From the Pastor April 12

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

“Since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works. Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection. For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem. Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.” (From the Roman Missal for Palm Sunday)

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Please note the schedule of services for this Holy Week offered here for parishioners, downtown workers, University students and faculty, and our neighbors. All are welcome. You may want to invite someone or check the schedule of a parish near you.

Thanks to those who donated for Easter flowers, and to those coming to help set up on Saturday. May you have a holy Week – Fr. Dan

 

From the Pastor, March 22

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Dear Parishioners,

Lent is a time of prayer, reflection, and acts of penance. Only our Lord is free of sin, and so we together humbly confess our sins and see the hope of new life. May this be a time of renewal for everyone in the Church and especially here in our parish.

Our first of three Retreat presentations will be offered in our social hall this Tuesday at 6:30pm. There is no charge. Please register prior to the presentation beginning at 6:00pm.

If you get a chance to see the movie “Son of God” (now showing in local theaters), I believe you will find it an inspiring presentation on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our bishop, as well as many Catholic leaders, has written encouraging Catholics to see it. You may find it a rewarding and renewing Lenten activity for yourself, with family (PG-13), or with friends.

After the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at 3:00pm, our Spanish-speaking will lead the Way of the Cross in a procession through the downtown area. All are welcome to participate.

Please mark your calendars for a Parish-wide Dinner on Saturday, May 17, at 5:30pm – come one and all – entertainment, food, & fun!

Also, please mark your calendar for Sunday, June 8. It is Fr. Norm’s Ordination Anniversary – 40 Years of Service. Mass and Reception will be held that morning – hold the date – details will come closer to the day.

See you at the Retreat on Tuesday – Bring a friend – Starts promptly at 6:30pm.

 

From the Pastor, March 16

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Dear Parishioners,

Lent is a time of prayer, reflection, and acts of penance. Only our Lord is free of sin, and so we together humbly confess our sins and see the hope of new life. May this be a time of renewal for everyone in the Church and especially here in our parish.

Three Lenten presentations will be offered in our social hall on Tuesdays at 6:30 beginning on March 25. There is no charge.

Thanks to Queen of Angels Religious Shop for the FREE Word Among Us booklets at the door of the church. Take one home.

If you get a chance to see the movie “Son of God” (now showing in local theaters), I believe you will find it an inspiring presentation on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our bishop as well as many Catholic leaders has written encouraging Catholics to see it. Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh stated that the movie “was one of the best films he has seen on Jesus’ life because it connects our human struggles with what Jesus had to go through in his life”. I agree. You too may find it renewing. Fr. Dan

 

From the Pastor, March 9

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Dear Parishioners,

This week two important Sacraments are being celebrated. The Sacrament of Penance (Confession) is Wednesday night from 5pm – 8pm in every church of the Diocese. A priest will be in the confessional here at St. Bernard and ready to offer Christ’s pardon, peace, and absolution.

Then on Friday at 7:00pm the Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred by Bishop Lennon. As a parish cluster event, our parishioners will be confirmed at the Mass held in St. Sebastian church, 476 Mull Ave.

During the Fridays of Lent there will be no scheduled Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard, except First Fridays and Good Friday. For those who like to make the Way of the Cross during Lent, booklets are available at the side altar. Please borrow one or bring one of your own. Also, feel free to invite some of your friends to join you – coworkers, prayer groups, family members, etc. It’s a wonderful way for you to take the lead in sharing your prayer, faith, and devotion with others!

Priests are needed to lead others to the Sacraments and celebrate them. During Lent when conversion of heart is sought, a priest will be available in the confessional every Wednesday and Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) from 11:30am until Noon. Please be prepared by reflecting BEFOREHAND upon the specific sins for which you are truly sorry and for which you need to be reconciled with God and the Church.

Please see our Lenten Presentations on Tuesdays and join us for one or for all four events at St. Mary School from 6:30 – 8:00 pm starting March 18 and ending on April 8.

Did you request church envelopes but have not yet picked them up? Please do so in the sacristy before or after your attendance at Mass.

May you be blessed this Lent. Fr. Dan

 

From the Pastor, Feb 23

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Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

This weekend the 2014 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal will seek your support by conducting an In-Pew Pledge Drive. Please give your attention to the priest instructing you to fill out the pledge card for the ushers to collect.

Our parish goal this year is $33,972. As in past years, I pray we successfully reach this goal over the next ten months. “One in Christ” we can do much good for many in need.

Visitors – Please excuse this necessary response to Catholic Charities. This appeal is held in every parish in the Cleveland Diocese this weekend. Information about Catholic Charities and those we serve in these 8 counties of northeast Ohio can be found at the doors of the church.

