Dear Community of St. Bernard,
Our thanksgiving to God this Sunday gives attention to Moms. It is indeed an honor that God chose you, Mother, to share the awesome power of bringing forth human life. We thank you for accepting this responsibility, who like the Blessed Mother Mary, said YES to God’s plan. Your faith and trust in God, and your love and guidance in the life you helped to create, are qualities to embrace. We are aware that perfection is not the state of motherhood. The responsibilities are often times a sacrifice of your own will and pleasure. And some times Moms fail. But that’s for another day and time. Today we have life and we choose to thank God for it because of you. May God bless you.
Blessings of peace to all in this Easter Season.
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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 will begin shortly and completed by the end of 2017. In this time we plan to raise the difference between the estimated funds and actual funds: $40,000.
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.
DEDICATE AN ORGAN PIPE
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
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.