St. Bernadette Parish Pastoral Council – PPC

  • Fr. Okafor
  • Deacon Doug Cross
  • Maureen Ferley
  • Doreen Howe
  • Bryce Simes
  • Gabrielle Bernardin
  • Val Bergeron
  • Victor Bernardin
  • Lynne Shillinglaw
  • Maribeth Dono
  • Tim Dono
  • Nancy Sam-Hunter
  • Laveena Noronha

If you have any questions or concerns contact the PPC at

Did you know that one of the three main Roles of our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is to listen to the needs of our Parish Congregation. We would love to hear from you; and are currently in the process of expanding our communication outlets to make it easier for you to communicate. In the meantime, if you have any comments/questions/concerns, please talk to one of our PPC members, or jot a note to us at PPC and leave it at the church office or in the collection plate. Or email us at

Together we can do great things for our Parish.

Mediation Services

On June 28th, Archbishop LeGatt announced that ‘Mediation Services’ will be providing listening teams to further support a “truth-telling” (listening) process. The first part of the listening process will take place between now and mid September.  The listening teams will begin by meeting with those who have been most directly involved in the life of the parish.  This would include past and present staff and committee members at the parish.  If you fit in this group, you are now welcome to call  ‘Mediation Services’ 204-925-3410′ to register.  Office hours are 8:30 am-4 pm, Monday to Friday.  Please note we are also compiling names of past and present staff and committee members, and will be reaching out to any on that list who have not called to register.

Mediation Services is an independent, not for profit organization specializing in conflict resolution and healing.  Our website is:    At the end of August, we will begin part 2 of the listening sessions with the broader membership of St. Bernadette parish (past and present); and will provide instructions again at that time as to how you can register for a meeting.

After listening to all who would like to share their story, we will report back to the Parish what we have heard, identifying unresolved issues; and we will discuss ways that the Parish can move forward.

When you call Mediation Services, you will be asked to share your name, phone number, email address and what your involvement at St. Bernadette has been (i.e. parishioner, committee member, staff person).  This information will be passed on to listeners who will then set up a meeting with you.  This will be a CONFIDENTIAL process.  In our reports, nothing you say will be attributed to any particular person.  Only themes and patterns will be identified.

Listening can happen at Mediation Services (302-1200 Portage Avenue) offices; or by phone; using Zoom; or at a place of your choosing.

If you are confused, do not hesitate to call Mediation Services.  We would like to include as many of you as possible in this listening process.  We appreciate that this may be new for many of you, and we would like to be open and transparent.  All questions are welcome.  Note it may take a day or two to respond to your calls. We ask for your patience.   

Janet Schmidt – Mediation Services 

Hallow App

Are you always on the go and can’t attend our Parish programs, but are still searching for a deeper spiritual life? And are you wanting to learn more, or refresh yourself about the bible and the meanings behind our faith and church service? Are you trying to connect more with friends, family, parish, prayer groups, or community to share prayers, intentions and reflections; so you can grow together in faith? Then the App ‘HALLOW’ may be for you. It is the #1 Catholic Meditation, Prayer, Intentions, and Reflection App with something for everyone, including the younger generation. Check our their website at: for more information and a free trial.


Heavenly Father, thank you for gathering us together as St. Bernadette Parish. We come before you, conscious of our failings, united in Your name and longing for your blessing.

Lord Jesus, grant us wisdom and forgiveness. Teach us to grow, love, share, and renew our lives. Help us to learn from the past and enter confidently into the future. Help us to cherish, value and respect one another as the Body of Christ.

Holy Spirit, inspire us to offer our gifts and talents where needed. Help us to become flames of faith, hope and love, in our families, in our communities, and in our workplaces. Help us to tend to the needy and the sick, to welcome the stranger and the outcast. 

Holy Trinity, guide us as we discern Your will for the spiritual renewal and growth of our parish. Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our path. You desire justice for all; enable us to uphold the rights of others.  Through patience, love, and true charity lead us forward in Your Light.


St. Bernadette, pray for us. St. Boniface, pray for us. All Holy men and women, pray for us.