From the Pastor, July 20

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DEAR PARISHIONERS,

This weekend we welcome to St. Bernard Parish, Fr. Joseph Nelson, OFM, a Franciscan Friar from the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe in New Mexico.  (Please see the information on their Ministries in today’s bulletin.)  For over 100 years the Franciscans have ministered to some of the poorest and isolated peoples in the   Southwestern U.S.  Father will ask us to support the ministries of his community.  Please be generous as you are able.  Thanks.

Need a mortgage to go out to a movie?  Looking for some free family entertainment?  Check out the Parish Family Movie Night held here in the Newman Center.  On Friday, July 25 at 7:00pm we’ll be showing the movie “Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure” (2012 – NR) starring Kirk Cameron.  It is an exciting documentary that illustrates the history of the Pilgrims and America’s beginnings in the Northeast.  Refreshments are provided but bring some popcorn if you like.  Contact parishioners Michael and Kelsey Hess (first-time parents) at 567-230-6869.

Our thanks to Jim Kintz and the music ministers at last Sunday’s Mass for the Italian- American Festival in downtown Akron.  We provided a beautiful site for worshipping God.  We welcomed back Fr. Peter Coletti, our guest homilist who was assigned this community many years ago.  And, the sacrifice of the congregation provided the Italian-American Committee $986.00 for their worthy causes, such as scholarships to local youth.

Fr. Frank Basa has been away this week.  He will return tomorrow from Bilings, Montana.  He joined the members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas for their national convention.  Fr. Basa has served this organization for many years as their regional chaplain.

This past week Christian Burial was given to a former teacher of St. Bernard School, Sr. Beatrice Fitzgerald, OP.  Sister was well known for her love for the Lord and dedicated service to the parishes in Akron.  May she rest in peace.

During the summer months many are away on vacation, especially our University of Akron students.  If you are an altar server, reader, or Eucharistic minister – please be aware that we are short handed.  We appreciate your checking to see if we need assistance, especially at the 8pm Sunday Mass.

Congratulations to former UA student and Newman Ministry team member, Maria Bedell, who was married here on July 12 to Mark Wadowick.  Many Blessing as you life your married life in Christ.

Congratulations to Sam and Jen Ferrise who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary a few weeks ago on July 3.  They celebrated with family at home.  Sam continues to help Jen daily as she makes steady progress in her recovery from a depilating stroke.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Michael Striker, now an alum of the University and was representative on the pastoral council, acquired employment near his home in Galion, Ohio.  Our thanks to Joe Giorgio, who often assists the community by serving at the 9:30am Mass, for succeeding Michael as the Coordinator of the Altar Servers.

If you would like to serve for Mass on the weekends, please contact the parish office.  We prefer a boy or girl in the fifth grade, at least.  We are in need of servers at all Masses.

A good number of people have let us know their preference for a single Sunday Morning Mass.  There’s been an overwhelming desire to have one Mass on Sunday morning, not only for the summer, but even year round.  The pastoral council will discuss the response at their next meeting on the second Monday of August.  We still want to hear from you.

Also, if you are interested in being considered for membership on the pastoral council, please contact Fr. Dan at the office soon, the new council will begin in September.

Families with children in grades K – 12, in a few weeks we will be asking where and how your child will receive their religious instruction in the coming year.  Watch for further announcements.  It will be easier if you have registered them all in the past year.

Please pray for the 30 parishioners making a 33 Day Retreat this summer, some in Spanish and most in English; as well as those who are infirmed in our parish at this time.

Know you are in my prayers, not only at the “Pro Populo” Mass “For the parishioners”, but also in my daily prayers.  May the Lord give you… His Peace.                     Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, July 13

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DEAR PARISHIONERS,

This weekend we welcome to the 11:30 Mass the Italian-American Festival.  This event is a celebration of culture and faith, along with some great food down at Lock 3 all day.  The Festival Committee responded to an invitation to celebrate the Mass here this year.  We are happy to welcome all Italian-Americans in the Akron area, the Knights of Columbus, the Peace Together Choir, and homilist, Fr. Peter Colletti.  Benvenuti a Tutti e Buona Festa!

