiritual Life & Faith Formation Commission is composed of the following members from St. Bernard Parish:

  • Edgar Payne
  • Sharon Fulks
  • Dawn Bell
  • John Lasher

Members from St. Martin Parish are:

  • Karen Gasaway
  • Marilyn Ayer
  • Joyce Buxton
  • Sarah Buckles

Ex Officio Members are:

  • Father Ron Kreilein, Pastor
  • Deacon Mike Waninger
    Parish Catechetical Leader for St. Martin Parish
    (812) 660-0909
  • Carolyn Thorpe
    Parish Catechetical Leader for St. Bernard Parish
    (812) 649-4811
  • Jessica Obermeier
    Youth Minister
    (678) 469-6645


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