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