Dear Community of St. Bernard,
Blessings on your Advent Season! As we enter a new liturgical year of actively waiting for the Lord’s return, we will gather each Sunday to hear the Gospel of St. Mark, break the Bread and share the Chalice. The night before Jesus died for us he asked his disciples to remember him by taking and eating – and – taking and drinking. If you have been away from Christ and his Church we welcome you to join us in prayer during this special time of the year.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated this Wednesday, December 6 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm in St. Bernard, St. Sebastian, and St. Vincent Parishes. The best preparation for this Season is turning from sin and being reconciled with God. Consider this opportunity on Dec. 6, or any Saturday from 3:00-4:00pm at St. Bernard.
This week Schantz Organ Company completed the installation of our restored pipe organ. Look up to see how the pipes are now placed in the loft to enhance the stained glass window of St. Cecilia, patroness of liturgical music, and to allow more sunlight in. Over the next few weeks the pipes will be tuned with our new three-manual console (2017 edition). Everything should be in perfect pitch by the time we gather on January 21, 2018 at 3:00pm to bless the organ and hear what it can do in a free organ recital. Save the date.
Our Giving Trees are in the church. Please take an ornament for Akron Pregnancy Center (Green) and/or St. Bernard Hunger Program (Beige). Follow the instructions and return your gift to the tree by December 17th. Thank you for helping a parent bring a child into the world – and/or – clothing one of our Hunger Program Guests for the winter.
Peace and Good,