Comunidad Hispana

PADRES ACTIVOS Y JÓVENES DE HOY – que se llevaran a cabo en 812 Biruta St. Akron. Las sesiones serán en Sept. 12 hasta Nov. 14, de 10:00am al Mediodía. Todos están bienvenidos. Más información llamar a Isaida Navarro 330-472-0356 o 330.253.5161

CAPACITARLa próxima sesión será el sábado26 de septiembre, de 9:00 a 3:00 pm. El tema será: “La Menopausia, los cambios en mujeres después de los 50”. Se incluye tiempo para meditar, orar y hacer ejercicios. Todas las mujeres están invitadas. ! Ven y entérate de esta valiosa información!

PRIMERA CONFESION y COMUNION–ya se iniciaron las REGISTRACIONES! Llame a la oficina parroquial 330-253-5161, hasta el 18 de septiembre.

JUAN XXIII – Tiempo de orar y crecer en una relación con Jesús. Los sábados a las 10:00am en el Upper Room de la iglesia. Estas invitado! Te esperamos!


Feed the Soul


Daily Mass – 12:10pm
Daily Rosary – 12:45pm

Consoling the Heart of Jesus – 6:30pm
A weekly retreat experience (Social Hall)

Divine Mercy Cenacle – 3pm (WH Prayer Room)

Juan XXIII/John 23 Bilingual Prayer Group
A time for shared prayer – 10am (WH Prayer Room)



Every Wednesday and Sunday (after the 14th of the month) 4:30 – 6:30pm – Social Hall

Daily – 7:30 to 9:00am – Upper Parking Lot

Thursdays – 7:00-8:00am – Hall Kitchen

Help us prepare and/or serve food to the needy. We also collect toiletries (travel size) and razors.

Status Animarium

STATUS ANIMARUM – Every parish reports to the Diocesan Chancellor annually the status of the parish’s Sacramental Life. Our first annual report was in August 2011, one year after we began as St. Bernard-St. Mary Parish. Here are St. Bernard stats for the past 3 years; since the reopening of St. Mary Parish by the Vatican:


                                                  2013     2014  2015

Registered Households           449      364      349

Registered Persons                  673      500      485

Average Mass Attendees        1007     1040     — +


Baptisms                                 33        30        37*

First Communions                  19        25        13

Confirmations                         13        11        0

Marriages                                14        9          11

RCIA                                        8          16        7


Deaths                                     19        11        24**


+ The Mass Attendance Average is taken during the fall months.

* 13 Baptisms were at Children’s Hospital where the child’s life was in danger. These emergencies are included in our annual totals.

** 24 Burials were performed and recorded in 2015; however a few were non-parishioners related to a parishioner.

First Confession, Communion, and Confirmation

FIRST CONFESSION AND FIRST COMMUNION – If your child is age 7 or older, they may be prepared to receive the Sacraments of Confession and Communion for the first time. Call the parish office at 330-253-5161 to register your child for the Fall Session.

CONFIRMATION – Any High School student or older adult can be prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This Sacrament completes your initiation into the Church, and is required to be a Godparent or Sponsor for another Catholic. Bishop Lennon will celebrate Confirmation here on February 6, 2016. Contact the parish office to register.

HIGH SCHOOL PSR – will continue after the 9:30am Sunday Mass in the Social Hall. Our first session will be September 20th. All Teens attend, even if you go to a Catholic H.S., please join in.

The PARISH SCHOOL of RELIGION (PSR) –     All Catholic children attending public schools should include in their academic year study materials to grow in faith. Please contact our parish office 330-253-5161 for more information, resources, and materials.

St. Bernard children are also accepted at St. Vincent Parish for their Sunday morning PSR program. Their classes begin Sunday, September 27th if this is more convenient.

2015 SPRING SESSION – Our children who celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation in July have begun their preparations for First Communion on December 12, 2015. Please pray for them.


Parish All Saints Brunch

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! — Parish Swiss Steak Brunch to be held Sunday, November 1st – All Saints Day – 10:30am to 3:30pm.  Not a fundraiser; just a great day for all the Saints to come together.

Social Event Update:
The Parish Picnic and Mass happened on Sunday, September 13 at Firestone Metro Park.  It was a gorgeous, sunny day and fun was had by young and old.  The Bilingual Mass was a blessing.  We’ll definitely be doing this again next year, possibly a month earlier in August, 2016.  Watch for the announcement and plan to join us.

