Dear Community of St. Bernard,
We join with the entire Church throughout the world and enter into a Holy Week. As the Lord entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, we enter into the mystery of His Death and Resurrection. May this week bring a transformation in you and me by the working of the Holy Spirit.
We welcome family members at home this week and all our visitors. Good to have you back!
Be sure to check the schedule for Holy Week Masses and Services listed in today’s bulletin or at our website: stbernardakron.org.
In the pews you will find Invitations to give to friends or relatives to join us for Mass on Easter Sunday. Give it face-to-face or send it in the mail anonymously. Let them know they are welcome.
Eucharistic Ministers, Oil Bearers, and volunteers for Foot Washing – Please sign up to volunteer TODAY in the Sacristy. We need YOU!
Support Proyeto Raices this Tuesday at Chipotle’s in Hudson. See earlier article.
Religion Class to prepare children for their First Confession and then their First Communion will begin Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall. This is the Spring Session. The 12 children who began in the Fall Session will make their First Communion on Saturday, May 23rd.
The Neo-Catechumenate Catechesis Talks continue here on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Hall. It’s never too late to attend.
Got Talent? Bring it to the Parish Dinner on April 18th. See the earlier ad in this bulletin. Plan to attend a few hours together for food & fun!
Now that warmer weather is here, we will be scheduling regional gatherings for parishioners by Zip Code. Dates will be posted in late April.
The church is open daily if you need a quiet place to pray this week. And, all are welcome to be part of the prayer services. However, the week may also be an opportunity for quiet time at home.
Each week the Bible readings are published in the bulletin. If you do not hear the Word of God regularly, Holy Week is an excellent time to follow the events in Jesus’ life each day this week.
In some cultures this Holy Week is spent in quiet speech or silence. Families may have limited conversation or quiet times daily. Households may turn off the television for the week, or choose not to play or listen to secular music. Try spending less time on the internet, computer, cell phone, iphone, DVDs, gameboy, or any other kind of electronic means of entertainment. Replace the time spent on these things with time in prayer, reading, charitable acts, visiting a church, praying the rosary, or attend a Triduum service here or in a nearby church.
Keep in mind that Good Friday is a day of world-wide fasting between meals and abstinence from meat. We are in this together! Fr. Dan