From the Pastor, Dec 21

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Dear Community of St. Bernard,

            As you may have heard Bishop Anthony Edward Pevec, Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland, died Sunday, December 14. As a priest, ordained in 1950, he served the Diocese in various parishes and then as Rector at Borromeo Seminary. As a bishop, ordained in 1982, he served as the Vicar in the Eastern Region of the Diocese until his retirement in 2002 at the age of 77. Always a ‘gentle’ man and a man of prayer, he was a spiritual guide to many who will miss his presence. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

            Confessions and 8PM Sunday Night Mass – Confessions will be heard from 6:30pm-8:00pm at St. Mary church located one mile SOUTH at 750 S. Main (across from Aldi’s). At 8pm the Sunday Night Mass will be held there due to the Summit Choral Society Concert here at St. Bernard.

2015 Parish EnvelopesThanks to so many of you who grabbed your last box of envelopes last weekend. It went smoothly. Passing out a complete box for the whole year saves the parish a lot in postage fees. It also allows us to discontinue boxes that were not used; another major savings.

            The remaining Parish Envelops are on a table in the church Baptistery (on the right as you exit the front doors). They are arranged on the table ALPHABETICALLY. If you did not find a box, please contact the parish office and we can assist.

 

Keep in mind that the use of your envelope:

– verifies that you regularly worship with us and support the ministries of this parish community.

– is confidential; your name or address is not on the envelopes, just an assigned number.

– is not to determine the amount you offer; it is between you and God knowing your means and the parish’s responsibilities.

– saves thousands of dollars annually; by having you pick them up instead of mailing them.

Canned Goods and Grocery Gift Cards -Thanks to the many who donated canned goods and gift cards at Thanksgiving time to be distributed to our parishioners. We realize some of our own have not had an easy year. They appreciated our concern and thoughtfulness during this time of the year.

See you all in just a few days for the celebration of Christmas. I think we are the only parish with a Midnight Mass (still); so join us if for a silent, holy night. Bring a friend or kin.   Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Dec 14

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Dear Community of St. Bernard,

St. Bernard Giving Trees – Don’t forget to get an ornament for Akron Pregnancy Center – or – our Hunger Programs. Return it by this Tuesday, Dec. 16. Please bring it to the priest sacristy.

            2015 Parish Envelopes – are available in the church Baptistery (on the right as you exit the front doors). The envelopes are arranged on the table ALPHABETICALLY. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the parish office for some assistance.

Keep in mind that the use of your envelope:

– verifies that you regularly worship with us and support the ministries of this parish community.

– is confidential; you will not find your name or address on any of the envelopes.

– is not to determine the amount you offer; it is between you and God knowing your means and the parish’s responsibilities.

– saves thousands of dollars annually; by having you pick them up instead of mailing them.

Confessions- Two priest will be on duty here on Saturdays 3:00 – 4:00. Also Confession this Sunday night from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in our church.

8:00pm Sunday Night Mass at St. Mary Church NEXT SUNDAY, DEC. 21st with confessions from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Due to the Summit Choral Society Concert here at St. Bernard. St. Mary church is located one mile SOUTH at 750 South Main. Can’t miss it on the right before Aldi’s.

Christmas Masses- In today’s bulletin for the schedule:   4:30pm (Children’s Mass and Choir)

7:00pm (Mass in Spanish)

Midnight (with music at 11:30pm)

11:30am (Mass of the Day)

You can also check our website for updates.

Rejoice always…it’s all good!         Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Nov. 30

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Dear Community of St. Bernard,

               Happy New Year! – The yearly calendar that begins on January 1 is the act of Pope Gregory XIII, who in 1582, aligned the days so that Easter would always be celebrated in the Spring.  (It had been moving closer and closer to Christmas.)   And even though our day-to-day calendars were created by the Catholic Church, we still don’t follow it liturgically.  So, today, November 30, 2014, is the first day of the Liturgical Year.  Happy New Year!

So, what time is it?  In my opinion, the liturgical calendar, which follows the life of Christ through the Bible, can remind us that all our day-to-day activities fit into the life of Christ and the Saints.  At the beginning of it all, and, at the end of it all – it’s not about revolving around the sun, but that our lives revolve around the Son!

             Day-to-Day Advent Calendar – You’ll find in today’s bulletin a calendar of daily activities to help prepare your soul for Christ.  Consider using it personally and especially as a family.  Advent is a “little Lent” to prepare spiritually for Christmas.

            Our Lady of Guadalupe Bi-lingual Mass –  NEXT Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:30pm.  Although this is a great devotion and feast for Hispanics due to St. Mary’s appearance in Mexico in 1531, she is the Patroness of all the Americas. Everyone is welcome. Once again the music will be the traditional Mariachi.  Homemade food ($7 per meal) and cultural events follow in the Social Hall.

            St. Bernard Giving Trees – The Pastoral Council suggested we have two Giving Trees again this year: 1) basic winter clothing for people in our Hunger Programs, and 2) basic necessities (no toys) for Akron Pregnancy Center.  Trees with ornaments will be in the church next weekend.  Just take an ornament, purchase the item, wrap it, and bring it back to the church with the ornament attached.       

            2015 Parish Envelopes – will be distributed in the church during December.  If you had them in 2014, your 2015 Box will be alphabetized by surnames.  If you contribute every week by check, you do not need a box – we’ll give you a number.

