From the Pastor

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,
Fr. Dan

Advent and Christmas Schedule

Important Events in the Season of Advent up to Christmas Day

Sunday, Dec. 3 – The liturgical year begins with the First Sunday of Advent

Wednesday, Dec. 6 – 5:00pm – 8:00pm:  An Evening for Confessions – Priests will be available at St. Bernard, St. Sebastian, and St. Vincent Parishes to celebrate with you the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Patroness of the United States.  A day in which Catholics are obliged to attend Mass.
Dec. 7 – 5:30pm Vigil Mass at St. Bernard
Dec. 8 – 12:10pm Mass of the Day at St. Bernard
7:00pm Mass of the Day at St. Mary

Saturday, Dec. 9 – 4:30pm – Misa Bilingue en Honor de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe con Fiesta despues en el Salon Social.

Sunday, Dec. 10 – Second Sunday of Advent

Wednesday, Dec. 13 – 5:00pm – Volunteers are needed to set-up the Christmas Trees in the Sanctuary. Please join us. Youth welcome!

Friday – Sunday, Dec. 15 – Dec. 17 at 7:30pm – The Summit Choral Society will present their Seasonal Concert in St. Bernard church.

Sunday, Dec. 17 – Third Sunday of Advent
8:00pm Mass will be held at St. Mary church – 750 S. Main due to the Choral Society concert at St. Bernard.

Please have your Giving Tree Gift wrapped with ornament attached and brought to the church by the end of today, Dec. 17th.

Saturday, Dec. 23 – 9:00am – 11:00am – Volunteers are needed to help decorate the church for the Christmas Season: set out plants, erect the nativity set, etc.  Youth welcome!  Bring a friend!

Sunday Morning, Dec. 24 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Masses are at 10am and 12:00 Noon

Sunday Evening, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Masses
4:30pm – Children’s Mass
7:00pm – Bilingual Mass
12am – Midnight Mass with music at 11:40pm

Monday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
9:00am – Mass of the Day at St. Mary
10:00am – Mass of the Day at St. Bernard



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 Pantry and Lunch Hunger programs would appreciate any of the following from the wish list:
Paper grocery bags (no newspaper bags)
Plastic grocery bags
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.

La Misa Guadalupana y Fiesta


Iglesia Católica de San Bernardo
Los invita a la

Misa Bilingüe con Mariachi
Sábado, 9 de diciembre, 2017

44 University Ave. Akron, Ohio. 44308

Al terminar la misa seguiremos celebrando en el Salón Social con:
Música de Mariachi
Bailes Folklóricos
Deliciosas Comidas Hispanas

¡Entrada Gratis!

Comidas $5.00 cada plato
Sodas y Aguas Frescas $1.00
Tamales, Pozole y Postres a la carta

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.  La proxima registracion sera en febrero, 2018.  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.

Newman Center – RooCatholic

RooCatholics at the March for Life in DC January 27, 2017

RooCatholics at the March for Life in DC             January 27, 2017


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.

Join us February 1st to learn about our March for Life in Washington, DC.  And about other Newman Events.


Here are upcoming presentations and events for WEDNESAYS with RooCatholic:

February 1 – Pro-LIFE Night
February 15 – Theology of the Body: An Introduction
February 22 – Presentation by Scott Scalf

March 1 – Ash Wednesday: Fast between meals and Abstain from meat
  Mass at 5:30 pm in the Student Union, Ballroom A followed by a light dinner
March 8 – EXALT: contemporary reflection music in St. Bernard church
March 15 – Vocation Discernment Panel
  Lenten Night for Confessions from 5:00-8:00pm in St. Bernard church
March 22 – Presentation by Jack Heemskerk
March 29 – Newman Center is closed for UA Spring Break

April 5 – Pre-Easter Celebration
April 12 – Stations of the Cross in St. Bernard church
April 19 – St. JPII Night of the Arts in St. Bernard social hall
April 26 – Scavenger Hunt

May  3 – 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.


Pipe Organ Fund and Recital

Dear Friends of St. Bernard,

In fall 2012, we began an all-out-effort to restore and expand our 112-year-old church pipe organ. The last major restoration had been over 60 years ago. 

The Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio built our pipe organ and installed it in 1905.  We are happy and fortunate to have the original creator of this beautiful instrument restore it to its original voice.  On November 13 their construction team returned to our choir loft to begin the installation.  We plan to have the restored pipe organ in service by Christmas, 2017.  We have set a date for its re-dedication with a Prayer Service and Organ Recital on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3:00pm.  We are deeply appreciative to our many donors who have made this possible.

You can see the progress they are making on the restoration at the following website:

This restoration work by Schantz will provide us with another 70-80 years of liturgical music. 

We are still accepting any size donation to meet our over all goal of restoring this first-class instrument to its beauty when Fr. Broun had it installed in 1905.  Please make checks payable to the St. Bernard Organ Fund.

For the Glory of God,

Fr. Dan

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