From the Pastor

Dear Community of St. Bernard,

If you missed the Diocesan Night for Reconciliation this past week.  Remember that Confessions are heard on Saturdays from 3:00-4:00 pm in the church.  No matter how long it has been or what you have done the healing mercy of Jesus awaits you.  Be reconciled to God and His Church.

“Praise be to You my Lord for our Sister Death
From whom no living man can flee;
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
But blessed are they who shall be found in Your most holy Will;
To them the second death can do no harm.”

from the Canticle of the Creatures (Laudato, Si’) by St. Francis of Assisi in 1224.

We are fortunate to have the inserts in our weekly bulletins based on Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si'”.   You are most welcome to read it and join in on a Soup Supper and conversation in our Social Hall on Thursdays at 6:30.  Led by Deacon Ray an Judy DiMascio.

We are encouraged by the number of parishioners at St. Bernard and St. Mary Parishes that have registered to our online program:  Check it out and let us know what you think.  Registration Process can be found in our parish bulletin or else under the website title “Lenten Events”.

Good Lent,
Fr. Dan

Church Organ Fund

Dear Friends of St. Bernard,

In fall 2012, we began an all-out-effort to restore and expand our 110-year-old church organ. The last major restoration had been 60 years ago. 

We are happy to announce that we are over the half-way mark in our goal.  To date we have raised $212,078 toward our goal of $350,210.  Our thanks to 58 donors who since January 1st  of 2016 have dedicated pipes to refurbish our organ.  Read below:

Church Organ Fund

Please consider a donation to our church organ fund.  The purpose of this church is to worship God.  Your help to restore our church organ is an investment into the very reason we are here, namely to give glory to God.  Here are ways to contribute:

In memory of a loved one(s):
$100.00 per pipe or
$6,000 for a rank of 61 pipes (over 24 months)

over a 12 month period
$1,200.00 or more by an individual, family or group

Make checks payable to: St. Bernard Memorial Trust

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.  You will find orange donation envelopes in the lobby of the church by the pipe organ display. Please make checks payable to:  St. Bernard Memorial Trust and provide the name of the person for whom you are dedicating the organ pipe. Place the envelope in the regular collection at Mass or bring it to the parish office. Thank you.

For the Glory of God, Fr. Dan

Blessed Sacrament Chapel


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.