Christian Formation

Adult Religious Formation assists the Pastor in carrying out the work of the Church to baptize and to teach. Its mission is to provide educational programs for adults that are intrinsically linked to the Church’s sacramental and liturgical life, sacred Scripture, and Church tradition. The goal of these programs is to initiate people into the mystery of Christ through religious instruction based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Faith, the Celebration of the Christian Mystery, Life in Christ, and Christian Prayer.
Contact Phil Vitale at 505-298-6765 or email:

The Baptism Team prepares families for the baptism of their infants. The team holds preparation classes for parents on the first Monday of the month. The team that prepares the parents also assists them with the baptism during the Mass. Meets the first Monday of the month in the Multi-Purpose Building room B-12/14 from 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm.
Contact Judy Estrada at 505-298-7557 or email:

The Book Ministry is a service that seeks to make parish members aware of current Christian literature, video and audio media, and sacramental items. Ministry members purchase the items and make them available after Sunday Masses three times a year. The latest additions to the Parish Library are on display at these sales.
Contact Jimmy & Cecilia Juarez at 505-298-7557 or email:

The Shrine of St. Bernadette charters a Boy Scout Troop within the national BSA program. The program uses methods such as community service, youth leadership, advancement, the outdoor program, and adult role models to develop young men who are good citizens, physically fit and of high moral character. Components are used that emphasize the connection between the youth’s faith life and Scouting. The program is open to all boys between the ages of 11 and 17.
Contact Brian Thompson at 505-228-3198

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word meets on Sundays during the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Masses for approximately 20 minutes from September through Pentecost Sunday. The Presider dismisses the children after the opening prayer at Mass, and the children walk to their classroom with the adult volunteers. The ministry addresses the first reading, the Psalm, the Gospel and the Children’s Creed. One of the adult volunteers gives a reflection each Sunday regarding the readings, following the materials provided by the Church. The adult volunteers return the children to their parents in Mass at the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Word. The ministry focuses on bringing the Liturgy of the Word to children by using concepts children understand, and relating the scripture to their daily lives.
Contact Levi Romero 247-6830 or email

The Library Ministry provides contemporary and traditional materials, mostly with a spiritual orientation, in the form of books, DVD’s and CD’s. There is no charge for borrowed items. The library has its own permanent space in the Multi-purpose building and is open four mornings a week.
Contact Judith Hatheway & Jimmy Juarez at 505-247-6831 or email:

The Religious Education Ministry provides the instruction for the CCD classes for grades K–6, and confirmation. Classes meet during the school year (September – May). Each class meets once a week. Teachers attend an annual formation program under the guidance of the Director of Christian Formation.

Contact Levi Romero, Director of Religious Education 505-247-6831, or email Levi Romero