From the Pastor

Dear Community of St. Bernard,

We invite you to join with St. Mary Parish for our Lenten Mission conducted by Franciscan Father Albert Haase on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Evenings (February 19-21) at 7:00pm in St. Bernard church.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We make room for anyone looking for spiritual input, renewal, and the opportunity to make the best Lent ever.  No reservations are needed.  Parking is available in the church lot and West Campus Parking Garage.  Yes…free.

Lent begins this year on February 14 with the Distribution of Blessed Ashes.  It is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation, but many Catholics choose to begin this Penitential Season by attending the Daily Mass.  Some even go to Mass throughout the Lenten Season as a means of spiritual sacrifice and renewal.  Whatever you are thinking of doing for Lent consider that if it is worth giving up for Lent or doing for Lent, that it might be worth doing year round.

Take five minutes to view our Feature Video on the purpose of the Lenten Season.  Also don’t forget you get more spiritual in-put on our FORMED.ORG online program.  Check out how to register using our parish code: 678GQQ.

Please pray for all the Elect of our Diocese preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at Easter.  In St. Bernard Parish, please pray daily for Garrett Anderson who is Elect.

A Blessed Lent,
Fr. Dan

Upcoming Events

Blessing of St. Blase
Saturday, February 3 after 4:30 Mass –  The Blessing of Throats will be prayed for those requesting the intercession of St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr, for healing and protection of throat illnesses.

Retiro Parroquial
Sunday, February 4 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm – Sr. Johanna, O.P. will lead a pre-Lenten retreat for those in the parish who speak Spanish.  La monja de Nashville, TN va a presentar un retiro a la comunidad que hable espanol.  Todos estan invitados.

Formacion Basica
Saturday, February 10 at 2:00pm – The second class on Basic Formation of leadership in the parish.  La primera clase de Formacion Basica de los lideres en la parroquia.  Todos estan invitados.

Pastoral Council
Meets on Feb. 13 – a Tuesday – this month only.  Then back to the second Monday of the month at the same time, 6:30pm in the Parish House.

Ash Wednesday/Miercoles de Cenizas
Please check the home page header for the Distribution of Ashes at various times and locations on this day.

Parish Lenten Mission
Our Lenten Mission with St. Mary Parish begins Monday, Feb. 19 at 7:00pm in St. Bernard church. You are welcome to join us tonight and the following two consecutive nights. Our Lenten preacher is the Franciscan priest and preacher, Fr. Albert Haase, OFM. All are invited to attend.

Presidents’ Day
Due to the number of people who work on this Federal Holiday, the Daily Mass is at its regular time: 12:10pm.



Have you ever considered being part of a Catholic Men’s organization?  Men who are followers of Jesus Christ through prayer and charitable works.  Then consider this world wide organization known as the K of C.  They meet here at St. Bernard monthly and can be reach via the parish office for more information.  Also, you will find pamphlets on the Kiosk at the church front entrance.

Once again will gather on Wednesdays at 6:30pm for a free dinner and social hour.  Let’s support one another as RooCatholics: learn about events at the University, grow in faith with input from guest speakers, celebrate the Sacraments of Christ’s grace, and much more.

With the latest papal instruction regarding the care of a deceased loved one’s ashes, we ask families to have their funeral director contact the church when burial arrangements have been made.  If you are not working with a funeral home, please contact a cemetery directly to make arrangements.  Questions may be directed a specific cemetery or to:
Holy Cross Cemetery Office
100 E. Waterloo, Akron
216-641-7575 ext. 7

HELP THE NEEDY who come to our Doors
Our Hot Meal Program would appreciate any of the following from their wish list:
Paper grocery bags (no newspaper bags)
Plastic grocery bags
Winter socks
Travel Size: soap, razors, shampoo, toothbrush

Please drop your donation off at the parish office during office hours or in the wooden box in the church lobby.

Retiro Parroquial y Formacion Basica

RETIRO PARROQUIAL – el 4 de Febrero del 2018 con Hma. Johanna, O.P.
Empezamos con la Santa Misa a las 12:00 de la tarde y seguimos con presentaciones para las familias y solteros – jovenes y mayores – es un tiempo cuaresmal con el Señor.  Hagan planes a asistir.  Inviten a un amigo o amiga.


Todos estan invitatdos a este programa diocesano para toda la familia.  Iniciamos las presentaciones el sabado, el 27 de enero.  El tema de la primera presentacion es “Cristianos con Autoestima”.  Ven al Salon Social para participar a las 2:00 de la tarde.  Invita a un amigo y amiga.

Mas informacion?  Llame a la oficina parroquial o a la oficina hispana 1-216-696-6525 ext. 4300.


Estacionamiento gratis
(Akron University Parking Broadway St. and State Rd. entrances)
Para más información (330) 253-5161.

CLASES DE PRIMERA CONFESION y COMUNION – Los lunes a las 6:30-7:30pm en el salon historico.  Registracion fue en agosto y septiembre.  Los padres pueden empezar instrucciones por asistir la misa los domingos a las 12:00pm.

