From the Pastor, August 31

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Dear Parishioners,

Labor Day is this Monday.  Please note that our one Daily Mass is at 9:30am, and the parish office is closed for the day.

Hey, Newman Students!  Come join other UA Students in the Newman Center on Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30pm for dinner (located on the 3rd floor of the office building – just look for the blue banner).  Then get some info on ‘Speed Dating’ and “Got Prayer?”  They may go together!!  Anyway, come and get acquainted or re-acquainted this Wednesday.

As you can see in the column to the left ◄ we want to celebrate with Deacon Ray and his wife, Judy, his ten years of ordained ministry as a deacon and his whole-hearted service to this parish community.  Please join us for a special celebration next Sunday at the 9:30 Mass followed by a light reception.

Also in this bulletin you will find an invitation to all parishioners to join us on September 14 at 2:00pm for a special bilingual Mass.  This annual Diocesan event, Fe y Cultura, celebrates our unity of faith and the unique expression of it within various cultures.  The participation of our English-speaking community is a blessing to this event.  Foods from various countries will be available following the Mass.

Registering children for Religion Class continues in the Upper Room after each Mass, or by coming to the parish office during the week.  We need to know where your child (K-12th grade) is receiving religious instructions.  PSR Classes will begin the week of Sept. 21 in English, and the week of Sept. 28 in Spanish.

Did you hear?  St. Mary School down the street has enrolled nearly 230 students, an incredible increase!  You here at St. Bernard are a blessing to their education through any contributions you make in the red, monthly “Fr. Hilkert Envelope” found in your Parishioner Envelope packet.  ‘Thank You’ on their behalf.

Have a restful Labor Day…and as we take our rest let us remember this adage from the Book of Proverbs (16:3): “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”  May the Lord prosper the work of your hands and give you peace.      Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Aug 17

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DEAR PARISHIONERS,

I received a phone call from a priest with a request.  He wanted to know if I would permit our Mass and Confessional schedule be published in a flyer for those attending the Gay Games 9 in Akron and Cleveland.

Of course, there was no hesitation to say yes.  Our doors are open and there is a welcome to all our Catholic brothers and sisters to worship God.

Over the week however I was just a bit uncomfortable and momentarily sad to think that we still equate a man or woman who is homosexual as a person of questionable morals.  Why did I think that?  Well, because the request was based on a presumption that our parish may be perceived as condoning homosexual activity by finding our Masses listed in a pamphlet at the Gay Games 9.  That presumption would be terribly inaccurate!

In 1997 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a Pastoral Letter to parents whose child is homosexual.   It’s entitled:  “Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers”.  You can type in the title on your search engine and get the entire Letter.  This Letter was also intended for Church Ministers to guide them with practical approaches to assist.  I think all the approaches are valuable, so I copied them here with permission. But two are highlighted because I believe they apply to all Catholics:

 

  1. Be available to parents and families who ask for your pastoral help, spiritual guidance, and prayer.
  2. Welcome homosexual persons into the faith community, and seek out those on the margins. Avoid stereotyping and condemning. Strive first to listen. Do not presume that all homosexual persons are sexually active.
  3. Learn more about homosexuality and church teaching so your preaching, teaching, and counseling will be informed and effective.
  4. When speaking publicly, use the words “homosexual,” “gay,” and “lesbian” in honest and accurate ways.
  5. Maintain a list of agencies, community groups, and counselors or other experts to whom you can refer homosexual persons or their parents and family members when they ask you for specialized assistance. Recommend agencies that operate in a manner consistent with Catholic teaching.
  6. Help to establish or promote support groups for parents and family members.
  7. Learn about HIV/AIDS so you will be more informed and compassionate in your ministry. Include prayers in the liturgy for those living with HIV/AIDS, their caregivers, those who have died, and their families, companions, and friends. A special Mass for healing and anointing of the sick might be connected with World AIDS Awareness Day (Dec 1) or with a local AIDS awareness program.  Copyright ©1997, U.S. Catholic Conference, Washington, DC

 

Given these pastoral recommendations, I know as a priest (i.e. “Pastoral Minister”), we have done more in this parish than advertise our Mass schedule.  Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND, who was interviewed for a recent article in the Akron Beacon Journal, is the Diocesan Director of Ministry to Gays and Lesbians in the Church.

With her oversight, St. Bernard Parish has been on occasion a location for our brothers and sisters to gather for prayer, spiritual presentations, and socials.  To be a homosexual Catholic or a Catholic homosexual (depending on how you look at it) is a challenge.  Actually it is a spiritual battle to live a virtuous life in our culture that laughs at the very suggestion of being chaste or celibate.  Our parish could do more to support parents and to help support men and women who are seeking to live a life in which a “Someone” isn’t turned into a “something” for their own personal pleasure in thought or deed – and that applies to both sexual orientations!

Let us pray for those in our parish community who strive to live in conformity to the example and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Let us pray too for those who have given up the challenge.  And finally, let us pray for our youth who have chosen to sacrifice their very life – God’s gift – because they feared rejection, a life of ridicule, or condemnation.

