As we ponder and celebrate this gift that Jesus left to the Church, His Holy Body and Blood, we welcome 9 children to receive this Sacrament for the first time. With the help of their parents and the parish staff, they have prepared themselves to be in a deeper communion with Christ. They not only know about Jesus but they desire Him in their life.
The gift of the Eucharist is not only a mystery at the altar, it is a mysterious sharing in the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus as well. When giving tours of St. Bernard church I point out a rather startling omission in all the art and beauty of the building. There is no huge cross or crucifix hanging in the sanctuary or from the ceiling, and likewise, none of the huge, stained-glass windows depicts the foundation of our faith: the Resurrection of Jesus. It’s somewhat unbelievable, so visitors will still search in vain to find something.
It’s then that I tell them that, maybe those German immigrants a hundred years ago wanted to tell us something, namely: the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus is not merely a historic event to be captured in art, but is ALIVE today in the pews and REAL on the altar.
This Solemn Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is a reminder that we share in His Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity, Cross, and Resurrection every time we are here at Mass; each time we re-member ourselves to HIM in Communion.
Don’t look on the church walls or in the beautiful windows – look in the mirror!
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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.