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

Spiritual Life & Faith Formation Commission

The Spiritual Life & Faith Formation Commission is made up of four members from St. Martin and four members from St. Bernard, and four ex officio members, namely the pastor, 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. This group 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 Karen Waninger at (812) 660-0890, or call the parish office at (812) 649-4811.

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

St. Martin’s has a Children’s Liturgy of the Word Ministry, which is a program for 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds. CLW takes place during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. Children will go to the parish house and learn about the Sunday readings on their age level, and make crafts, draw, color and much more. The children return to the church at the Presentations of the Gifts. Parents are welcome to be present with the children and/or to lead this ministry on Sundays. For more information, contact Chris Hazelip at (812) 362-8342.

Grade School Religious Education

Our religious education/formation program for Kindergarten to 8th grade takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the parish house. For more information about this vitally important ministry, please contact Deacon Mike Waninger or Karen Waninger at (812) 660-0890.

Vacation Bible School

Plans for Vacation Bible School 2015 are underway.

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 “Come, Follow Me” Mission, the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, and the Lenten Soup Suppers with various guest speakers and a variety of topics.

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 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.


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 Mike Waninger at (812)362-8726.

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.

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 the parish office at 649-4811 or Deacon Mike Waninger at (812) 362-8726.

Hospitality Committee

This committee concerns itself with helping new parishioners feel more welcomed and a greater part of St. Martin Parish. It offers immediate support and information to new parishioners in an effort to assist in easing them into parish life & stewardship. If you are new to the parish, please contact Marcene Meyer at (812) 362-7644.

The Hospitality Committee also makes home health care equipment available to members of St. Martin and St. Bernard Parishes as well as people from the community at large. Some of the equipment available includes wheelchairs, walkers, bath chairs, canes, crutches, retrievers, and bedside commodes. If you have a need for any of this equipment, please contact Sarah Buckles at (812) 362-7362. There is no charge for this service.

Bereavement Dinners

The Bereavement Dinner Committee organizes dinners for families and friends of deceased parishioners. This dinner is held in the parish hall, usually after returning from the cemetery. If you would like to help with this ministry by donating a covered dish or helping to serve at the dinners, please contact JoAnn Anders at (812) 362-8585.

Parish Newsletter

St. Bernard and St. Martin Cluster Parishes currently publish a cluster newsletter three times a year, in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. This newsletter is distributed to all registered parishioners. If you have any parish news you would like to report, please contact Mary Jane Buxton at (812) 362-7271. If you have failed to receive your Newsletter, please contact the parish office at (812) 649-4811.

Youth Group

The Saint Martin 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 Saint Martin to attend. We have non-Catholics and non-St. Martin 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.

Rice Bowl Ministry

Rice Bowl is a Lenten home program to assist people suffering from hunger locally and throughout the United States. Small boxes (bowls) are offered during the Lenten season.

Angel Tree Ministry

Each Advent we invite people to take an angel with particular items written on the angel for someone in need. Contact person is Della Green.

Haiti Mission Ministry

This ministry involves St. Martin’s sister parish, St. Ives Parish in Haiti. This ministry is funded by the St. Martin Social and is disbursed on a quarterly basis to St. Ives. For more information, contact Clara Imlay at (812) 359-4726.

Families in Crisis

This financial assistance is given to families who have lost their jobs, had an unexpected illness, accident or catastrophe occur in their lives. This ministry is funded by profits from the St Martin Soup Social. If you fit one of the situations above or are interested in assisting in this ministry, contact Clara Imlay at (812) 359-4726.

Relay for Life Ministry

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

Soup Kitchen

St. Martin continues to serve the community by helping at the Evansville Rescue Mission. We assist with the serving of dinner on the 4th Wednesday of each month. We need 3-5 volunteers to help the residents serve the food for the evening meal. We will not be preparing or delivering food at this time, but may in the future, depending on participation. It should take about an hour and a half. If interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Danny Price at (812) 362-8717.

Liturgy Commission

The Liturgy Commission helps guide how the parish community worships and celebrates the Liturgy. In collaboration with the Pastor, the Liturgy Commission plans the seasons and feasts of the Church’s Liturgical Year, sacramental celebrations and other liturgical events. If you would like more information concerning this commission, please call the parish office at (812)649-4811 or Deacon Mike or Karen Waninger at (812)362-8726.

The Liturgy Commission also includes:

Decorating Committee

In consultation with the LiturgyCommission, the Decorating Committee plans and executes the art and environment for the major seasons and feasts of the Church year. It also strives to produce a pleasing and prayerful atmosphere through the worship space during other times of the year as well. For more information, contact Karen Waninger at (812)362-8726.

Music Ministers

Here at St. Martin, we are proud of our choir, cantors, and instrumentalists. The adult Choir sings at Christmas, and on special occasions. Cantors sing at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass and on Holy Days of Obligation, as well as other special occasions. We are currently looking into forming a Children’s Choir and use more instrumentalists. If you would like to know more about, or would like to become, a part of this fun-filled ministry, please contact Karen Waninger at (812)362-8726.

Liturgical Ministers

“I don’t get anything out of Mass.” “Mass is boring!” Have you or your children ever thought or said this? If so, this is your chance to change that feeling!

The church’s liturgical ministry gives members of our parish an opportunity to share their gifts and talents with their fellow parishoners, and to help enhance the liturgies. Liturgical ministers include Lectors, who proclaim or read the first two readings, sometimes the Responsorial Psalm and the Prayers of the Faithful. Greeters are the people you meet as you come to Mass and who pass out the bulletins at the end of Mass. Gift Bearers present the gifts of bread and wine during the Preparation of Gifts at the Parish Liturgies. Extraordinary Ministers distribute the Eucharist and the Precious Blood. Sacristans are responsible for setting up the church for all weekend Masses and all Holy Days of Obligation. They also care for the sacred vessels, dishes and linens used for the Masses. Servers assist the priest and deacon at Mass. Children may become Servers as early as the Third Grade.

Please contact Deacon Mike Waninger at (812)362-8726 for more information on becoming a Liturgical Minister.

Spiritual Life & Faith Formation Commission Members

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

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

Members from St. Bernard Parish are:

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

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






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