Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213: "Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: 'Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.'"

Infant/Child Baptism: St. Bernadette requires a Baptismal Preparation class for parents welcoming their first child. The class, which runs approximately 1 hour, is scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month. In addition, a copy of the child's birth certificate is required.

Once the class is taken, or if a class is unnecessary, the Baptism may be scheduled. Baptisms take place at 2:00pm on the third Sunday of the month.

Adult baptism: Any adults seeking Baptism are kindly asked to contact the parish office to make arrangements.


Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1422: "Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is typically received in Second Grade.

Clergy are available for Confessions on Saturdays from 1:00-2:00pm and from 4:30-5:10 pm, before Daily Masses (Monday through Saturday, 6:30am and 8:30am), or by appointment.


First Communions typically happen during the month of May for our Second Graders. For more information, please contact either our parish school or the religious education office.


Couples must contact the parish six months prior to their anticipated wedding date, in accordance with our diocesan guidelines. They must also meet with the priest before setting the date of the ceremony. Please call the parish office to make an appointment.

Holy Orders

Ever thought about becoming a priest, deacon, or a religious brother or sister? Do you feel like God is calling you? If so, please feel free to speak to any of our priests or sisters here at the parish. If you would like more information, please check out the website of our vocations office and send them an e-mail:

Anointing of the Sick

St. Bernadette's seeks to meet the spiritual needs of all her parishioners, in particular those who are homebound.

To request a visit from our parish, please contact the parish office.

If there is ever an emergency and a loved one is in danger of death, please dial the rectory phone number and dial 3 for the emergency line. Please stay on the line while it rings until your call reaches one of our resident priests. Any available priest will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Rectory Phone: 718-837-3400