St. Bernadette Parish
Dear Parents,

Thank you for making this Confirmation preparation experience a priority for your teen. Statistics tell us that parents are the number one influencer in the faith life of a teenager. Even though it may not often feel like it, your influence does make a difference.

In this first session, we discussed what it means to follow Jesus, to be a disciple. Here are some of the main points:

  • When Jesus called his Disciples, he flipped the traditional system on its head. He didn’t call the religious elite; he called regular people.
  • Jesus’ disciples weren’t perfectly holy before he called them. And we don’t have to be either. It is in following him that we become more like him.
  • Discipleship is a process, not a program. It is the process of following Jesus and becoming more like him.
  • It is also the process of becoming more yourself. St Catherine of Siena said, “Become who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”


  • ASK: What are you most excited about with this group? What are you most hesitant about?

  • SHARE: How would you describe your relationship with Jesus right now? If it's not as close as you would like, what is holding you back?

  • DISCUSS: I heard that the way that Jesus chose his Disciples was very different that they way it had been done historically. Can you explain that to me? What does that mean to you?

  • PRAY: Read through the theme scripture from tonight (below), slowly, listening for what God is saying to you through the passage. Perhaps use the lectio divina method to guide you:


“As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18-22)
NEXT Candidate Session
Wednesday, Oct. 21st
7:00-8:30 pm

(Reminder: There is no session on October 14th, as the fall sessions are on every other Wednesday in October & November.)

To access the entire year's Confirmation calendar,
click the button below to go to the Confirmation 2021 page:

Tonight I mentioned our new monthly prayer & service event, Mass & Mercy Night!

  • ALL Confirmation families are invited to participate in Mass & Mercy Nights, even those not required to participate in Sunday evening faith formation!

Sunday Evening Faith Formation Has Begun!
students must also participate in for High School Faith Formation
(in person or virtual) during the year of preparation for Confirmation.

All our Catholic school students are warmly invited
to register and join us, too!

Be sure you have registered online & get the details at:

Candidates AND Parents:
Interested in helping out with middle school and/or high school faith formation? We can still use more team members, so let me know.
Payment Methods Reminder:

You can always send a check for payment to:
801 Stevenson Road, Severn, MD 21144

Checks should be made payable to "St. Bernadette Parish" and should include the child's/children's name(s) & program(s) in the memo line.

Online payment portal for Confirmation ($150) is now live:

Those also paying for Faith Formation can access
online payment for that program ($50 per child) here:

Or you can use Venmo: @STB801

Donations to help cover the cost for those unable to pay, or to allow us to spring for resources or technology we might otherwise forgo, are also always welcome. Interested? Let's talk!

Come, Holy Spirit!

Ms. Rena