Activities & Concerns

Sister Parish Ministry - St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

St. Bernardine’s is delighted to be the sister parish of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Columbia, MD.  The ministry was officially launched on Pentecost Sunday, when the Church celebrates the unity of believers in the midst of diversity.

The Sister Parish relationship seeks to join two parishes of diverse backgrounds in the celebration and witness of our common faith in Jesus Christ.  We look to engage in many ministries together: worship, education, evangelization, service, and stewardship.  In so doing, we not only hope to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to others, we expect to grow in mutual love and understanding ourselves.

The Sister Parish Ministry seeks volunteers who wish to foster the Mission and Vision of our two parishes.  For more information, please contact Fr. Rich.



Our purpose is to help the Church and the community in a religious, charitable, and educational way. You need no special skills. You must be a Catholic lay or religious woman, 18 years of age or older. The contact person is the Regent, JoAnn Thomas, 443-929-9529,


Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas - JCDA

We strive to promote the development of the whole person through programs of self-identity, personal growth, and peer group relationships. There are no special skills required.  Membership is for young women, ages 6-18. For information, contact Denise Stanley,, 410-362-8664 x116; or Adrian Keel, 410-294-2066.


Gold Dome Club

We are a group of seniors who come together spiritually and socially, to enhance the lives of our members and the community. Our meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at 12:30 pm in Harcum Hall. The only skill needed is to be a good loving person, at least 50 years of age. The contact person is Dr. Everett Garnett, 410-362-8664.


Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic family, fraternal organization of Catholic men. Members of the Knights are encouraged to be more effective Catholics, to be associated with and meet other Catholic men and their families, to help others in a meaningful and organized way, and thus to achieve a truly unique sense of accomplishment.  The Grand Knight is Peter Hammerer, (410) 433-1102.


Young Adults

Young adults at St. Bernardine’s, from ages 19-35, participate in an Archdiocesan group of young adults from through Baltimore City, who fellowship and socialize to support each other in their faith.  The contact person at St. Bernardine’s is Brandon (B.J.) Pinkney, (443) 527-3524.

Youth Group

The youth ministry provides a spiritual and healthy environment for our youth (ages 13-18) to grow, learn, achieve, and demonstrate leadership skills through Church and social activities. The youth group meets the first Sunday of each month, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., in the Youth Room in the Parish Center. The skill needed is simply a desire to learn and share. The contact person is Valerie Anderson, 410-499-6205.

Metropolitan Communicators (Formally ITC)

The purpose of the Metropolitan Communicators is to provide opportunities for self improvement in communication and leadership skills, and training in conducting productive meetings. There is no age limit. The contact person is Pamela Maith, 410-375-0839.


SBCC Parish Softball Team (Co-Ed)

St. Bernardine’s fields an adult co-ed softball team in a Christian softball league each spring/summer, playing against other churches in the metropolitan area.  All teams MUST be co-ed.  If you are 18 and above, you are eligible to play. There are spring practices to begin the season.  The contact person is Peter Hammerer, 410-433-1102.

Baltimore Threads (Sewing Ministry) 

Baltimore Threads is one of sixteen sewing groups under the Maryland Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  We are dedicated to keeping the art of sewing alive!!!  If you have an interest in sewing (beginners to expert level) please check us out.  We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month in the Parish Center, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Some of the fun sewing projects we have worked on include:  making a knit top, a sewing machine cover, pillow cases, tote bags, pincushion/thread catcher, a knit jacket, and a sheath dress.  Lessons in skill-building are also taught (e.g., how to fit patterns, zippers, and many other sewing techniques).  We also enjoy community service sewing (pillow cases for Ronald McDonald house, blankets for hospitals and nursing homes, layettes for babies in third world countries, to name a few). Please drop by and join in the fun!  Contact Tee Jones-Actie at 410-566-1151, Also check out our website, The American Sewing Guild and Home - Maryland Chapter American Sewing Guild.


Comfort Food Committee

This committee prepares and provides meals for families following a funeral, while providing a warm atmosphere for the families as they gather for the funeral repasts. They are assisted by the Hospitality Ministry, who sets up before the meal, serves the meal, and then cleans up after the meal. The contact person is JoAnn Thomas, 443-929-9529,

Food Pantry

The purpose of the food pantry is to provide a 3-day supply of food to persons in emergency situations. We are open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, at the rectory. The only skill needed is a willingness to help. Contact Person is Regina Belt,, or Denise Stanley, 410-362-8664 x116.

Grief Healing "Bereavement" Ministry

This Ministry is a free service that provides a source of love, care, and support to those who grieve the death of a loved one. The service is completely confidential with certified advisors to help during your time of need. For more information, especially if you would like to serve as a member, contact Sean Lee,


Hats For Love Ministry

This ministry was founded in 2011. Its purpose is to crochet or knit hats for persons in need. Each member commits to making a minimum, of one hat per month, for a total of 12 for the year. The hats are distributed with a prayer card and information on our church location and mass times. We have distributed hats to My Sisters Place, St. Bernardine’s Food Pantry, former Head Start, Community Dinner, Youth Group Blanket/Sandwich drive, several Senior Centers, Hope House, Fr. Ned’s Sandwich Drive, and New Pathways Outreach drive. To date, 810 hats have been distributed. Contact person is Kathleen Mason, 410-298-1383 (home); 443-520-1025 (cell).


The Hospitality Ministry provides a warm atmosphere for the bereaved families as they gather for the funeral repast. They set up before, serve during the repast and clean up after. The Hospitality Ministry also assists at church anniversary/homecoming dinners. The only skill needed is to be willing to prepare, serve, and work for Jesus. The contact person is Queen Holt, 410-945-2458


Men's Group

Men United Spiritually in Christ (M.U.S.I.C.) serves as the overarching umbrella for all men’s ministries within the church. M.U.S.I.C. consist of a core group of men committed to the primary goal of uniting all men to serve and support the mission of the church through fundraising, planned giving, community outreach, education, leadership, and mentoring. All men are encouraged and welcome to join this dynamic group of Christian men. The contact person is Deacon Paul Barksdale, 410-945-5899, or James Butler, 410-496-5150.

Narcotics Anonymous

We provide support through group participation in staying free of former addiction to drugs. The only skill needed is to have a Love of God and be willing to share that Love in support of those trying to free themselves of addictions. Meetings are held each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Harcum Hall.

Women's Club

Our purpose is to grow in faith, spiritually and socially, to work together in helping the Church financially and for the betterment of our community. We need women 18 & older, who are sincere and willing to work. The contact person is Ivalyn “Tee” Jones-Actie, 410-566-1151.