Comunidad Hispana

EL QUINTO ENCUENTRO NACIONAL DE MINISTRO HISPANO – El señor Misael Mayorga y Padre Daniel invitan a la comunidad para formar un comité para reunirse el martes, 25 de noviembre a las 7:00pm en el Salón Histórico.  Se necesita personas que puedan competir en este proyecto en preparación para la reunión nacional para informar a los obispos. La idea es reunirse para escuchar e investigar cómo se puede participar en este proceso.  Más  información  a  la oficina 330-253-5161.


PROYECTO RAICES Y CLASES DE INGLES 1ro. y 3er. Sábado del mes.  10:00am.-2:00pm. Más información Gladys Apaéstegui (Proyecto Raíces) Nancy Cabrera (ESL) Por favor llamar a la oficina parroquial 330-253-5161

LA MISA PARA NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE SERÁ EL SÁBADO 6 DE DICIEMBRE a las 4:30 pm. Necesitamos voluntarios para empezar los preparativos, para que este año sea uno de los  mejores festejos de la parroquia. Y si no puede donar su tiempo, tenemos la lista de donadores: Donador de Evento $ 200 o más, Donador de Programa $50 o más, Donador de flores $10 o más, Donador en General: por ejemplo, donaciones para el  menú y otros más.  Más información llamar al 330-253-5161

GED EN ESPAÑOL- En Our Lady of the Elms, 1230 W. Market St. Akron, Oh 44313. Los Viernes 14 y 21 de Nov. Los miércoles 12, 19 de Nov. en  22 Rhodes Avenue, Akron, Oh 44302, Apartamento 102, de 6:15-8:30pm. Para más información llamar  a Hector Cruz Cruz 216-323-6713 de 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Nancy Cabrera 330-253-516 M-W 9-5pm.

TODOS ESTAN INVITADOS A CANTAR LAS MAÑANITAS A NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE. A las 6:00 am. El vienes, 12 de diciembre. Empezamos alrededor de la imagen de nuestra señora.  Músicos están  bienvenidos!

Area Social and Seasonal Events

Area Social & Seasonal Events


23TH ANNUAL “HOME RUN FOR THE HOMELESS” – on Thanksgiving Day. Start time for the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk is 8:30 am, and 9:00 am for the 4-mile Run. Register online at, which can also be accessed via the Gennesaret website at Or register on race day between 7:15-8:45 am at the Gennesaret Family Nutritional Center, 419 West Exchange St. Proceeds benefit Gennesaret, Inc. that serves meals and clothing to about 600 area poor weekly, and distributes take-home nonperishable food to impoverished families. For more information call 330-351-4608.


PLUSH JESUS Loyola Press is selling this 12″ polyester and nylon doll at a 30% discount.  It is a way for parents, grandparents, and family to share the spirit of Christmas in a child-friendly way.
Children learn that Jesus is their constant friend and companion wherever they may go: Mass, home, or on everyday travels.  Visit or call 800-621-1008 to place an order.


CANDY CANE CRAFTERS – Visitation of Mary Parish (Annunciation) seeks crafters and artisans for their 6th Annual Candy Cane Junction Craft Show  on Saturday, November 22 from 9AM to 3PM in the parish’s school cafeteria. Please call 330.535.4141 ext. 12 or 330.592.4155 if you are interested. Handcrafted items only will be accepted.


THE BELLES OF IRELAND CHRISTMAS FAIRE – Sunday, November 23, at 2000 Brown Street, Akron 11am-4pm. Presented by Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.  Irish and Christmas handcrafted and imported gifts. Enjoy delicious food, baked goods, and beverages at Café Ireland. Please contact Meg Griffin at 330-688-4009.