In cooperation with our Diocesan Mission Office, we welcome next weekend a Franciscan Friar from the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe in New Mexico.  For over 100 years the Franciscans have ministered to some of the poorest and isolated peoples in the   Southwestern U.S. Please read the Insert in today’s bulletin.  It will identify the ministries they will ask us to support next weekend.  Given recent news at our borders in the Southwest, I hope Father’s timely presence will be informative and our response generous.

Here at home we continue to do what we can to share our blessings with those in need.  Last month the Parish Pantry (which is highlighted in today’s bulletin) served a 3-day food supply to 201 households.  Overall, that came to 590 individuals in one month.  Program leaders and longtime volunteers have commented on the increased number of people who are coming to us this summer.  In large part this is due to a decrease in school programs in the area which often times provided a breakfast or lunch to its participants.

Sadly, I learned that the sound mixer used by our parish choirs at that side altar was stolen last Saturday.  We prayed for the thief at Mass.  In the meantime, Jim Kintz is looking for one that will work in our sound system before we have to buy a new one.

Need a mortgage to go out to a movie?  Looking for some free family entertainment?  Check out the Parish Family Movie Night held here in the Newman Center.  On Friday, July 25 at 7:00pm we’ll be showing the movie “Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure” (2012 – NR) starring Kirk Cameron.  It is an exciting documentary that illustrates the history of the Pilgrims and America’s beginnings in the Northeast.  Refreshments are provided but bring some popcorn if you like.  Contact parishioners Michael and Kelsey Hess (first-time parents) at 567-230-6869.

Ever need a place to get centered, find peace of mind, spend in quiet prayer?  Besides our own church’s availability and the 12:10 Daily Mass and Rosary, the following area parishes have a Blessed Sacrament Chapel that is open to you 24 hours a day / 7 days a week:

Barberton – St. Augustine Church

Green – Queen of Heaven Chapel

Stow – Holy Family Chapel

Wadsworth – Sacred Heart Chapel

It’s what the Divine Physician has provided!

Here’s an update on the parking lot.  The pastoral and finance councils discussed two proposals from the architects.  They agreed on one plan which will be presented to the City of Akron for their evaluation.  This does not mean the lot will be completed any time soon.  Nowadays, the lot is well used.  But, unless you know someone to give us an interest-free loan, the needed funds will come in part from the pledges made in the Rooted in Faith Initiative.  ‘Thank You’ for honoring your pledges.  And, donations are accepted to help with this project as well.   Viva Italia, Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, June 22

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The real presence of Christ in His Body and Blood is an infallible dogma of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.  From Jesus’ own words in chapter six of the gospel of St. John, to his words at the Last Supper in the other gospels, to references in the Epistles of St. Paul, to our own times at the Vatican Council the Church has preserved Christ’s teaching.  Christ is our life and the “Eucharistic sacrifice is the source and summit of the Christian life.”   (Chapter II: The People of God)

If you would be interested in serving for two years on the pastoral council, please let a current member know.  Their name and usual Mass are:  Dan or Lynda Kellackey (4:30), Patty Ayers, Mary Anne Buchanan, Tom Fritsch, or Jackie Haydu (9:30), Gary Geis or Will Jendrisak (11:30), or Michael Striker (8pm).

They will also like to know your opinion about having ONE SUNDAY MORNING MASS.  One Mass (especially in summer) makes sense due to the absence of UA students, non-air conditioned church, and hotter days.  You can let us know on the website or by email as well.

After our first year of Rooted in Faith Distributions, we received $67,918.00.  This went toward the school demolition bill.  Plans to pave the parking lot have been drawn up.  Your continued contributions will enable us to pave it.

Thanks to the Men of St. Bernard who reset nails in all the church pews to prevent injury or damage to clothing.              In Christ, Fr. Dan

From the Pastor June 15

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

What a celebration last Sunday for Pentecost and for the 40th Sacerdotal Jubilee of Fr. Norm Douglas.  The church was full with folks in red, and a Spirit of love, joy, and gratitude filled the place where we gathered.  All were welcomed…including a little bird.  It was a memorable occasion.  Wow!  Our God is awesome.

