Parish Life Ministries

Hispanic Ministry

The Hispanic Ministry was founded on 2001, with the purpose of letting know the Parishioners about the Apparitions to St. Juan Diego in Mexico City of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and also to spread the word that she is the Patron of the Arizona Dioceses and all America. The Hispanic Ministry decided to honor her the first Saturday of each month with a Mass in Spanish at 9:00AM We will also have bilingual Confessions before Mass, and a breakfast follow by a meeting in the old Parish Center.

We still offer English lessons for Spanish speaking persons in a private home and there is no charge. We are not longer offering Spanish Lessons for children as we did for 10 years. We celebrate the month of Mary in May with a Mass in Spanish, offering of the flowers, and a Mexican breakfast.

Our biggest Celebration is in the month of December when we’ll have the festivities for the Lady of Guadalupe on December 10, 2016 at the 5:PM Mass. A procession, a bilingual Mass with Mariachis, piñatas, Mexican dinner, dancing, raffles, etc. We invite you to join us and bring your children, because this is a family party. You can find more information in the Sunday Bulletins during October and November.

If you like to know more about the Hispanic Ministry, please call Carmen Sotelo at 480-860-6753​ or e-mail her at

Knights of Columbus Council 12313

Founded in the United States in 1882, the Knights are named in honor of Christopher Columbus. The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest fraternal service organization whose principles are Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Membership is limited to "practical Catholic" men aged 18 or older. The St. Bernard of Clairvaux Council 12313 has over 140 "Brother" Knights.

The Knights of Columbus Council 12313 would like to thank the Parishioners of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church for their support of our Pancake Breakfasts, Oktoberfest and other fundraisers, especially our annual Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner. Thanks to your generosity during the past twelve months, under the leadership of Grand Knight Bob Gomez, we have been able to provide the following donations to our selected Charities:

Andre House - $6,000
Rosary Sunday - $400
Maggies Place - $6,000
Military Holiday Meals - $500
Sponsored Seminarians - $4,000
St. Bernard Youth Ministry - $5,000
St. Vincent DePaul Society - $34,900
Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos - $2,000
St. Joseph Camp Veteran’s Project- $500
American Service Animals for Vets - $1,000
James Walton Veteran’s Pride Home - $2,000
Marine Corp-Federal Law Enforcement Scholarships - $2,000
Grand Total = $64,300

For more information, please contact Buzz Lewandowski at or visit the Knights of Columbus Council 12313 website at

Parents with Young Children

Renewal Weekend for Men

St. Bernard's Men's Renewal weekend is an experience that helps you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it; it can be a life-changing experience. Previously known as Christ Renews His Parish, St. Bernard's Men's Renewal is a spiritual renewal designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The next Men's Renewal Weekend will take place from October 16 to October 17. View the Frequently Asked Questions for the Fall 2021 weekend.

For more information on renewals for Men, please call Paul Majcher at 480-242-1725.

Renewal Weekend for Women

Women's Renewal, formerly known as Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP), is an experience that helps you discover what is missing in your life and what to do about it. As one of our Renewal sister’s said, “I came to the weekend because I had just moved here and didn’t know anyone and wanted to meet other women who shared our faith, and now I feel like I am in a family”.

Our next Women's Renewal will be on October 23, 2021. The weekends are powerful experiences where you will meet other women of our St Bernard parish. You will hear some amazing women speak of how the Holy Spirit has impacted their lives, have small group discussions, there is an opportunity for confession, we attend Mass together, and enjoy good food.

To find out more information and/or to register for the weekend, please call our Retreat Leader Nancy Paulus at 480-203-4428.

Senior Group

The mission of this ministry is threefold:

  1. To encourage St. Bernard Seniors to participate in various ministries.
  2. To cultivate friendship among its members by offering multiple social activities for membership participation.
  3. To encourage St. Bernard Seniors to develop ministries aimed at helping other seniors in need, whether or not they are members.

All Seniors are welcome! Download the membership application.

For more information, please call Josephine Zupancich at 480-451-5320

Women's Spirituality

Women’s Spirituality is under the guidance of The Blessed Mother.

The primary focus of the Spirituality Group is to enhance our awareness of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. We invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts and the meetings to guide us on a path to help ourselves and each other develop personal and enlightened relationship with God.

We, as Christians, are on a journey from “Blessings to Blessings”; we come from God and are called to journey back to Him. To help us achieve this process, we studied The Catechism of the Catholic Church. As the Catechism tells us, “The desire for God is…written in the human heart…” Man finds his ultimate truth and happiness only in God. Happiness is the purpose of our journey of faith.

As we pray and study (material varies) we are guided by the Blessed Mother to share our most intimate needs for ourselves, family and friends. These “petitions” are placed in our special “book”. We have made a commitment to pray the Memorare daily for all the prayer requests.

Each meeting is concluded with the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel to defend us in our battles. A prayer for our country and the singing of “God Bless America”

Women are welcome to join us. We meet on Wednesday mornings from 10 AM - Noon in the New Parish Center.

For more information, please call Sandy Muszkiewicz at 480-314-5386.