From the Pastor, May 1

In Celtic tradition the Holy Spirit was depicted in lore as a Wild Goose. Why? Like a goose, the Holy Spirit goes where it wills. In preparation for Pentecost, I invite you to view at your leisure 14 video segments on the Holy Spirit at: www.thewildgooseisloose.com (one a day). The Wild Goose Project by Franciscan Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, is “a simple attempt to invite Catholic Christians into a more profound life giving relationship with the Holy Spirit.” Please find the time to view the segments; begin today. Let us pray that those who join us on Pentecost Sunday, May 15th , may be renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Again – Why do we need to spend all this money on restoring our church organ? 1) Because few people can just go up there and play it. Few organists can automatically transpose hymns around the defective keys, stops, and circuits on our organ. 2) Because an anonymous donor gave an initial gift to us of $100,000.00 specifically to restore our organ. That is only a third of what we need. We either return the gift, or meet the challenge. We are nearing the half-way mark to restore what is considered the liturgical instrument of Catholic worship. 3) Because the beauty of this church is in what we see, hear, and do in it. Visitors say: “beautiful church”, “good homilies”, “felt welcomed”, but nothing about our praise of God in song. It’s sad to see people at Mass mumbling through music when they want to sing. Let’s support our worshippers and choirs, and fill the church with song for the glory of God.  Fr. Dan

Church Organ Fund

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. 

As you can see from our display at the church front entrance, we are a third of the way to our goal. We have plenty of pipes to dedicate. Our current organ has only 28 ranks of pipes. The renovated organ will have 42 ranks and trumpets. It’ll be an incredible sound!

Our thanks the 30 people who since January 1st have dedicated 112 pipes to refurbish our church organ.  Read below how you can memorialize an organ pipe in someone’s name.

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

Blessed Sacrament Chapel

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THE BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPELI’m traditional when it comes to Perpetual Adoration. I believe it should be done in a monastery or convent where people are present 24 hours a day and seven days a week. And it should not be in just any religious convent, but one where Eucharistic Devotion is part of the spirituality of that religious congregation.

            So why here in a parish community? First, we are not having Perpetual Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the chapel at specific times and on specific days: Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm.

            The former convent chapel has been restored. Thanks to an anonymous donor the entire renovation, including the installation of a new restroom, has been paid for by an individual. Also, this individual gave the funds for the installation of a security camera in the chapel and a key-coded access lock for the entryway.

            The number of people who take advantage of this quiet time of prayer with the Lord is not large enough to heat our huge church all day. This convent space provides a more intimate and conducive atmosphere for prayer – as well as being economical – whether in winter or in summer with air conditioning.

            Then there are the symbolic and logistical reasons. There are other parishes that have Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, but they are a distance away. Here we are in the heart of Akron. What a wonderful location to have a chapel specifically for prayer before our Lord. As St. Bernard church is in the heart of Akron, the Lord is in the heart of it all.

            Finally, as I said the place of Perpetual Adoration should be in a place where there are people present to pray. How are we going to find the people to come downtown to pray? For some time in my own prayer, I resisted this idea. Who’s going to come? Not many come now to the tabernacle in the church to pray. Who’s going to come for this? People just aren’t ready for Eucharistic Adoration! But, then I heard the Lord say to me, “But, Daniel, I am ready for it!”

            So, the main reason for this chapel is to say, the Lord Jesus is ready and waiting for you. He is present in His Body and Blood, His Soul and Divinity for you. In this Advent Season when we focus on waiting and anticipation, let us not forget that Jesus Christ is waiting in anticipation for your presence, your prayer, your love and devotion. At Christmas we celebrate His birth, come let us adore Him. Throughout the new year, let us always remember that He is here and with us until the end of time in the Eucharist.