Human Trafficking

A Letter (in part due to space) regarding Human Trafficking – Locally! From Sr. Barbara Catalano, OP, Our Lady of the Elms Convent   1230 W. Market St., Akron, OH  44313


“The Summit County Collaborative is seeking to do something to reduce the human trafficking that goes on in hotels and motels. We plan to send teams of adults to speak with hotel and motel managers and help them to identify and report such activity. We’ll also offer them bars of soap with an attached national help-line number that can offer a way out of their situation to the young women trapped.


You are greatly needed!  Several volunteers will be trained on how to speak to these managers by Theresa Flores~herself a former victim of human trafficking and the founder of the SOAP project. After her training, you will be sent to distribute the soap to specific Summit County hotels. The event begins at 1 pm and finishes at 6 pm, Sunday, July 27. Can you help in this effort to rescue our young people?  We know it’s important that we visit all the hotels/motels in Summit County.


The training is being held at the Oasis Facility located 847 Crouse Street, Akron on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 1 pm.  Please register to attend at or if you have trouble there, call or e-mail me to register at the number at the top of this page or if you would just like more information.”

Comunidad Hispana

SECRETARIA de la PARROQUIA– Aceptamos solicitudes de un hombre o una mujer para servir en la oficina parroquial como secretaria y recepcionista    (Part Time)  La persona cualificada necesita ser bilingüe en el ingles y el español; usar Windows XP; contestar el teléfono; personalidad agradable y vida cristiana. Favor de contactar la oficina parroquial 330-253-5161 o enviar resume 44 University Ave. Akron, OH 44308.

CONSULADO MOVIL de MEXICO -  Sábado, 2 de AGOSTO en la cafetería de St. Mary School (750 S. Main St.) a las 8:00 de la mañana hasta 17:00 de la tarde.  Necesitamos voluntarios para ayudar el equipo consulado durante el aquel sábado.


RESERVACIONES con el Consulado – Hemos escuchado que hay dificultades de hacer citas por teléfono al Consulado en Detroit, Michigan.

Según personas que saben la razón es que el año pasado el Consulado recibió muchas llamadas y hizo muchas citas reservadas pero la persona con una reservación no vino a su cita.  75% de las personas que fueron ayudados por el Consulado el año pasado no tuvo ninguna cita.


Si no se pueda hacer una cita por teléfono venga a la escuela de St. Mary el 2 de agosto a causa que muchas personas no vienen a su cita reservada.



UN RETIRO de 33 Días – EN CASA!!  “33 Días Hacia un Glorioso Amanecer” es un retiro personal se hace cada día.  La próxima reunión es el miércoles, 23 de julio en la oficina a las 6:30pm.


CHAPLET de Divina Misericordia – Los viernes a las 3:00pm en el “Upper Room” en la iglesia.  La oración y conversación espiritual son bilingües.




  1.  Ser miembro de la comunidad Católica, que requiere estar inscrito como familia en la parroquia de St. Bernard.  Hágalo en la oficina parroquial durante la semana de las 9:00 de la mañana a las 5:00 de la tarde.
  2. Participar en la misa regularmente con la comunidad de St. Bernard.
  3. Presentar el certificado de nacimiento (o una copia) del niño ser bautizado.
  4. Participar de una charla en la oficina de la parroquia.  La próxima charla será el 11 de octubre en el español.  Los padrinos tienen que ser miembros de la Iglesia Catolica y confirmados, presentar el acta de bautismo el día de la charla.
  5. Los bautismos se celebran los sábados a las 11:00 de la mañana, usualmente el primer y tercer sábado del mes.  O posible un domingo durante la misa a la una.
  6. Para evitar inconvenientes, rogamos sean puntuales a la charla y el bautismo.  Deberán llegar 5 minutos antes del evento para no interrumpir la charla ni el rito.

Area Social Events

CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF AKRON – Volunteer opportunity! They are looking for ladies who can spare a few hours a month to help provide school clothing, layettes to new babies, friendship bags for displaced children, tutor students and mentor young mothers. Applications are being accepted through July 20th. Call Becky Davis at 330-836-8177.


2014 LEBANESE FOOD FAIR – Friday, August 1 (4-9pm) and Saturday August 2 (11am -9pm) at Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church (507 S. Cleveland-Massillon Rd.) Fairlawn.  Games and Raffles.


FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF AKRON – Presents “The Role of Government in Moral Issues” with speaker Denise Mackura, JD. The luncheon will be held on August 1st, doors open at 11:15 and tickets are $15.00. For more information, please visit


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 46TH ANNUAL CAMPOUT – August 5, 2014 only $75 per person. Contact Doug Palmer for more information at 330-922-4600.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS RACINO NIGHT – at the Hard Rock Racino in Northfield on August 6. Casino Bonus $15 free play and $5 for food per person. The cost of the trip is $35. Contact Doug Palmer @ 330-922-4600.


IRELAND PILGRIMAGE June 18-27, 2015 with the St. Sebastian Parish Choir.  For more information, contact Lynn Frey-Steward at for more information or to get a brochure.


THE FEST –FAITH, FAMILY and FUN – all for FREE. Sunday August 3rd from noon till 10pm for great music, over 150 activities and displays, Mom’s Relaxation Station, Dad’s Den and a special Youth Rally for high school students.  Go to the website (


FREE Bicycle Tour of Akron – All Summer!!! – Experience a FREE family, friend or group event in the How We Roll Bicycle Tour.  Tours of Akron (6 miles) are given by Trained Guides from the UA Depts. of Sport Science and Wellness every Wednesday through Sunday through August.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  Get free stuff (bicycle lights, Akron entertainment card, dri-fit shirt and more).  Bring your bike or borrow a loaner. Tours begin and end at Lock 3 down the street.  Call Andy Davis at 330-715-1368 or

Faith Enrichment Events

TRIBUTE MASS FOR NURSES – At St. Paul’s Parish on Brown St. on Thursday, August 7th at 7pm. We welcome nurses, their families and the entire community to join in a Eucharistic celebration to seek God’s blessing on those in the nursing profession for their work and dedication to healing. Reception to follow in Parish Activity Center.

Want to Become Catholic?

RCIA is Forming an INQUIRY GROUP – Are you an adult who wants to become a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church?  Do you have questions about how one goes about becoming Catholic?  Do you have questions that you want answered to help you decide if the Catholic Church is right for you?

St. Bernard RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is forming an inquiry group. This is your opportunity to ask your questions and get an explanation of the process that leads to receiving the three sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation and holy Eucharist.

If this sounds like you or you would like to find out more, please leave a message with your phone number for Jim Griggy at the parish office 330.253.5161.   You will be contacted about the times and dates of our inquiry meetings.  We anticipate meeting two or three times throughout the summer and will begin weekly meetings in the fall.

Blossom Music Center Event

Blossom Music Center

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 (First come, first serve) in the Pavilion at Blossom Music Center to hear the Cleveland Orchestra performance of the Magic of Mozart.  Performance begins at 8:00pm.  $20.00 per ticket. Call Joan Crookston @ Parish Offices to reserve seating.

Welcome Fr. Nelson

WELCOME, Fr. Joseph Nelson, OFM –

The Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Franciscan (OFM) Province of the Southwest United States of America. This includes the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas.

The Friars of OLG Province minister in the Dioceses of New Mexico (Gallup, Santa Fe and Las Cruces), the Diocese of Denver, Colorado and the Navajo Nation in eastern Arizona and New Mexico. Parish Missions and other ministries are regularly offered in the Navajo Nation and the three Dioceses of New Mexico.

Ministries in the OLG Province are as varied as the talents and personalities of the Friars who comprise the Franciscan Family of the Province. The Province was originally conceived as, and basically remains, a missionary Province. Many of the ministries in the Southwest retain a missionary character.

The Friars of the Province serve Pueblo Indian Communities as well as the Navajo Nation. They also serve many Hispanic missions, parishes and stations in New Mexico. In addition, there are many preaching and teaching ministries and chaplaincies.

This week at St. Bernard

Sunday            7/20    Charla con Padre Daniel – 2:00pm

Monday           AA Meeting – 7:00pm

Wednesday      33 Day Retreat Meeting – 6:30pm

Thursday         AA Meeting – Noon

Friday             AA Meeting – 1:00pm

Sunday            7/27    Charla con Padre Daniel – 2:00pm