This week you will notice a new bulletin cover. With the re-opening of St. Mary Parish we will have a shared bulletin, although the cover may change in time. The reason for a shared one is simple: our bulletin sponsors! Their generous support through advertisements enables us to communicate to you each weekend. Their support will enable us to share this bulletin in both parishes. Please thank them by your patronage to their business or by using their services.
Monday, August 20, is the Feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Happy Feast Day to all the St. Bernard Parishioners! Please say an extra prayer that day for his intercession as we form anew our Catholic community here in downtown Akron.
This past week we celebrated the first Mass of the re-established St. Mary Parish. It was on the Feast of the St. Mary Parishioners – the Assumption of Mary. The turnout was enormous – nearly 600 people. Former parishioners attended, alumni of the school attended, St. Bernard Parishioners were there too. It was a wonderful, prayerful event to begin the parish anew.
I want to thank all who were involved in planning the Mass, most of whom are St. Bernard Parishioners – all the liturgical ministers, hospitality organizers, the St. Mary School maintenance team – which this week included the principal! – and everyone I forgot to mention. Thank you so much for extending yourself to one of our Cluster Parishes – St. Mary.
Mass will begin at St. Mary this Sunday at 9:00am. I invite those who are still discerning whether to return to St. Mary, to stay where you are at. Come to St. Mary for Mass to see if you want to return. Then notify the pastor or parish office where you would like to make your commitment.
There is much to do in both parishes, and once again I will encourage people to GET INVOLVED. This week I had the opportunity to work alongside Pat Fabbro in the Bologna House. She was shorthanded and couldn’t pour coffee and hand out breakfast sandwiches by herself. Luckily I was walking by – or maybe not! Just kidding, Pat! It was all good!
Many of the men and women who come to us each morning depend on something to eat. And because of generous donors to our Hunger Fund we can provide something each morning. However, we can always use an extra pair of hands a couple days a week. If you could spare roughly 3 hours one morning, we could sure use the hand. Call the parish office and we’ll connect you with the Bologna House Leaders, Pam O’Neil and Jim Durkin.
This week our St. Mary School Faculty returns for another academic year. At last count we have 183 students enrolled. There has been an increase in Catholic students, mostly from Spanish-speaking families. What a blessing this is. We look forward to the leadership of our new principal, Mr. Terry Kowolski. We also have a new 5th Grade teacher, former St. Mary Parishioner now in Randolph, Bill Sullivan. Welcome to them and Welcome back to our dedicated Faculty and Staff. It’s going to be a fantastic year.
We welcome to the doors of St. Bernard this weekend the Little Sisters of the Poor. Please be as generous as you can to their ministry to the elderly and those in nursing care.
The Second Collection is to support the religious education programs in our diocese. This collection goes to help those in catechetical programs such as PSR and sacramental preparation in our diocese.
Religious education for those attending public or private schools will be available in September. Once the parishes are open I’ll be meeting with our catechists, Matt and Maryanne Jensen. We will then get information out regarding registration. Please be patient as we coordinate with our Cluster Parishes – St. Vincent and St. Sebastian – about enrollment in their religious education programs.
Last week we said ‘Farewell’ to our parish secretary, Beth Lowe. She will be sorely missed as she now takes on being a full-time Mom to her three children. We welcome our new secretary, Ms. Xochitl Taylor (pronounced, So-chee). When you call either the St. Bernard or St. Mary line it most likely will be Xochi answering the phone. She will serve both parishes.
Don’t forget the online book club for the parishes. We’ll be reading “The Promise” by Fr. Jonathan Morris. You can get a copy through Queen of Angels Religious Treasures at St. Joseph’s in Cuyahoga Falls. Also, the Rites of Justice Book club will resume this Tuesday in the Conference Room. All are invited.
Please call the parish office to register for the AFF Class, “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come”. It’s a 10-session bible study of the Book of Revelation. Cost is $5, and a study guide is available for $20.
In the next few weeks I’ll be contacting folks to formulate interim parish councils and finance councils for both parishes. Please be willing to get involved in the future of these communities.
Please pray for those in hospital, nursing homes, and homebound in our parishes. Peace, Fr. Dan