Providing support to parents and Church Ministers was only one way the Bishops chose to respond fifteen years ago.  It is up to us today.  We can do more; and as the pastor of St. Bernard I am open to do more with God’s help, the direction from our Diocese, and your efforts.    In Christ, Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Aug 10

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DEAR PARISHIONERS,

This weekend we bid a prayerful farewell to four of our young parishioners who have served this community well over the years.

At the 9:30 Mass we ask your prayers and blessing for Pauline Klein. Later this week she will become a postulant with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tennessee. They are a teaching community founded in 1860 in the tradition of St. Dominic. Our best wishes to her as she leaves to discern further this vocation to religious life. Our thanks to Pauline for her service to us by joining the choir and singing at Mass these past four years along with her sisters, brother, and father. Our thanks also to her parents, David and Ruth, and to her siblings who supported Pauline in this decision.

Then at the 11:30 Mass we ask the prayers and blessing of the community on two of our Altar Servers whom we have watched grow up before our eyes: Sarah and Zachary Schreckenberger. They have served faithfully the 11:30 Mass since they were 9 years old, and often singlehandedly. They will be leaving us to enter into their chosen universities. Zach will be heading to Ohio State University, and Sarah will be entering Kent State University. Since they’ve been a team since birth and at God’s altar, they probably won’t become rivals now.   Let us give thanks to God for them and for their commitment to serving God with us. Our thanks also to their parents, Chas and Kim, and their older brother who formed them in the practice of their faith and gave example to become a Christian man and woman.

Finally, at the 1:00 Mass we pray for Nancy Cabrera. She along with her brothers has served each Sunday as an usher. In a week or so she will enter the University of Akron, and being nearby will continue serving our community. Our thanks to Nancy, and to her parents, Nancy and Rogolio, who have encouraged their children to be an active part of the faith community here at St. Bernard.

On Monday, August 11, the pastoral council will meet to decide on whether to have one Mass or keep two Masses on Sunday Mornings. I’m so glad people read the bulletin! Since mentioning that the response so far has been for only one Mass, I finally am hearing from those who think we should keep it the same. I have drawn up a list of pros and cons for us to make a decision. May the Spirit guide us.

Parents with children in Kindergarten through Grade 12 will need to “register” your child (that is, inform us) as to where they are going to receive religion instructions this coming academic year. As is in the past, your child can attend our PSR program, another PSR more convenient, or be homeschooled with approved texts.

For those who have registered in the past, we are currently scanning your past forms so that you can easily and quickly update last year’s form.

Registration will start August 24 after Masses.

In this bulletin you may have seen the ad for “INQUIRY GROUP”. This is an opportunity for people with questions about the faith and Church to get answers. Beginning Tuesday, August 26, we will hold an Inquiry Session each month for anyone to come with questions about the faith, God, etc. This informal session will be led by a priest or deacon. Please let people know, especially those with interest or just questions. Come and see! Aug. 26th at 7pm in the Conference Room.                                    Peace, Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Aug 3

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DEAR PARISHIONERS,

On Monday, August 11, the pastoral council will meet to decide on whether to have one Mass or keep two Masses on Sunday Mornings.  I’m so glad people read the bulletin!  Since mentioning that the response so far has been for only one Mass, I finally am hearing from those who think we should keep it the same.  I have drawn up a list of pros and cons for us to make a decision.  May the Spirit guide us.

Our parish secretary, who has studied and is now being trained as a ‘first responder’ in the medical field (EMT) has made it necessary for us to locate a new parish secretary.  If you know an individual that would qualify (Spanish/English a plus) please direct them to the parish office: 330-253-5161.  This is a part time position: 20-25 hours.

Parents with children in Kindergarten through Grade 12 will need to “register” your child (that is, inform us) as to where they are going to receive religion instructions this coming academic year.  As is in the past, your child can attend our PSR program, another PSR more convenient, or be homeschooled with approved texts.

For those who have registered in the past, we are currently scanning your past forms so that you can easily and quickly update last year’s form.

Registration will start August 24 after Masses.

This past week the RCIA Team (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) met to evaluate the program, especially for this past year.  We are seeking parishioners who would be a Sponsor for those coming to be Baptized in the Christian faith, or are seeking a deeper relationship with Christ in the Catholic Church.  Please be open to this vital role.  Requirements:  1) a sinner in need of God’s grace, 2) a witness to how God has worked in your life, 3) able to listen to someone searching, and 4) willing to do it for the Lord.  I would hate to turn people away because we have no one here at St. Bernard to sponsor someone wanting to become Catholic.  We need YOU from November – April!

In this bulletin you may have seen the ad for “INQUIRY GROUP”.  This is an opportunity for people with questions about the faith and Church to get answers.  Beginning Tuesday, August 26, we will hold an Inquiry Session each month for anyone to come with questions about the faith, God, etc.  This informal session will be led by a priest or deacon.  Please let people know, especially those with interest or just questions.  Come and see!  Aug. 26th at 7pm in the Conference Room.     Fr. Dan

 

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