Dear Community of St. Bernard,
In recent weeks many people in other states and countries have been devastated and uprooted by natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and Maria. We see in the news of the hundreds of lives lost by an earthquake in Mexico.
I thank you for your generous responses to our Bishop’s requests for financial assistance to these disaster areas to help Catholic Charities Relief Services respond to the extraordinary number of people in distress this year.
Some of my own friends have been devastated by the destruction of their home by fire recently (see on our website: The Teague Family). How important is our faith at times like these. You appreciate all the more the people and blessings in your life. And you can be amazed at the charitable response of fellow Christians. God is so good.
Peace and Good,
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Dear Friends of St. Bernard,
In fall 2012, we began an all-out-effort to restore and expand our 111-year-old church organ. The last major restoration had been 60 years ago.
Having reached the estimated goal to begin the restoration, we are in the contract phase with Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio. The restoration has begun and will be completed by the end of 2017. In this time we plan to raise the difference between the estimated funds and actual funds: $40,000.
You can see the progress they are making on the restoration at the following website:
The Schantz Organ Company installed our church organ in 1905. We are fortunate to have a committed team who care not only for our pipe organ, but for one of their own. The restoration by Schantz will provide us with another 70-80 years of liturgical music. Their proposal, and so the difference in price, includes a new 2017 organ console, not a rebuilt one, as originally proposed. The construction of wind chests will be done by them. The refinishing and replacing of missing pipes is included. All in all, it will be complete restoration of the organ they installed a century ago, yet with room for expansion if desired in the future.
We are still accepting any size donation to meet our over all goal of restoring this first-class instrument to its beauty when Fr. Broun had it installed in 1905. Please make checks payable to the St. Bernard Organ Fund.
DEDICATE AN ORGAN PIPE
In memory of a loved one(s):
$100.00 per pipe or
$6,000 for a rank of 61 pipes (over 24 months)
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.