And a heartfelt KUDOS to all the folks who decorated the sanctuary and social hall, and to those who planned the Mass and the Reception…and, of course, the cleanup crew!  Thank YOU!

The Spirit was a movin’ this past weekend and continues now in various ways through our spiritual gifts in daily, ordinary life.  God’s good works shine through us who believe.  Over past months I have tried to highlight in this bulletin various groups that our parishioners attend.  These groups are not necessarily connected to our parish nor sponsored by the parish, but good things do occur in them (for instances, the Secular Franciscans, the Wilderness Group, the Cenacle of Mercy) that foster spiritual growth through faith sharing, charitable works, and prayer.

In these past months I’ve heard of another rich spiritual movement that some folks in the parish attend.  It began in Madrid, Spain around 1968.  With the blessing of popes and the support of bishops it continues to grow around the world.  It is called the Neo-catechumenate.  Similar to the RCIA, the Neo-catechumenate is a way for many cradle Catholics to deepen their understanding of the Bible, the Eucharist, and Community.  In short, it is an opportunity for people to strengthen their faith life in the parish through small group experiences.  During the summer I hope to learn more and share what I learn with you all.

Please note the invitation to next week’s Cenacle of Divine Mercy meeting.  All are welcome to attend (both English and Spanish) to enrich your spiritual life by hearing the Word of God, reflecting on the life of St. Faustina, and studying the Catechism of the Church.  They meet in the church history room at the State Street church entrance.

Today we pray and give thanks to God for the Fathers in our parish.  You share the awesome power of God, namely to create life.  The responsibility of family life, especially as a Christian parent, is a calling not all men have received, and not all men live out unselfishly.  It takes prayer and support.  So, your fellow parishioners at St. Bernard pray for you today.  May God bless you with perseverance in your vocation, the love of your wife, and the respect and appreciation of your children.  Amen!

June is also the time of year for weddings.  Our best wishes to couples celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary, especially those married at St. Bernard in 1989 and listed in today’s bulletin.  Our prayers are also offered this month for the 55 couples married at this altar in 1964.  May your memories be Golden!

This past week at the monthly Pastoral Council Meeting we received a presentation on the condition of our church organ; reported the school demolition bill is paid; two proposals for the next phase for the parking lot design are in the works. Don’t forget that pastoral council minutes are available through the parish office.

The council also discussed two items:

1) Succession of council members.  These past years have been chaotic with merging and unmerging parishes.  We would like to look to forming a council based on those who would like to serve, rather than by appointment (which was needed) or by general election.  If you would be interested in serving for two years on the council, please let a current member know.  Their name and the Mass they usually attend are:  Dan or Lynda Kellackey (4:30), Patty Ayers, Mary Anne Buchanan, Tom Fritsch, or Jackie Haydu (9:30), Gary Geis or Will Jendrisak (11:30), or Michael Striker (8:00pm).

2) They will also like to know your opinion about having ONE SUNDAY MORNING MASS.  The experience this past Sunday of a full church was inspiring.  And, one morning Mass (especially in the summer) makes sense due to the decrease in attendance by UA students and by those who prefer/need an air-conditioned church. Let us know.       Fr. Dan

From the Pastor June 8

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This weekend throughout the United States and in many Spanish-speaking nations in the Americas, special signs of appreciation are shown to Mothers for the life, love, and sacrifices they have given to their children.  May this be a Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day for all in our parish living this God-given vocation.

At Mass today, please accept this token of our appreciation, Mom, from your fellow St. Bernard Parishioners and our Respect Life Committee.  Our prayers and God’s blessings are with you.

Next Saturday evening we will have a Parish-wide Dinner for all our parishioners and also include those who are from other parishes yet are volunteers in our parish ministries.   You are most welcome to join us after the 4:30 Mass.  Bring a relative, friend, or the whole family.  Also, if you have a special family recipe you would like to share for a parish cookbook, bring it along too.  There is no charge for the evening of food, fun, and live entertainment.  All are welcome.

