Comfort Quilt Ministry
In the Spring of 2003, Father Michael saw the Comfort Quilts at St. Ferdinand Church and thought it would be a good idea for St. Bernadette’s to do. He mentioned this to Kathy Klocek, Pastoral Associate, who approached several members of our Parish. She told us about the Comfort Blanket Ministry at St. Ferdinand’s and suggested that we look into this project to see how it could be adapted to St. Bernadette’s.
Three of us took a trip up to see the people in Cranberry. When we returned we were excited and were convinced that the people at St. Bernadette’s could do this.
We’ve been asked why we are doing this and who will be getting these quilts. We hope to extend the care of the Parish in an tangible way with the quilts. There are no fast rules for who will be receiving the quilts. Basically the quilts will be given to many persons: someone who has lost a job; one who is going through a difficult time, because of health reasons, maybe family being transferred, perhaps the loss of a loved one; preemies or newborns or little ones being hospitalized with any number of illnesses; the elderly or shut-ins who need to be comforted; long-time parishioners having to leave the parish; people coping with divorce; even when the seminarians leave our Parish to go on to another; wherever someone needs to know God’s comfort is with them. You probably can think of many other good recipients. With the quilts the Parish will journey with these members and extend the care and comfort to them from all of us – people of all ages – from the school children, families, extended families and up to the Senior Citizens of our Parish.
We requested fabric from the parishioners and the response was tremendous. We started getting together to cut squares out for the people to take them home to decorate and we are on our way.
This truly is a ministry every parishioner can be involved in. People continue to decorate squares and leave them for the Comfort Quilt ministers to sew into quilts. Each square is so precious to look at. To know that an individual or a family took the time to decorate a square is so heartwarming.
We hope this simple, yet profound, ministry will touch many lives and continue for years to come.
Fatima Prayer Group
This group of parishioners meets in the church every third Tuesday of the month for prayer, rosary and Eucharist devotion. If you are interested in deepening your prayer life with the support of other parishioners, contact Dottie Kocur (412 372-0731).
Our Grief Ministry Team offers grief support for individuals who have lost a loved one. Support groups meet throughout the year in the Parish Conference Room. Contact Deacon Mike Kelly at the Parish Office (412-373-0050 X 228) for more information.
This is a group of young mothers who do not work outside their homes. They provide mutual support and assist each other in their spiritual growth and growth as parents. During the school year the group meets weekly in the school, usually on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Babysitting is available. For further information, please call the Parish Office. (412) 373-0050.
The Prayer Chain provides a vehicle for anyone with a specific prayer or petition to have a list of fellow Christians join in that prayer. If you have a prayer need, call the Parish Office, (412) 373-0050, and it will be passed along to all members of the chain. If you would like to join this prayer network, call the Parish Office and leave your name and phone number.
The mission of the Stephen Ministry is to provide the opportunity for Eucharist to those who cannot join us in the formal church community. Beyond the Sacramental encounter, we hope to offer an encounter with Christ’s mercy and love through our presence. If you are interested in participating in this ministry or if you are in need of a minister to bring you communion, please contact Deacon Michael Kelly, by calling the Parish Office. (412) 373-0050.
Visitation of the Sick and Viaticum
Call the Parish Office if anyone is ill at home, or in the hospital. This is the only way we know if someone is ill. Patients in the hospital (Forbes Regional or UPMC East) should inform the nurses that St. Bernadette is your parish, especially is you are admitted through the emergency room. When possible we like to have a parish representative visit and bring Holy Communion.