Cleveland Cavalier fans turned out this past week to cheer and honor their 2016 NBA Basketball Champions. Over a million people were along the parade route and at the event in downtown Cleveland. A few of our parishioners made the trip north to join the crowd and bask in the glory of a championship team.
The next day here in downtown Akron at Lock 3, there were thousands of people who turned out to greet this city’s native son, LeBron “King” James. A graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, LeBron’s success and wealth has not blinded him to the needs of many children in his hometown. He has given back to his high school and to many needy children in this city through his Foundation. As his career in sports soared over the years he did not forget from where he came.
Although none of us had to endure all the hours of practice, all the traveling from city-to-city, all the defeats and agonies that the Cleveland Cavaliers had to endure, all of Northeast Ohio is sharing in their victory. Their win has become a win for a lot of people.
Hmmmm…not being a basketball player but a priest…I can’t help but think of all that Jesus Christ endured on the cross, not for a city or group of people but for the whole world, and now that he has won the victory, we all share in the glory of it.
But, here’s something to consider: Am I a fan of Jesus or am I on His team? The victory and the glory is so much sweeter when we are in the game.
“If you wish to be a follower of mine, pick up your cross each day”
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Dear Friends of St. Bernard,
In 2016 we began an all-out-effort to restore and expand our 110-year-old church organ. The last major restoration was 60 years ago.
We are happy to announce that we are over the half-way mark in our goal. To date we have raised $190,802 to reach our goal of $350,210. Our thanks to 31 donors who since January 1st have dedicated 113 pipes to refurbish our church organ. Read below:
ORGAN PIPE DEDICATION We ask you, your relatives, and friends to consider leaving a legacy. The restored church organ will be able to support future generations for at least 75 more years (2090).
People have paid to have their name on a brick. People have paid to have a star in the heavens named after them. We are asking people to consider purchasing an organ pipe on the St. Bernard Church Organ. Believing we can accomplish this task to enhance our worship of God, we ask people to consider dedicating or naming a pipe for someone at the cost of $100.00 for each pipe named. Names will be inscribed in a Leather-bound Registry when our financial goal is reached. Or, for the purchase of a rank of 61 pipes for $6,000.00 whereby a memorial plaque will be affixed to the restored church organ
Any donation is welcome. Please make checks payable to: St. Bernard Memorial Trust and provide the name of the person for whom you are dedicating the organ pipe.
For the Glory of God, Fr. Dan
THE BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL – Is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm for anyone to make a visit before the Lord in the Eucharist. This time of quiet prayer in the heart of downtown Akron is a blessing to many.
At any time of the year, but especially this week when we celebrate the Feast of His Body and Blood, you are invited to spend a few minutes or an hour with Him.
For your comfort a washroom is available and security cameras are in the chapel. If for some reason the lower entry door is locked please come to the parish office for access.