You are also invited to celebrate the Jubilee of four priests who have served Akron Catholics for many years and continue to do so:

On Saturday, May 24 at St. Sebastian Parish,

Fr. Bill Karg, Fr. Joe Kraker, and Fr. Dave McCafferty will celebrate their 50th Anniversary as priests at the 4:30pm Vigil Mass.  All are invited to attend.

On Pentecost Sunday, June 8 here at St. Bernard Parish, Fr. Norm Douglas will celebrate his 40th Anniversary with us at 10:30am.  There will be neither a 9:30am nor an 11:30am Mass that day.  A reception will follow the 10:30 Jubilee Mass in the St. Bernard Social Hall.

Thank you for your prayers for an increase in vocations.  Next Saturday at the Cathedral, Bishop Lennon will ordain six deacons to the priesthood for service in the Cleveland Diocese.

Please see the other upcoming events and mark your calendar to support and strengthen your St. Bernard Parish community.

Please welcome to the St. Bernard and St. Mary staff our new parish secretary, Miss Joan Crookston.  Know of my prayers and those of the staff for all of you.                                       Fr. Dan


From the Pastor May 25

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

            We had a great time last Saturday at the Parish Dinner.  The food was plentiful and the entertainment by the ventriloquist, Randy Malik, was positively fun for all!  Our thanks to the Ayers, Reinharts, Dr. Hofacker, and many others who organized and decorated for this family event in the parish.  And our thanks to the many volunteers in our Hunger Program who joined us.

Next Saturday we welcome back Kirt and Hilda Brimley.  Former parishioners of St. Bernard, they now organize the Books for Africa Project from their home in St. Louis, MO.  Following the 4:30 Mass they will be in the History Room to share the success and needs of this Reading program in many African nations.  Stop down; a meal is provided.

Next Sunday there will be neither a 9:30am Mass nor an 11:30am Mass.  The only morning Mass will be the 10:30am Jubilee Mass with and for Fr. Norm Douglas.  Afterward, we will have a reception of coffee and sweets in the Social Hall.  If you are able, please bring some cookies or sweet rolls to share with the community and our guests who will be here for this once-every-40-years event!  Just bring cookies and sweet rolls to the Social Hall Kitchen when you arrive for Mass.

Next Sunday the Church also celebrates PENTECOST SUNDAY, so please where something RED to Mass.  Why?  To be a reminder that each of us is enflamed with the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Blessed Trinity.  Catch the Fire!

Have you heard about the Common Core Curriculum?  As the academic year comes to a close, we are already studying the new standards for education next year in Ohio.  We pastors have asked for a letter from the Diocese to address some of the misconceptions and fears, but especially to reassure parents that Catholic teachings and values will certainly be part of our school curriculum.

Please do not forget your parish community while on your summer vacation.  Your financial support helps us maintain the ministries of the parish, as well as pay the bills.  Thank you for your generous support. Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, May 10

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This weekend throughout the United States and in many Spanish-speaking nations in the Americas, special signs of appreciation are shown to Mothers for the life, love, and sacrifices they have given to their children.  May this be a Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day for all in our parish living this God-given vocation.

At Mass today, please accept this token of our appreciation, Mom, from your fellow St. Bernard Parishioners and our Respect Life Committee.  Our prayers and God’s blessings are with you.

Next Saturday evening we will have a Parish-wide Dinner for all our parishioners and also include those who are from other parishes yet are volunteers in our parish ministries.   You are most welcome to join us after the 4:30 Mass.  Bring a relative, friend, or the whole family.  Also, if you have a special family recipe you would like to share for a parish cookbook, bring it along too.  There is no charge for the evening of food, fun, and live entertainment.  All are welcome.

You are also invited to celebrate the Jubilee of four priests who have served Akron Catholics for many years and continue to do so:

On Saturday, May 24 at St. Sebastian Parish,

Fr. Bill Karg, Fr. Joe Kraker, and Fr. Dave McCafferty will celebrate their 50th Anniversary as priests at the 4:30pm Vigil Mass.  All are invited to attend.

On Pentecost Sunday, June 8 here at St. Bernard Parish, Fr. Norm Douglas will celebrate his 40th Anniversary with us at 10:30am.  There will be neither a 9:30am nor an 11:30am Mass that day.  A reception will follow the 10:30 Jubilee Mass in the St. Bernard Social Hall.