            The Gift of Religious Life - We had many religious men and women serve at St. Bernard Parish over the years, especially in our school.   Many of them are elderly and in need.  The annual collection for Retired Religious will be Dec. 7th. Please help those who helped us, especially in this year dedicated by Pope Francis to those in Consecrated Life.             A Good Advent!  Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Nov 23

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Dear Community of St. Bernard   –  
                   Praise to Christ, our King!

We conclude another Liturgical Year having listened to the Holy Spirit speak to us through the words of Jesus according to St. Matthew (Cycle A).   Let us celebrate Jesus’ reign over our hearts and give him thanks for the blessings and graces we have received.  This can be a good preparation for the national Day of Thanksgiving later in this week.

UA Pancake Breakfast – Pancakes made by the UA Newman Campus Ministry today, Sunday, November 23, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., in St. Bernard Social Hall for their winter break Mission Trip.

Fr. Mark Haydu, LC will be at St. Sebastian Masses today, Sunday, November 23, where he will meet the public and sign his new book Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels.   Books can be purchased there.

Thanksgiving Day Mass – Those looking to attend Mass on this national holiday, we will have Mass here this year at St. Bernard church at 9:30am.

Thanksgiving Food Drive – Can you help us extend a gift to some parishioners?  Bring to Mass on Thanksgiving Day: canned goods, non-perishables, or, even better, a Gift Card in any amount from your local grocery (Acme, Aldi, Giant Eagle, Marcs, etc.).  We’ll collect them during Mass and distribute them to a few households in our parish who might appreciate knowing we are thinking of them during the upcoming seasons.

2015 Parish Envelopes – will be distributed in the church during December.  If you had them in 2014, your 2015 Box will be alphabetized by surnames.  If you contribute every week by check, you do not need a box – we’ll give you a number.

Sr. Catherine Walsh, CSA – at Catholic Worker House needs people to tutor some residents.  This is an excellent opportunity for us to reach out to the needy in our neighborhoods.

Help – Can you type?  Tom Fristch needs a data entry person on Thursday mornings in the Pantry.  As people come in for a box of food, the volunteer enters the person’s name into a laptop.  Can you help?  Call at the office 330-253-5161.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Bi-lingual Mass
on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:30pm.  All are welcome to attend to support the Spanish-speaking community.  Once again the music will be the traditional Mariachi.  The group will be coming from Detroit, Michigan.  Homemade food and cultural events follow in the Social Hall (meal and beverage $7.00).

St. Bernard Giving Trees – The Pastoral Council suggested we have two Giving Trees again this year: 1) basic winter clothing for people in our Hunger Programs, and 2) basic necessities (no toys) for Akron Pregnancy Center.  Trees with ornaments will be in the church next weekend.  Just take an ornament, purchase the item, wrap it, and bring it back to the church with the ornament attached. 

The Gift of Religious Life - We had many religious men and women serve at St. Bernard Parish over the years, especially in our school.   Pray and think, as we begin the Year of Consecrated Life, about:   1)  In what ways a person from a religious order has influenced your life?  2) How can you be a witness by doing things differently? (Taken from Fr. Bill’s article → see next column).

Happy Thanksgiving – to you all from the parish staff.   Let us bless the Lord for one another and our shared gifts.        Peace and good, Fr. Dan

    

 

From the Pastor, Nov 16

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         Thanksgiving Food Drive – The holidays can be difficult for some families.  Can you help us extend a gift to some parishioners?  Bring to Mass next Sunday or Thanksgiving Day: Canned goods, Non-perishables, or even better a Gift Card in any amount from your local grocery (Acme, Aldi, Giant Eagle, Marcs, etc.).   We’ll collect them during Mass and gift them to a couple of households in our parish who might appreciate knowing we are thinking of them during the upcoming seasons.  

            UA Newman Pancake Breakfast – Also next Sunday come hungry for pancakes and support one of the most active Catholic Student Centers in the Diocese.  During Christmas break students are wanting to help people in the Detroit area that are still cleaning up from a flood.

Fr. Mark Haydu, one of Jackie’s sons and who we visited in Rome, will be at St. Sebastian Parish next Sunday, November 23rd where he will be available after all Masses that day to meet the public and sign his new book, “Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels, which will be made available for sale.

            Friday Movie Night – This Friday, a good movie on the life of Bl. Pope Paul VI: “The Pope in the Tempest”.  Bring some popcorn on Friday at 7pm in the Newman Center (parish office building).

            Year of Consecrated Life – Pope Francis is calling our attention to the blessings of religious life in the upcoming Liturgical Year.  Bishop Richard Lennon will begin this special year with a Mass at the Cathedral in Cleveland this Friday at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.  More information will be coming throughout the year.

            Help – Can you type?  Tom Fristch needs a data entry person on Thursday mornings in the Pantry.  As people come in for a box of food, the volunteer enters the person’s name into a laptop.  Can you help?  Call at the office 330-253-5161.

            Our Lady of Guadalupe Bi-lingual Mass on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:30pm.  All are welcome to attend to support the Spanish-speaking community.  Food and cultural events follow in the Social Hall.

            St. Bernard Giving Trees – The Pastoral Council suggested we have two Giving Trees again this year: 1) basic winter clothing for people in our Hunger Programs, and 2) basic necessities (no toys) for Akron Pregnancy Center.  Trees with ornaments will be in the church in a few weeks. Christmas Ads – We are receiving requests to advertise Christmas shopping events, already!  We will inform you as space allows. Peace, Fr. Dan

The Traditioning of St. Bernard Parish

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