“PEACE TOGETHER CHOIR CONCERT” – at Our Lady of the Elms located at 1230 W. Market St. Sunday, Nov. 30th at 2:00 pm. in the Chapel. A Free Will Offering is appreciated to support the Peter Maurin Center in Akron. Call Danielle Pappas at 330-835-5217 or


VILLA MARIA NATIVITY DISPLAYIndoor Advent tradition featuring hundreds of nativity sets from around the world with entertainment from musicians, choirs, a bell choir & more 12 to 5 p.m., Dec. 6 -7 & Dec. 13 -14. Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria, PA.  Sunday Dinners: 12-4p.m. (Large $10 • Small $6) Children 7 & under free •   Take-out Available. For more information:   724.964.8920 x3348.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

From the Pastor, Nov 16


         Thanksgiving Food Drive – The holidays can be difficult for some families.  Can you help us extend a gift to some parishioners?  Bring to Mass next Sunday or Thanksgiving Day: Canned goods, Non-perishables, or even better a Gift Card in any amount from your local grocery (Acme, Aldi, Giant Eagle, Marcs, etc.).   We’ll collect them during Mass and gift them to a couple of households in our parish who might appreciate knowing we are thinking of them during the upcoming seasons.  

            UA Newman Pancake Breakfast – Also next Sunday come hungry for pancakes and support one of the most active Catholic Student Centers in the Diocese.  During Christmas break students are wanting to help people in the Detroit area that are still cleaning up from a flood.

Fr. Mark Haydu, one of Jackie’s sons and who we visited in Rome, will be at St. Sebastian Parish next Sunday, November 23rd where he will be available after all Masses that day to meet the public and sign his new book, “Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels, which will be made available for sale.

            Friday Movie Night – This Friday, a good movie on the life of Bl. Pope Paul VI: “The Pope in the Tempest”.  Bring some popcorn on Friday at 7pm in the Newman Center (parish office building).

            Year of Consecrated Life – Pope Francis is calling our attention to the blessings of religious life in the upcoming Liturgical Year.  Bishop Richard Lennon will begin this special year with a Mass at the Cathedral in Cleveland this Friday at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.  More information will be coming throughout the year.

            Help – Can you type?  Tom Fristch needs a data entry person on Thursday mornings in the Pantry.  As people come in for a box of food, the volunteer enters the person’s name into a laptop.  Can you help?  Call at the office 330-253-5161.

            Our Lady of Guadalupe Bi-lingual Mass on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:30pm.  All are welcome to attend to support the Spanish-speaking community.  Food and cultural events follow in the Social Hall.

            St. Bernard Giving Trees – The Pastoral Council suggested we have two Giving Trees again this year: 1) basic winter clothing for people in our Hunger Programs, and 2) basic necessities (no toys) for Akron Pregnancy Center.  Trees with ornaments will be in the church in a few weeks. Christmas Ads – We are receiving requests to advertise Christmas shopping events, already!  We will inform you as space allows. Peace, Fr. Dan

From the Pastor, Nov 9


Dear Parishioners,

Prayer for Vocations – Thanks to those who attended the Eucharistic Adoration and Mass this past Wednesday to pray for an increase in Ohio.

Pastoral Council – Meets at 6:30pm (not 7) this Monday in the Conference Room.  Please note the new time.

Neo-Catechumenate Way – This 7-week spiritual program was approved by the Pastoral Council as our Lenten Journey in 2015.  Jack and Joan Craig along with two seminarians will be here in late January to get us started.  More information will follow in the months ahead.

2015 Parish Envelopes – will be distributed in the church during December.  If you had them in 2014, just look in the Baptistery for your 2015 Box by your alphabetized surname.  Any changes, please fill out the Staying In Touch box on this page.

New Parking Lot – once the City of Akron approves our plans we will begin the retaining wall along University Ave.  The landscaped and fenced parking lot will serve about 60 vehicles with a gated Entry way and an electronic Exit way.

Rooted in Faith – Forward in Hope – We continue to receive quarterly checks. A recent check was a little over $5,000.  This brings us to $79,836 of the $336,000 the parish was pledged.  Thank you for honoring your pledges.  We have three and half years to go.  Our aim was to raze the old school and expand the parking area for our parishioners. Your pledge is needed.  You can contribute online.  Remember your honored pledge benefits the entire eight county diocese.  Thank you.

Loyola Retreat House – If you ever want a place to get away for some peace and quiet – check out Loyola down in Clinton.  Walk around or find scheduled retreats at

Funerals – Some asked for the suggestions about funerals from last week’s homily.  Find them in today’s bulletin.