Thank you for your prayers for an increase in vocations.  Next Saturday at the Cathedral, Bishop Lennon will ordain six deacons to the priesthood for service in the Cleveland Diocese.

Please see the other upcoming events and mark your calendar to support and strengthen your St. Bernard Parish community.

Please welcome to the St. Bernard and St. Mary staff our new parish secretary, Miss Joan Crookston.  Know of my prayers and those of the staff for all of you.                                       Fr. Dan

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There was a very nice turnout for the bi-lingual Divine Mercy Prayer Service last Sunday.  Fr. Thomas McCann, retired pastor of IHM Parish in Cuyahoga Falls, led the service and even shared a few words in espanol.  Even in retirement Fr. Tom continues to learn and develop hidden talents! Our thanks to Manena Vidlak, who coordinated the event and also invites anyone to join their group on Fridays at 3:00pm for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

            We invite our visitors to fill out a Guest Card at the front doors of the church and tell us where they are from and make any comments.  We’ve had visitors from  – PA, MD, NY, other areas of OH, and Montreal, Canada and Teuchitlan, Mexico.  Besides a request for prayers, some of the comments given – “very nice, beautiful church”; “nice celebration of Eucharistic Mass”; “beautiful Church and Mass”; “thank you for welcoming us”; “enjoy Sunday 8pm services, music is beautiful”.

            This past Friday Bishop Lennon presided at the Eucharist and the award ceremony for Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio.  She received this year’s Sir Thomas More Award for outstanding service to the legal community in our area.   Her husband, Judge Thomas Teodosio, joins us regularly for daily Mass.  The Teodosios are parishioners of Holy Family Parish, Stow.  Our prayers and congratulations to Her Honor for her recognized service to the Summit County community. 

            With all the Honors here on Friday for the Sir (St.) Thomas More Award, I am reminded of one who joins us when he is town.  He is a former member of the PA House of Representatives, His Honor Robert F. Frazier.  Let us continue to pray for our Catholic lawyers, judges, and elected officials who can make a difference in our county and country by the values and faith we share.

            I have heard a number of positive comments about how open, spacious, and even sunny the corner now looks without the old school building. 

Here’s an update on our school demolition:

1)    You can park on the compressed parking area where the building was; please try to keep areas along the church available for those needing extra assistance.

2)    I will be meeting with the architects, Braun & Steihl, this week to begin an INITIAL plan for the completion of the lot, landscaping, and fencing.  I will present the plans to the parish and finance council when they are available.  My hope is to be finished by fall depending on your pledges…

3)    We received this month a check from the Rooted in Faith – Forward in Hope Initiative for $12, 814.00.  It is our fulfillment of these pledges that will result in us moving ahead with a completion goal and paying the bills for this entire project.

Join our study class on the Eucharist on Tuesdays at 6:30 in St. Mary School.  And next Sunday, don’t forget Mama who gave you life!           Fr. Dan


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Dear Parishioners, Students, and Friends,

I hope your Easter has been spiritually renewing for you and your loved ones. I suspect the warm, sunny weather has added enjoyment to this time of the year.

As we live these 50 Days of Easter in preparation for God’s ultimate gift – His very own Spirit dwelling with us – may you be more attentive to those gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, understanding, piety, awe, fortitude, and counsel that dwell within your heart.

Our thanks to all of you for your monetary sacrifices this Easter, for your time given to help prepare Holy Week Services, and your talent to decorate, read, and sing us to an Easter renewal. May God bless you for your service to the parish community!

Remember Divine Mercy Service at 3pm today. Happy and Blessed Easter Season, Fr. Dan

 

 

From Fr. Dan

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

“Since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works. Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection. For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem. Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.” (From the Roman Missal for Palm Sunday)

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Please note the schedule of services for this Holy Week offered here for parishioners, downtown workers, University students and faculty, and our neighbors. All are welcome. You may want to invite someone or check the schedule of a parish near you.

View on our website the 2014 Holy Week service led by our Holy Father Francis.

Thanks to those who donated for Easter flowers, and to those coming to help set up on Saturday. May you have a holy Week – Fr. Dan