Welcome UA Students


We extend a warm welcome to all University Students. We are happy to provide a place of worship here at St. Bernard Parish. Weekend Masses are listed on the cover of the bulletin with a special invitation to the 8pm Sunday Mass for your convenience.. If there is something more we can do, call the Parish Office or Fr. Norm Douglas, UA Catholic chaplain.


UA CATHOLIC CENTER – The Newman Center,


NEWMAN NIGHT – Wednesdays, 6:30pm in the Center (3rd Floor); Gather for a home cooked meal and some discussion on important events for growing in our Catholic faith.

NEWMAN ACTIVITIES – sent via email. Not on the email list? Contact Katie Brumbaugh, President, at


Catholic Charities Appeal Update


St. Bernard Parish Update (8/31/15):

Total Parish Households – 364

Pledging Participants – 298

Parish Goal – $45,639.00

Pledged – $44,980.00 (95.5%)

Honored to Date – $38,884.00

On behalf of the thousands served throughout our Diocese this year, I add my sincere thanks. Fr. Dan

GIFT of the Parish

GIFTGrowing In Faith Today is a “gift” the parish will provide for the Community to learn more about their faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.   Here are some upcoming GIFT opportunities:

CONSOLING THE HEART OF JESUS – A book retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitely. Beginning on Thursdays, August 20 to Oct. 29.

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION – A DVD presentation by Bishop Robert Barron.  Come discover who we actually are called to bring the Gospel to in a new way!  Tuesdays beginning on October 6th from 7-8:00pm in the Social Hall.

COME FOLLOW ME – A DVD series by Fr. Albert Haase, OFM, highlighting 6 Religious Orders begins Wednesday, October 7 from 7-8:00pm.  Excellent presentation to conclude the Year on Consecrated Life.

CONVERSION – DVD Presentations on the meaning of Discipleship for people of all ages.  Beginning Sunday September 27 at 10:30am; grab a coffee and a donut after the 9:30am Mass and join us in the History Room.

Confirmation Preparation

CONFIRMATION – The Bishop’s Office has set the date to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Bernard for candidates from both parishes. Bishop will confirm any prepared candidate in High School or older on Saturday, February 6, 2016 during the 4:30pm Vigil Mass. Please call the parish offices to register for the preparatory sessions and for more details, 330-253-5161.


BI-LINGUAL PSR – Our children who recently celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation have begun their preparations for First Communion on December 12, 2015. Please pray for them.


FALL PSR Registration will begin September 1st for those seeking First Reconciliation and Eucharist.


CONSOLING THE HEART OF JESUS – A book retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitely is held on Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Parish Social Hall. Books and materials are provided. All are welcome to attend or read along. Participants meet through Oct. 29.

RAYS OF MERCY– The Cenacle of Divine Mercy will meet Fridays at 3:00 pm. In the Upper Room, bilingual, also Sunday, September 13 in St. Bernard History Room, at 3:00pm. All are welcome.


SHARE THE WORD OF GOD – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the Upper Room of the church. Scripture Readings and shared reflections on how God is active in our lives. Concludes with shared prayer petitions. All are welcome to attend, participate, or to just listen. “Let the Word of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in you”. Col.3:16


  1. JOHN XXIII (Juan XXIII) – is a bilingual prayer, study, and support group of the parish that meets each Saturday at 10:00am in the Upper Room of the church. All are welcome to join in prayer for the Church and the concerns of all.


The Knights of Columbus

are an active and integral part of our St. Bernard Parish. They meet here monthly and are open to men who want to be part of the Catholic charitable organization. For more information on our Council 547, please contact the parish office.


DISCIPLES FOR THE DYING – The next First Friday Mass will be held on September 4, at 12:10 pm, St. Bernard church. All are welcome.


  1. BERNARD NIGHT AT BLOSSOM – Come hear world-renowned Wynton Marsalis performing “Swing Symphony” with the Cleveland Orchestra. It’s August 29th; we’ll be in the pavilion rear rows.


PIPE ORGAN – Donations may be made to the St. Bernard Memorial Trust Fund or Clarence Bechter’s Climb to the Top in today’s bulletin.