Newman Pancake Breakfast – Join us 9:30 – 11:30am Sunday morning, November 23 in the Social Hall.  You’ll support UA Catholic students.

Bulletin Content – Thanks to our traveling parishioners who bring back a Parish Bulletin for me to get ideas.  TELL ME!  What do you want to see/read about in this bulletin?  What helps?  What do you need/want to know?  What about a Parish APP?  You tell me:

Cathedral Organ Concert – if you’re into long-hair music.  Join some parishioners going to hear this concert at our cathedral in Cleveland on Friday at 7:30pm.  Free admission and parking.

The Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome – What?  We are praying about a building?  Kind of!  Do you have a place you find conducive for prayer; a sacred space?  Maybe there is a place in your home where you and your family connect with God’s presence, say a rosary, or family prayers. I look at the Lateran in that way.  Since the early 4th century the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in the Lateran was the place where the pope lived and worked, the family of God celebrated Sacraments, prayed to and worshiped the Trinity, decorated its walls with art, and where Church history was made.  Our thanks to God for that sacred space in Rome.  I hope today’s celebration leads us to give thanks to God for our own St. Bernard church building and for the Church (people) who sacrificed to provide it; and where sacred events and memories are still made among us today.  Thanks be to God!  Fr. Dan


Planning Funerals

Here are some considerations here at St. Bernard.  Catholic Cemeteries of the Cleveland Diocese is another resource to assist with any questions.




Write down specific requests you want or don’t want for your funeral (visitation, music, Scripture readings, etc.).  Give them to someone – a relative or your funeral director.




1.  If possible, call a priest for the “Last Rites” before someone becomes unconscious to receive all  the rites: Confession, Communion, and Anointing.  A priest is on staff at City (Summa) and Akron General Hospitals.  We are on call for Children’s.


2.  Meet with your Funeral Director to arrange a Funeral day and time.  Depending on their schedule, they will call the parish with your preference.


3.  A Catholic has a right to Christian Burial (unless notoriously opposed to Christian beliefs).  The funeral rites can be at a Mass (preferred); at a Prayer Service (in the Funeral Home); at the cemetery (graveside). Much depends on the needs and religious practices of the mourners.


4.  Cremation is permitted as long as it is not an act to protest belief in the resurrection of the dead, and the cremains (ashes) are intended to be buried.


5.  The Funeral Mass is the same for the pope, a housewife, bank CEO, or an indigent person.  The focus is the life and death of Jesus Christ.  The body or cremains can be present.  The family is invited to participate, if they so wish, in some of the designated parts of the Mass or Prayer Service.


6.  Eulogies or “Good words” are open to all to share at the visitation/wake, graveside, or meal/ gathering after the internment.  A family member may give a eulogy then, and invite others to add.


7.  Finally, after we go our separate ways from a funeral, it is a work of mercy to keep the soul of the deceased, and, the needs of the mourners in one’s prayers and concerns weeks or months afterward.

Area Social Events

SPECIAL VETERANS CELEBRATION- Monday, November 10th at 10:00-11:00am at the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service. Justin T. Rogers Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. The ceremony will be held outside at our Veteran’s Remembrance Garden, so please dress appropriately. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held indoors. We will conclude the celebration inside with refreshments. Please RSVP to Stephanie Dillon at 330-668-4683 or


CATHEDRAL ORGAN CONCERT – held this Friday, November 14 at 7:30pm at St. John Cathedral, E. 9 and Superior, Cleveland.  Organ works by Marchand, Decker, J.S. Bach, Saint-Seans, Guillou.  Performed by Jonathan D. Rudy of Batavia, IL.  Admission is free; parking is free in the Cathedral Parking Garage.

NEWMAN PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Come one, come all for pancakes!  Prepared by our UA Campus Newman Center – Sunday, November 23 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Appetites welcomed!