This Wednesday Bishop Richard Lennon will be here to celebrate Mass at 6:30pm. All are invited to attend this special gathering with the UA Newman Students.

Attention all Liturgical Ministers (Readers, Servers, and Eucharistic Ministers): Your monthly schedule is now posted on the parish website: www.stbernardstmary.org Just click ‘Ministries’ on the Header, then the Liturgical Minister Schedule. You’ll find the March schedule.

This past week someone asked: “Why is the pastor plowing snow?” The answer is simple: 1) because he knows how to, and 2) it saves the parishioners money. This year it just happens to snow heavy on the weekends! We recently received a nasty anonymous letter claiming how unchristian St. Bernard Parish is because the snow down State and University sidewalks was not plowed. Before that letter, our UA representative on Pastoral Council had volunteered to ask UA to clean those sidewalks for the students who attend classes on High Street. We hope the UA can help. Until then, thanks for your patience and kind assistance to each other. Ralph, our faithful custodian, and I, will do our best with limited funds and few, if any, agile volunteers.

Parents of those receiving Confirmation on March 14: Your youth’s Baptismal Certificate and Sponsor Eligibility Letter must be turned in ASAP.

Parents of those receiving First Communion on April 17: Your child’s Baptismal Certificate must be turned in to the parish office ASAP.

May you have a blessed end to February! Peace and good, Fr. Dan

 

Ballard Family Fund Raiser

RAISER – Ten year old Kolbe Ballard has competed and qualified for the World Irish Dance Championships which will be held in London in April. To help raise funds for this trip Kolbe and his siblings will be doing a brief performance of Irish Dance after both the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses, Sunday, March 2 in the Parish Hall. During this time the family will also be hosting a Bake Sale. They look forward to seeing you there and thank you in advance for your prayer support and kind donations.

From the Pastor – Feb. 16

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Dear Parishioners,
            This weekend the 2014 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal actively begins in each parish of the diocese.  Please refer to the insert in this week’s bulletin which includes parish goal information and an overview of the importance of this appeal for our communities.    
            This year’s appeal theme is: “One in Christ”.  Catholic Charities continues the mission of Jesus by responding to those in need in the eight counties of our diocese.  As in the past, an in-pew commitment process will take place next weekend, February 22/23.  All who have not received the mailing, or have not had a chance to respond to it, will be asked to consider making a generous pledge to support the ministry of Catholic Charities.
            Our parish goal this year is $33,972.  As in past years, I pray we successfully reach this goal over the next ten months.  “One in Christ” we can do much good for many in need.
            Attention All Liturgical Ministers (Readers, Servers, and Eucharistic Ministers):  Your monthly schedule is now posted on the parish website: www.stbernardstmary.org  Just click ‘Ministries’ on the Header, then the Liturgical Minister Schedule.  You’ll find February’s; March is nearly completed.
            For close to 30 years, Mrs. Mary Bouschere has voluntarily overseen the St. Bernard Hunger Program for the Weekly Pantry.  After her dear husband, Carl, passed away she continued serving the families who came to the Pantry Door. This week Mary regrettably stepped down due to poor health.  I personally will miss her weekly razzings, and all the work she gave freely to meet the needs of the poor and hungry in Akron.  Along with Jim Durkin, who recently retired after 24 years in the Bagged Lunch Program, let us pray for them and praise God for richly blessing this parish with dedicated Christian volunteers.
            Parents of those receiving Confirmation on March 14: Your youth’s Baptismal Certificate and Sponsor Eligibility Letter must be turned in ASAP. 
            Parents of those receiving First Communion on April 17:  Your child’s Baptismal Certificate must be turned in to the parish office ASAP.    
I hope y’all have a warmer week!     Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Feb 9

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Last week’s bulletin gave information on the Secular Franciscan Order, this week please read about The Wilderness Group that began here in our parish. They meet regularly, welcome new members, and will be gathering this Sunday. Contact them for more information about being part of a vibrant group of faith-filled folks in the area.

Please see the notice in this bulletin about getting your 2013 Donation Report from the office.

We have 15 Confirmation Candidates this year. They must attend an overnight retreat at St. Sebastian Parish, Feb. 28-Mar 1, and then a final talk on Monday, Mar. 3. Confirmation is March 14. Please pray for those preparing for Sacraments.

It might be a surprise to some, but I dread giving talks/speeches. (Homilies are different.) I prefer the challenge of answering questions about our faith, church, etc. over the risk of a boring talk. Got a question you’d like to know more about? Send an email to: info@stbernrardstmary.org and Fr. Frank or I will try to give an answer. Maybe others want to know about it, too! Peace, Fr. Dan