The pastoral care of God’s people is an integral part of the life and ministry of St Bernadette’s Catholic Church. Under the leadership of the priest, we provide pastoral support and resources which meet the needs of members of the community, and which call forward those with the gifts and talents to be of service.
Pastoral care includes guidance and assistance with life's transitions and crises through support groups and other resources; visits to those who are home bound or in care facilities; as well as prayer and moral support on behalf of the parish community.
Forth Valley Royal Hospital Chaplain
Fr John can be contacted if you would like a visit arranged for parishioners in hospital.
Ministry to the Sick
St Bernadette’s Communion Ministers can take communion weekly to the housebound in the parish at home, in the nursing homes within the parish boundaries, in Falkirk Community Hospital and Forth Valley Royal Hospital. If you’d like to take advantage of this parish service, please speak Fr John. The Sacrament of Anointing is available on request by getting in touch with the priest, and it is recommended that you receive this sacrament before being admitted to hospital for any major surgery. If you’re being admitted to hospital you should inform the parish priest.
Most years there are adults who wish to be received into the Roman Catholic Church through our parish. Normally, this is celebrated publicly in various liturgical ceremonies on certain Sundays and culminating at the Easter Vigil, marking the stages of the process of becoming a Roman Catholic. The R.C.I.A. team also meets weekly with candidates in order to share their Catholic faith with them and help candidates reach a deeper understanding of what it means to be part of the church. If you want to learn more about the basics of Catholic belief or you’re willing to help in leading the group, you will be very welcome to participate.
Any interested adult should contact Fr John by August.
St Bernadette’s Primary School Parent Council
Strong links have been forged with parishioners and the local primary school through this group and the parish works closely with the school. Parishioners hold a coffee morning the last Wednesday of each month in the school, to which all are welcome.
Our senior citizens are vital and active participants in both the parish and the community at large. Those finding it difficult to get to church can request transportation.
The social committee provides opportunities for them to enjoy a summer outing and Christmas get together.