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