From the Pastor, March 1

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Dear Community of St. Bernard,

The Catholic Charities In-Pew Appeal was held last weekend. Thank you for your support. This Sunday will be another opportunity for those who have yet to respond, especially at 8pm Mass.

Our Lenten Catechumenate Speakers have kept their word: “no more than one hour”. Come for one hour – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm – and hear the Good News about Jesus Christ!

Wednesday – An Evening of Confession – 5-8pm in St. Bernard church. A priest will be here for you as in all Catholic churches in the Diocese.

The renovation of the sanctuary floor has begun. Pardon our dust for about three weeks.

Fr. Norm Douglas is extra busy in Lent due to his Mission commitments. Please keep him in your prayers and welcome our visiting priests.

Prayers too for the Elect of our community preparing for Sacraments.         Blessings, Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Feb 22

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Dear Community of St. Bernard,

The Catholic Charities In-Pew Appeal is held at all Masses this weekend. The ushers will assist in passing out and collecting your 2015 pledge to assist the needy in Northeast Ohio.

Our Lenten Catechumenate Way started this past week, but it is never too late to come and listen. One hour – Tuesdays and Thursdays – is a good way to counter sloth (Do you say slawth? or sloath?) Either way, this sin of laziness is deadly! It makes one sluggish about God, faith, devotion, and the practice of faith. Turn to God and Live!

Did you notice something different in the church this weekend? One difference is the kiosk at the front entrance with CDs, DVDs, books and pamphlets – to help prevent sloth! A couple of the CDs are perfect for Lent and Easter; and to listen to on your drive home. Suggested donations: $2-$5.

The other difference is the sanctuary floor. Thanks to a generous donation from our Knights of Columbus Council 547 and an anonymous donor, the marble sanctuary floor will be refinished and a new carpet will be installed by Easter.

Plan on a special event of Sacred Music next Saturday, February 28 at 7:30pm here in the church. The QUIRE CLEVELAND will perform the “Song of Songs”. This Book is one of the most sensuous in the Bible and a huge favorite to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) who wrote volumes of commentary on this Scripture text. Come hear portions of it by this a capella choir.

Volunteers for our Hunger Programs are welcome. However, we ask that volunteer groups please call the parish office in advance to be sure other groups are not already scheduled. Thanks!

Men interested in attending the Diocesan Men’s Conference in Cleveland on March 21st, please contact the parish office for more info.

Finally, please remember that Catholics 14 years old and up are required to abstain from meat on Fridays of Lent; and those 18-59 years of age are also to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

See you Tuesday at 7:00pm!           Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Feb 8

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Dear Community of St. Bernard,

Jack and Joan Craig, Fr. Paul Passart, Marcin and Andrew form the Neo-Catechumenate Team that will be with us throughout the Lenten Season. They will speak at next Sunday’s Masses about the presentations they will be providing us. Please begin to mark your calendars for Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm. Childcare will be provided and headsets are available for Spanish translations.

If you missed the Blessing of St. Blaise on Tuesday, kindly ask a priest or deacon, who would gladly pray the blessing for your throat so that God preserve you from all its ailments.

The pastoral council will meet Monday, February 9th at 6:30pm.

This Wednesday, Feb. 11th, Bishop Richard Lennon will be here to share a meal with the Newman Students in the Center. He will then celebrate Mass in the church around 7pm. All are welcome to come pray with our bishop and the UA Catholic Students.

Congratulations to our custodian, Ralph Reese and his wife, Jo Ann, who are celebrating 42 years of Marriage this Saturday with a blessing at the 4:30 Mass.

Then next Saturday, Feb. 14, during the 4:30 Mass, Aimee Behrend and Randy Feesler will ask God’s blessing as they begin their married life at God’s altar with us.

Thank you for your support last week to the El Salvador Mission. Our diocese has served the Church there for fifty years. Our prayers for former pastor, Fr. Paul Schindler, and the other Cleveland missionaries on assignment in Latin America.

May the Lord bless and keep you in his care.

The prayer below comes from a brilliant mind that could write tomes on theology and yet have it stir a simple desire…a love for God. Don’t forget that true love begins with God, exists in God, and never ends for God! He cannot deny himself! Pray always! Remain in His love!     Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Feb 1

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VISITATION OF MARY – 200 CLUB – only $52 per person for the year! For 8 months, two lucky people will win $100 each. PLUS in March and September,there will be an additional drawing for $500! The first drawing will be February 20th. For information or to sign up, contact Jerry at 330-376-9227 or 330-535-4141, ext. 12.

 

CULTURE & ARTS AT ST. SEBASTIAN- The academy offers courses in arts, music, language and other cultural subjects, and is for persons of all ages. The next set of classes will begin in early February, and registrations are now being accepted. To register, or learn more about the academy instructors, please visit: www.stsebastian.org/academy.

 

Dear Community of St. Bernard,

Please be prepared for upcoming events in the parish during the month of February:

Our Lenten Mission conducted by the Neo-Catechumentate Team coming from NJ. Come and listen on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm beginning February 17 – Mardi Gras.

Ash Wednesday is February 18. Although not a holyday of obligation, many choose to attend Mass or a prayer service to receive ashes. A schedule of services and Masses will be posted.

The Annual Catholic Charities Appeal has begun. Many past contributors have been contacted through the mail. An in-pew appeal will occur at all the Masses the weekend of February 21/22.

The prayer below comes from a brilliant mind that could write tomes on theology and yet have it stir a simple desire…a love for God. Don’t forget that true love begins with God, exists in God, and never ends for God! He cannot deny himself! Pray always! Remain in His love!     Fr. Dan

The Traditioning of St. Bernard Parish

27 June 2010 – The Traditioning of St. Bernard Parish In the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians we read “I handed on to you first of all what I myself received…” Handing on life and faith is at the heart of our religion. God hands over life to creation. In our redemption the Father hands over His Son to us. Together the Father and the Son hand over the Spirit to us. Jesus hands over Himself to the Church and in the Eucharist. Continue reading