SS. John & Bernard Parish

To grow as a Catholic community, united by the Holy Spirit, living our faith in Jesus Christ and sharing God's truth and love with all people

Religious Education

Religious Education

Office of Religious Education Home Page

Click Here to download the Registration Form

Click Here to download the Religious Ed dates

Click Here to download a message from our Pastors

Visit the Office of Religious Education site CLICK HERE for more information about our program, registration forms, class schedules, home and on-line study options, and for sacramental preparation for First Penance, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.  The Religious Education program for SS. John and Bernard Parish is combined with St. Joseph Parish, and is offered from mid-September through the end of April each year.

Contact Information

Tim Smith, Director of Religious Education
(269) 983-1575, ext. 16 or e-mail

Roxanne Rogers, Secretary
(269) 983-1575, ext. 15 or e-mail


Catechist (Teacher and Substitutes)

Catechist Instructors have the special responsibility of teaching our children the truths about the Catholic faith.Some training is involved and there are also periodic opportunities for enrichment which you are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Contact Tim Smith, Director of Religious Education, at (269) 983-1575, ext. 16 or e-mail for information.

Click Here to download a list of common Catholic prayers.

Click Here to download instructions for praying the Rosary.

Click Here to review the Order of Mass.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for non-Baptized adults or adults who were baptized in other Christian denomination who are considering becoming full members of the Roman Catholic Church. The program also welcomes adults who were baptized into the Catholic Church as infants but who never received further catechesis, and did not receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Communion. The RCIA program includes Catholic doctrine and morality, Bible study, community participation, and self-reflection.

The RCIA program begins in September. The classes meet weekly, on Sunday evenings, at St. Bernard's, from 7:00-8:30 pm.  Marcia Grover and Raejene Shaffer are the catechists.

For additional information, call the Parish Office at 925-2425.

Older students who have not received the sacraments may contact their pastor or the Religious Education Office for guidance and information on programs available to them.

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