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

From the Pastor, November 2

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Dear Parishioners,

Please come pray with us this Wednesday at St. Bernard for an increase of priest and religious vocations.  The evening of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament followed by a Mass for Vocations is being held in chosen parishes throughout the State of Ohio.  Let us ask the Lord of the Harvest to increase workers in His vineyard.

Check out areas where we need volunteer assistance this week.  Your donation of time and talent can be a fun thing as well as strengthen the Body of Chris in this parish community.

Tuesday is Election Day.  If you have not already voted absentee, this Tuesday is the day!

Peace, Fr. Dan

The Traditioning of St. Bernard Parish

27 June 2010 – The Traditioning of St. Bernard Parish In the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians we read “I handed on to you first of all what I myself received…” Handing on life and faith is at the heart of our religion. God hands over life to creation. In our redemption the Father hands over His Son to us. Together the Father and the Son hand over the Spirit to us. Jesus hands over Himself to the Church and in the Eucharist. Continue reading