ROSARIOS – los sábados del mes a las 7 pm.  Favor de llamar al 815-603-6724 por la direccion de la casa y mas informacion.

CONFESIONES – Hay sacerdote disponible para absolver los pecados por el Espíritu Santo y el ministerio de la Iglesia: a las 3:00-4:00 de la tarde en la iglesia de St. Bernard, o por cita.

AVISO – NO PONGA las velas en el piso ni en el altar. Por favor póngalas en los contenedores de cristal en el altar de lado o en el bautisterio o arriésguese a que la vela sea quitada. Los códigos de fuego no lo permiten.

We Share – Parish Online Giving

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St. Bernard Parish has made Online Giving available for our weekly offerings, as well as Second Collections and other parish collections. Donating is simple, safe, and secure and takes less than five minutes. The following video explains our We Share program.

You’ll be able to give to any of our collections and view complete financial records at any time. Set up a one-time or recurring donation by following these three easy steps:

1. Click on the Online Giving link here:  DONATE ONLINE for St. Bernard Parish
2. Select the collection you wish to donate to and click to make a donation.
3. Enter your payment information.

That’s it. You can return at any time to edit your donation or to view your financial records.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Which payment methods are accepted?
A: Contributions from checking accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) are all accepted.

Q: Do parishioners receive receipts for their donations?
A: Yes, all contributors enrolled for online giving will receive receipts via e-mail.

Q: What if parishioners feel uncomfortable not having something to physically drop into the collection basket?
A: We provide printable donation slips that can be placed into the collection basket.

Q: Is WeShare safe?
A: Yes. We implement the safest security standards for online transactions and your privacy is protected at all times. We are certified with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) as a Level 1 Service Provider.

Q: How can I enroll and start donating?
A: Click on the link above or call the parish office for more information.

This is a convenient and secure way to donate whether you are home or away; whether you like using your contribution envelopes or not.  You choose when and how much to share for your Sunday offering, Second Collections, Holy Days, and to the Memorial Trust (building fund).  Participating parishioners can download cards to place in the Collection Basket indicating you gave online.

Call the parish office for more information or help on how to register, 330-253-5161.

Inmediatamente se puede hacer donaciones y apoyo a su parroquia de St. Bernard por la internet.  Hay mas informacion en la boletin domenical.  Es seguro, es facil, es conveniente.  Done hoy contarjeta de debito o de credito o desde su cuenta de cheques o de ahorros.  Click:  GIVE ONLINE for St. Bernard Parish.  O llame a la oficina parroquial para obtener mas informacion 330-253-5161.


Newman Center – RooCatholic


All UA Students are invited to be with us at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays for a free dinner in the Newman Center located on the top floor of the Parish Office Building.

Watch for upcoming presentations and events for WEDNESAYS with RooCatholic:

January 14, 2018 – Student Return for Spring

February 14 – Ash Wednesday – Mass in the Student Union with the distribution of ashes
Lent begins today: Fast between meals and Abstain from meat

February 18-21 – St. Bernard Parish Mission – 7:00pm – Students are encouraged to attend

March 29 – Newman Center is closed for UA Spring Break

April 1 – Easter Sunday

May ?? – End of the Year Party and Graduate’s Farewell

Check for latest and upcoming Newman activities in the parish bulletin, or at their website:

Blessed Sacrament Chapel

We now provide a quiet, reverent and secure place for private prayer before Our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist.  You are welcome to stop for prayer, adoration, and reflection.

We strongly encourage making time this week as students are returning to classrooms. They certainly could benefit from our prayers and example.  Always remember to give thanks that the Lord “has made you worthy to be in his presence and to minister to him” (Eucharistic Prayer II).

Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held each day in the former convent chapel and entry is off the lower parking lot or through the parish offices.  Look for the door marked “Blessed Sacrament Chapel”.  Please respect this sacred space by not carrying on conversations or reading non-religious materials in the chapel.

The Heart of Christ in the Heart of Akron.  He waits for you.


Catholic Media Programs at FORMED.ORG

Dear Friends of St. Bernard,

We are happy to provide to you FREE OF CHARGE this incredible opportunity to grow in your Catholic faith and your relationship with Jesus Christ.

FORMED.ORG – Catholicism on Demand
An Online Faith Formation Program for YOU!
Un programa de formación en la Fe Católica por internet para USTED!

Simply follow these instructions to register:

Go to;
Click “Register”;
Enter our case sensitive parish code – 678GQQ.
Register your name and address
Create a Username and Password
VERY IMPORTANT STEP:  GO to your email and VERIFY your registration.
Then go back to and “Login” any time with your Username and Password.

It’s here!  It’s for you!  It’s absolutely FREE!   Anyone in our St. Bernard or St. Mary Communities will now have access to Catholic Movies, eBooks, Talks, Study programs, Scripture and Church Teachings, and more at your fingertips – computer, smartphone, tablet, etc. – wherever you have internet access.  And it’s not just for Lent.


For the Glory of God,

Fr. Dan

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