SCHOLARSHIP/PLACEMENT TEST – are currently taking place at the following Catholic High Schools. For information and registration: Hoban High School/ St.Vincent-St.Mary High School / Walsh Jesuit High School /


KNIGHT FOUNDATION – KNIGHT CITIES CHALLENGE – What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? No project is too small as long as your ideal is big. Applications open Oct. 1-Nov. 14 at and  #KnightCities


DOMINICAN SISTERS OF PEACE Akron Position Opening – Wellness CenterSTNA needed for Nursing Care at an assisted living level.  Willing to work flexible schedule including nights. Contact

Ministry Needs of the Parish



BOLOGNA HOUSE – is in need of hats, gloves and socks. Please take them to the office Sun. 9:00-11:30am or M-F 9:00-5:00pm


ONE VOLUNTEER – is needed for every other Monday to dust pews at 11:00am.  Contact Helen at 330-620-2629


VOLUNTEERS are needed to help with this year’s Guadalupe Mass held on December 6th at 4:30pm. Please call the office at 330-253-5161 if you can help, no need to speak Spanish.


VOLUNTARIOS – Se necesita voluntarios para la misa Guadalupana, para el 6 de diciembre a las 4:30pm. Favor llamar a la oficina 330-253-5161


HUNGER PROGRAMS- Call the parish if you know a neighbor in need, inform them of our ministries:


Food pantry – Thursday, 9–10:30am. (With I.D.)


Hot Meals – Wednesdays and Sundays after the 14th  of the month, 5:30-6:30pm.


Bagged lunches - Monday– Friday,  8:30–9:30am.


Volunteers are always needed. Get involved

Faith Enrichment Events

AKRON FIRST FRIDAY CLUB Friday, November 14, at Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway, Akron, with Karla J. Bellinger, DMin, Director of the Center for Preaching Evangelization, and Prayer, speaking on the topic “To Be Young and Catholic in the U.S.” Luncheon program is $15.00. Doors open at 11:15a.m. and ends promptly at 1:00pm. Reservations can be made by sending a check to the First Friday Club of Greater Akron, 795 Russell Ave., Akron, OH 44307, by calling the office, or on the website, no later than the Monday prior to the program. For additional information, call 330-535-7668 or visit their website.

WILDERNESS GATHERING – will meet today, Nov. 9th.  Contact Brian and Margaret Williams at for time and location.


DEAR MARRIED COUPLES - Jesus challenges us to come together in his name. Is God in your marriage? Restore, renew, and rekindle your marriage. Celebrate the gift of love God has given you in one another. Enhance the excitement, romance, and intimacy in your marriage on one of the upcoming World Wide Marriage Encounter weekends on November 14th-16th, in Parkersburg, WV, or February 13th-15th, 2015 in Green, Ohio. For more information or to apply for a Marriage Encounter Weekend call 330-305-9963, or email, or at


ST. BERNARD RESPECT LIFE – Have you ever wondered what more you could do as a Catholic who is concerned about being Pro-Life?  Perhaps you have prayed for a woman who is pregnant, in a crisis pregnancy, or you have spiritually adopted an unborn child.  Won’t you consider joining our Respect Life Committee and share your ideas, your faith, and your passion for respecting all areas of life?  Our next meeting is Monday, November 10 in St. Bernard Conference Room.  We hope to see you there!

Mass Intentions

Mass Intentions for 2015


The St. Bernard Mass Intention Book is NOW available in the parish office as of October 20.


To arrange for a Mass to be prayed for a specific intention from January 1 – December 31, 2015:


–       Come to the parish office during regular hours (8am – 5pm) Monday – Friday.

–       Mail your intention(s) to the parish office with your phone number and monetary sacrifice.


Only ONE Intention per Mass (see types below):


Mass Intentions can be for a living or deceased person(s):

  1. For an individual
  2. For a married couple
  3. For a family (all or in part)
  4. For a group of persons in general (e.g.

For benefactors, Poor Souls, etc.)


Intentions can be for a specific cause, such as:

For world peace, for an end to abortion, etc


Intentions can be for a specific saint or devotion, such as:

In honor of St. Jude, Sacred Heart, et al.


To be fair to others, please limit your Intention(s) to 12 for a specific day and mass time; i.e. a person requesting 20 Intentions to all be on Sunday at 9:30, will be limited to 12; and 8 on another day and time.


A monetary free-will donation is made as a sign of one’s gift or sacrifice.  Generally, a donation is $10 per mass but we do not charge it.  Whatever is a sacrifice for you – more or less – is acceptable.