From the Pastor

Dear Community of St. Bernard,

Each year we share our faith and gifts with our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world on Mission Sunday.  The weekend of August 12/13 we welcome Fr. Fernando Caindec from the Diocese of Sarogon, Philippines.  He will share how the faith is enriched and vocations supported in their diocese with our help.

A reminder that our Annual Parish Picnic will be held at Firestone Metro Park (off of Harrington Rd.) on the Feast Day of St. Bernard, Sunday, August 20th.  A bilingual Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 at the Park (NO NOON MASS IN THE CHURCH nor COFFEE AND DONUT HOUR).  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages will be provided.  Please bring a side dish to share, a folding chair for the Mass, and any outdoor games.

I also invite you to download our weekly bulletin during these summer months for my message to our regulars and our visitors.  Along with the parish staff, we hope this is a relaxing and enjoyable summer for you and your family.

If traveling be open to the presence of Christ in those you meet, visit a local parish church, attend a Sunday Mass, bring back a bulletin, and come home safely.

Fr. Dan

Church Organ Fund

Dear Friends of St. Bernard,

In fall 2012, we began an all-out-effort to restore and expand our 111-year-old church organ. The last major restoration had been 60 years ago. 

Having reached the estimated goal to begin the restoration, we are in the contract phase with Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio.  The restoration has begun and will be completed by the end of 2017.  In this time we plan to raise the difference between the estimated funds and actual funds: $40,000.

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

The Schantz Organ Company installed our church organ in 1905.  We are fortunate to have a committed team who care not only for our pipe organ, but for one of their own. The restoration by Schantz will provide us with another 70-80 years of liturgical music. Their proposal, and so the difference in price, includes a new 2017 organ console, not a rebuilt one, as originally proposed.  The construction of wind chests will be done by them.  The refinishing and replacing of missing pipes is included.  All in all, it will be complete restoration of the organ they installed a century ago, yet with room for expansion if desired in the future.

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.

In memory of a loved one(s):
$100.00 per pipe or
$6,000 for a rank of 61 pipes (over 24 months)

For the Glory of God, Fr. Dan

Blessed Sacrament Chapel


THE BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL –  Is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm for anyone to make a visit before the Lord in the Eucharist.  This time of quiet prayer in the heart of downtown Akron is a blessing to many.

At any time of the year, but especially this week when we celebrate the Feast of His Body and Blood, you are invited to spend a few minutes or an hour with Him.

For your comfort a washroom is available and security cameras are in the chapel.  If for some reason the lower entry door is locked please come to the parish office for access.