From the Pastor

Dear Community of St. Bernard,

We invite you to join with St. Mary Parish for our Lenten Mission conducted by Franciscan Father Albert Haase on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Evenings (February 19-21) at 7:00pm in St. Bernard church.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We make room for anyone looking for spiritual input, renewal, and the opportunity to make the best Lent ever.  No reservations are needed.  Parking is available in the church lot and West Campus Parking Garage.  Yes…free.

Hay retiro cuaresmal el 4 de febrero despues la Misa a las 12:00 conducida por la Hma. Johanna de la Comunidad Dominicana.  Este evento es para toda la familia.  Reservaciones no son requeridas.  Ven y sean renovados en Cristo.

Lent begins this year on February 14 with the Distribution of Blessed Ashes.  It is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation, but many Catholics choose to begin this Penitential Season by attending the Daily Mass.  Some even go to Mass throughout the Lenten Season as a means of spiritual sacrifice and renewal.  Whatever you are thinking of doing for Lent consider that if it is worth giving up for Lent or doing for Lent, that it might be worth doing year round.

On Ash Wednesday, February 14, blessed ashes will be distributed at the following:
8:45am – Scripture Prayer Service with School children in St. Mary church
9:30am – Scripture Prayer Service in St. Bernard church
12:00pm – Ecumenical Prayer Service in Children’s Hospital Chapel
12:10pm – Daily Mass in St. Bernard church
7:00pm – Daily Mass in St. Mary church

God bless you,
Fr. Dan

Pipe Organ Recital and Fund

Dear Friends of St. Bernard,

Because of the generosity of our parishioners and many people of Akron, the 1905 A.J. Schantz Pipe Organ in St. Bernard Church has been restored.

The Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio built our pipe organ and installed it in 1905.  We are happy and fortunate to have the original creator of this beautiful instrument restore it to its original voice.   We have set a date for its re-dedication with a Prayer Service and Organ Recital on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3:00pm.  This restoration work by Schantz will provide us with another 70-80 years of liturgical music.

We are deeply appreciate the generosity of our many donors who made this possible.The organ fund has been discontinued.  We no longer accept donations for this completed and paid for capital improvement.  For those who donated for the dedication of a pipe, the 2017 Book of Organ Pipe Dedications is being prepared for posterity.

For the Glory of God,

Fr. Dan