Parish News


Keep CHRIST in Christmas


Once again will gather on Wednesdays at 6:30pm for a free dinner and social hour.  Let’s support one another as RooCatholics: learn about events at the University, grow in faith with input from guest speakers, celebrate the Sacraments of Christ’s grace, and much more.


  • is a final gift to your loved ones who care
  • is a way to carry out your wishes
  • is a way to learn all you need to know about:
  • Catholic Funeral Traditions
  • Burial or Cremation
  • Potential Expenses
  • Does not have to be done alone

Service Representatives are available to meet with you one-on-one or as a family
Contact:      Holy Cross Cemetery Office
100 E. Waterloo, Akron
216-641-7575 ext. 7

ST. BERNARD CHURCH ORGAN FUND – WE have surpassed the half way mark to our goal of $350,210. If you would like to dedicate a church organ pipe ($100 ea.) or a rank of 61 pipes ($6,000), please send a check to St. Bernard Memorial Trust, memo line: organ fund, along with the name of the person you want inscribed in our Book of Dedication. Your gift will last a life-time.

HELP THE NEEDY who come to our Doors
Our Pantry and Lunch Hunger programs would appreciate any of the following from the wish list:
Paper grocery bags (no newspaper bags)
Plastic grocery bags
Travel Size: soap, razors, shampoo, toothbrush

Please drop your donation off at the parish office during office hours or in the wooden box in the church lobby.



Advent and Christmas Events

Spectacular Events held at St. Bernard OPEN TO THE PUBLIC –

November 24 – Thanksgiving Day Mass Will be held at St. Bernard this year at 9:30 am.  Please bring a donation or non-perishable food for the collection to create Care Baskets.

November 27 – Happy New Year! – In union with the Church throughout the world we begin a new Liturgical Calendar with this First Sunday of Advent.  This year the Advent Season is a full four weeks in length with Christmas falling on a Sunday.  See our Christmas Mass Schedule at the end of this column.

December 3 – St. Faustina GroupJoin those interested in learning more about St. Faustina and the devotion to the Divine Mercy of Jesus.  In the parish house from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

December 4 – Franciscan University Men’s Schola – Join us at the 10:00am Sunday Mass and experience the sounds of traditional music by these young men from Stuebenville, Ohio.

December 7 – Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confessions will be heard from 5:00pm until 8:00pm in St. Bernard church, St. Vincent church (164 W. Market) and St. Sebastian church (465 Mull Ave.) for the Season of Advent.

December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Attendance at Mass is obligatory.  MASS is celebrated at St. Bernard: Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30pm; then on Thursday, Dec 8 at 12:10pm; and at St. Mary Parish at 7:00pm.

December 10 – Misa Guadalupana – The Annual Celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, at the Saturday Mass at 4:30 pm.  This Mass is followed by Folk Dances, Cultural Music, and lots of great Latin American Foods in the Parish Social Hall.  Admission is free. Meals are $5.00 not including beverage or desserts.

December 13 – The Word – An opportunity to share God’s Word in Scripture Readings and shared reflections.  All are welcome.  Meet in the parish house (conference room) at 7:00pm.

Every Tuesday – The Gospel of Matthew – A 50 minute DVD presentation by Jeff Cavins on the Gospel we will begin to hear on the Sundays of 2017.  Come listen to the insights and lessons of Jesus’ Good News through the words of the Evangelist St. Matthew.  Each session is followed by 40 minutes of study and faith sharing.

December 16-18 – Summit Choral Society – The Annual Christmas Concert will be held on these consecutive dates at 7:30pm.  Tickets are available through their website.

December 23 – Church Decorating for the Season – All able-bodied men and women who can assist in decorating for the Christmas Season are invited to join us at 5:00pm in the church.  Many hands make for light work.  Just show up.

Christmas Mass Schedule – December 24 at 4:30pm with Children’s choir, at 7:00pm in Spanish/English; on December 25 at 12:00am Midnight with music selections thirty minutes prior, and at 10:00am.  (NO 12:00pm or 8:00pm)  Mass at St. Mary – 9:00am.

New Year Mass Schedule – Regular Sunday Mass Schedule: 4:30pm on Saturday,
and 10am, Noon, and 8:00pm on Sunday.



Blessed Sacrament Chapel

We now provide a quiet, reverent and secure place for private prayer before Our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist.  You are welcome to stop for prayer, adoration, and reflection.

We strongly encourage making time this week of Corpus Christi.  If we do not take time in His Presence (in the Eucharist or in our hearts) we cannot help but fall into sin.  “A week without prayer makes one weak.”

Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held Monday through Friday between regular office hours 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Exposition is held in the former convent chapel and entry is off the lower parking lot or through the parish offices.  Look for the door marked “Blessed Sacrament Chapel”.

The Heart of Christ in the Heart of Akron.  He waits for you.


Need prayers, food, a spiritual life? We can help

Interested in becoming Catholic?

If you seek a more meaningful Life in the Way of Jesus Christ and the Truth he taught about God and us, call us for information on how to be a disciple with us in the Catholic Church.


Expecting a child? Need help?

Contact us so we can direct you for assistance,

or call confidentially 1-800-712-(HELP)4357.


Prayers? Have a request?

Call our prayer line at: 234-738-2473 or Email           us at:


Food? In need or want to help?

Contact us for free meal times, to volunteer or            to donate to our Hunger Ministry to the needy.


Interested in becoming Catholic?


Not being familiar with the Catholic Church many people do not know that the process for becoming Catholic, known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), is held in practically every parish throughout Summit County. To support your new found faith in Christ after Baptism, we encourage you to check out the RCIA in your local parish first.

Although St. Bernard Parish has begun a new session of preparation for Initiation into the Life of Christ in the Catholic Church for Easter 2017, you can still contact our parish office for questions about the Christian Faith, the 2000 year history of the Church, and the process of entering into the Community of Faith in a future RCIA session.

Our office phone is: 330-253-5161, or, email us at:  Someone will contact you about your inquiry.


Help the Homeless

HELP the HOMELESS – We are in need of hats, gloves, socks and travel toiletries for the homeless; place them in the DROP-OFF BOX located at the front church doors. Also any gently-used blankets.

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.


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.




(People tell me they are approached in the parking garage and worse, inside the church, for a handout. It can be intimidating and frightening for some. We are aware of the number of people in need, and we try to respond. But, panhandling on or around church property is not permitted. If you do not know what to say, please insist that the person come see me at the office. Do not give them money. I share the following article found at another parish. Italics are mine. Thank you, Fr. Dan)

“In the rare instance that you are panhandled anywhere on the property, please do not, for any reason, give money. For 30 years our 3 Hunger Programs have been able to take care of anyone in need of emergency food. The dangers of giving out money are these: 1) it creates an ever-increasing number of panhandlers, making it hard to get into church; 2) the most easily intimidated and vulnerable are often the targets; and 3) the money will not be used for the purposes for which it is asked. Please trust the parish on this point, that giving money undermines our sincere help for those who are on the street struggling with addictions. If you feel the need to give because you want to help the poor,volunteer at or donate to our Hunger Programs that help people who are struggling.”