Art and Environment

Volunteers who care for altar linens and vestments and clean the sanctuary, sacristy and church vestibules. They also may assist with flower arranging and preparing the church for liturgical seasons.


Singers and musicians are cordially invited to join our choir. We do not require tryouts and solo singing is always optional. Singing in the choir is a unique opportunity to participate in the Mass in a way many of us have found to be very fulfilling, spiritually. It is often said that, “Singing at Mass is like praying twice.” For more information, please contact Mikey Kishpaugh 442-1695.


Volunteers, adults and older children, who proclaim scriptures at masses. Workbooks are provided for practice and pronunciation. Training with the microphone is available. Current schedules for St. Bernard and St. Joseph here.

Ministers of the Altar

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Blessed Sacrament to the faithful at weekday and weekend Masses. Open to parishioners who have received the sacrament of Confirmation, and are in communion with the faith. Current schedules for St. Bernard and St. Joseph here.

Altar Servers

Children, and adults, who assist the clergy at masses. We welcome children in Grade 4 and older that have made their First Communion and display appropriate maturity. Training is provided.

Homebound Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers volunteer to bring communion to those parishioners who are sick at home, in a hospital or in a care facility and cannot come to Mass to receive communion.


Persons to distribute the weekly bulletin or missals, and give a warm hello. Children and families welcome.


Help to make sure that all is prepared in the sanctuary for the celebration of Mass. Qualified adults only.

Children/Youth Education Program (CCD)

Grades K-6. Read more about the Children’s Education program.


Grades 7-12 Read more about confirmation


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: An Invitation to Quench Our Deepest Longing. The human heart seems ultimately to manifest itself in the desire to be loved and to love in return. Until then, as St. Augustine said, our hearts are restless until they rest in God who is Love. As Catholic Christians, we are privileged to share God’s love through Mass, the sacraments and how we live our life.

Do you know someone thirsting for God? Do you know someone not baptized or baptized in a different Christian tradition thirsting to know what it means to be Catholic? Do you know someone already Catholic but who has not yet received Confirmation or the Eucharist? They may be thirsting, too!

RCIA is a place to ask questions and seek understanding about our Catholic faith. We would love for you to invite anyone you know who thirsts for the God who loves them. For more information, please contact Ann Lynch at 707-443-6741 or call the rectory office at 707-442-6466.

Young Adult Ministry

Ages 18-24. Meets at Sacred Heart Church, 2085 Myrtle Ave., Eureka. Contact the MSP Sisters, 707-505-5414.

Respect Life

Sponsors pro-life education and spiritual activities. This ministry works closely with the Humboldt Pro-life. Read more about the organization.

Bereavement Ministry

Please contact Deacon Frank Weber, 707-5615 or

Funeral Ministry

Assist families who wish to have a reception in the church hall following the service.

Advisory Committees

There are several on which qualified parishioners can serve. Examples: Parish Finance Council, Pastoral Advisory, Diocesan Pastoral Council, Diocesan Finance Council. Please talk to the pastor for more information.

Other Ministries

There are many ways that you can serve our parish. Some of these are on an ‘as needed’ basis. Please contact the office if you are able to give your time and talent to any of these:

Office Help | Computer Assistance | Telephone Caller | Money Counters | Mailing Crew | Graphic Designer | Church Cleaning | Altar Society | Flower Arranging | Maintenance | Gardening | Photographer | Assistant Webmaster | Painter | Plumber | Maintenance | Electrical | Hospitality | Parish Historian

St. Bernard Parish
615 H Street
Eureka, CA 95501