St. Bernadette Parish
Dear Parents,

In this session, we discussed the Kerygma, a Greek word meaning “gospel.” The heart of the gospel message can be broken down into 4 main points. This was the focus of the group’s discussion:

  • God loves you. Christianity is not an ideology but a Person. And this person, Jesus, loves you.
  • We live separated from God’s love. Something is broken, and we call this brokenness - both in the world and in ourselves - sin.
  • Jesus’ death and resurrection bridges that divide. It’s like when his arms were stretched out on the cross he reached across that gap between God’s love and human brokenness and made himself the bridge.
  • If this is all true, how do we respond? Those first 3 founding principles of the gospel are just principles unless we respond. Jesus is inviting you to follow him. Will you say yes? Will you give Jesus a chance?

Candidates were invited to pray a simple prayer inviting Jesus to be the center of their lives: "Jesus, if you are real, I invite you to show yourself to me."


  • ASK: What was something that stuck with you from your small group time or prayer time?

  • SHARE: When did you first hear about the kerygma? (It's ok if it's new to you, or you were an adult before you heard it or began to understand it.) What does it mean to you now?

  • DISCUSS: Do you remember the 4 points of the gospel or kerygma? What of those 4 points are easiest for you to believe? What is the hardest?

  • 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:

"In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.
In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.”
(1 John 4:9-10)

NEXT Candidate Session
Wednesday, Nov. 4th
7:00-8:30 pm

(Reminder: There is no session on October 28th, 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:

Begin thinking about who you would like to ask to be your Confirmation sponsor.

A sponsor for Confirmation:
  • may not be one of your parents
  • must be a Confirmed Catholic man or woman, age 16 or older
  • must be an practicing member of a Catholic parish
  • should be available to meet with you regularly
  • should be someone you respect and admire in faith

Whom to consider as a sponsor...
  • One (or both) of your godparents
  • A close aunt, uncle, older cousin
  • A close friend's mother or father
  • A former or current teacher or catechist

Our next Mass & Mercy Night is November 15th!

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

REMINDER: Sunday Evening Faith Formation Is In Full Swing!
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