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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt 7:7). God asks us to seek him and to know the truth so that we may have the abundant life he came to give. It is our goal to open the word of God to all, where ever they may be in their faith journey and guide them to a greater understanding of the catholic faith. We are making the call for disciples and want to empower each person through opportunities to learn in as a community, small group, online or individually.

First Saturday Faith Formation (FSFF) presents monthly topics that are engaging and down-to-earth. Classes are 100% relative to the Catholic faith, reference the liturgical year and current season. FSFF invites dialogue within our community and encourages conversations to continue at home with your family.

FSFF is open to anyone interested in the topic. If you are not a registered participant, please call our office or RSVP at StBernparish@gmail.com. Note: Individuals who are preparing for sacraments attend FSFF as part of the sacrament-preparation curriculum and are automatically registered attendees. 

When: First Saturday, October – May 5:15 pm-6:45 pm
What: Discussion / Lesson
Who: Group lessons by age: (1) Adults – high school youth and older, (2) 8th – 4th grade; (3) 3rd grade – kindergarten; and (4) preschool

Schedule of FSFF Topics

October 3 – Where Heaven and Earth Meet, an Overview of the Mass
November 7 – I Believe, the Creed
December 5 – Water and Fire, Baptism and Confirmation
January 2 – The Call, Vocations and Holy Orders
February 6 – Sacrament of the Sick
March 6 – Written in Stone, Chiseled in Your Heart, the Ten Commandments
March 27 – Kneeling Before the Majesty of God, Eucharistic Adoration
May 1 – Mary, God’s Masterpiece, Includes the Living Rosary

These classes prepare young students to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.  Classes are taught by catechists and additional home lessons are provided for parents to complete with their children.

Classes are structured by age. Your child’s age and the sacrament(s) he or she will be preparing for will determine what class he or she will attend. All students taking sacrament preparation classes must attend First Saturday Faith Formation with their families.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation
When: 2nd & 4th Sunday, September 27 – May 23, 8:30 am – 9:50 am, followed by 10:00 am Mass (Student’s family is invited to join the class at Mass.)
Where: Wellspring Catholic School, St. Bernadette Parish, 1100 Upham Street, Lakewood
Grades: 2nd – 5th  If your student is older than 5th grade, please contact the parish.

The Sacraments of Confirmation & First Communion (2nd – 5th Grades)
When: 2nd & 4th Sunday, September 27 – May 23, 8:30 am – 9:50 am, followed by 10:00 am Mass (Student’s family is invited to join the class at Mass.)
Where: Wellspring Catholic School, St. Bernadette Parish, 1100 Upham Street, Lakewood
Grades: 2nd – 5th  If your student is older than 5th grade, please contact the parish.

The Sacrament of Confirmation (6th – 12th Grades)
When
: 1st Monday, November 2 – May 3, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Where: St. Bernadette Doherty Hall.  (Classes also will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church and Our Lady of Fatima.)
Grades: 6th – 12th
A parent meeting will be held on October 5 at 6:30 pm at St. Jude Catholic Church, 9405 W Florida Ave, Lakewood, in the Youth Building. RSVP at StBernparish@gmail.com.

Sacrament Registration Form

Everyone’s journey is unique. Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) or Children (RCIC) provides individuals seeking to become Catholic an extended period of prayer, study, and fellowship to grow in relationship with God and the parish community.

As God knows every hair on our head, our Catholic faith inspires us to know Him with the same intimacy. As Catholics, we develop a prayer life that helps us facilitate that relationship with God. We seek forgiveness (Reconciliation), attend Mass (Eucharist) and seek ways to follow in Christ’s footsteps.

Who is the RCIA for?

  1. Persons who have never been baptized and wish to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist in the Catholic Church.
  2. Persons who were baptized in another Christian denomination and wish to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church by receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
  3. Baptized Catholics who have not completed their initiation; by receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

When: Thursdays, September – April and May 23rd,  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What: Become a Catholic or Come back to the Catholic Church: Adult curriculum  For youth curriculum, contact Michelle Bauer in the parish office.
Where: Wellspring Catholic School, St. Bernadette Parish, 1100 Upham Street, Lakewood

Sponsor and family members are always welcome to participate in RCIA/C classes. For more information, call the parish office or e-mail us at StBernparish@gmail.com.

RCIA/C Registration Form

Led by community members, these sessions provide an ongoing study of scripture, ranging from books of the Bible and encyclicals, to studies of individuals or groups of saints. Each Study Session topic is determined by participants and utilizes a variety of media including lectures, books, videos and podcasts. Scripture Study is offered both in coed sessions, as well as dedicated women’s and men’s studies.

Bible Study
When: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm and Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, Starting September 22
Where: St. Bernadette Doherty Hall
What: Evangelization and the Acts of the Apostles, Dr. Mary Healy
Register: Call the parish office or RSVP at StBernparish@gmail.com.

Women of Faith
When: Tuesdays at 9:30 am, starting September 15
Where: St. Bernadette Doherty Hall
What: Embracing God’s Gifts in the Autumn of Our Lives
Register: Call the parish office or RSVP at StBernparish@gmail.com.

Women of Faith – Walking with Purpose
When: Wednesdays at 9:00 am and 6:30 pm, Starting September 21
Where: St. Bernadette Doherty Hall
What: Discovering Our Dignity
Register: Call the parish office or RSVP at StBernparish@gmail.com.

Men’s Faith Group (TMIY)
When: Thursdays at 6:00 am, starting September 24
Where: St. Bernadette Doherty Hall or Zoom (TBD)
What: Into the Breach An Apostolic Exhortation To Catholic Men by Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmstead, Bishop of Phoenix
Register: Call the parish office or RSVP at StBernparish@gmail.com.

Sign Language Class (ASL)
When: Wednesdays at 7:00 – 8:15 pm, starting September 16
Where: St. Bernadette Doherty Hall
What: Learn and practice basic ASL vocabulary, finger spelling and cultural awareness.
Register: Call the parish office or RSVP at StBernparish@gmail.com.

TeenSTAR: High School Girls
When: Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, starting October 8
Where: Wellspring Catholic School, St. Bernadette Parish, 1100 Upham Street, Lakewood
What: TeenSTAR is a program that offers teens a holistic vision of sexuality, stronger self-esteem and a well-defined personal identity.
Register: RSVP to Anna at teenstaranna@gmail.com.

A parent meeting will be held on Thursday September 24 at 5:30 pm at St. Bernadette. RSVP by September 22 to Anna at teenstaranna@gmail.com.

Formed.org is a membership St. Bernadette provides to its parishioners. Formed.org has been likened to a Catholic Netflix. This online tool gives you the opportunity to watch movies, study parts of prayer, listen to books, lead a bible study or study independently, youth programs, kids programs, documentaries and so on. The programming is up to date and inspires us to interact with scripture in our daily lives. From seven minute explanation of the daily readings to a seven hour series about saints. It is all available to you anytime.

The St. John Vianney Theological Seminary Lay Division houses our flagship programs of the Biblical and Catechetical Schools in addition to a number of Enrichment Courses that help people know, love, and share their faith.

When: These programs follow the school year of September to early May and are offered at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Denver.

What: An opportunity to jump deeper into the catholic faith from learning about the Bible, the Catholic Catechism to an understanding of apologetics.

Questions?

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