Parish News

JUNE 4th PLANTING – Laudato Si’ In Action Aware of our care for creation, our Knights of Columbus Council 547 will lead us with planting flowers in the church beds and cleaning the grounds. Come help us beautify our block. If you would like to make a donation of flowers please bring plats of your favorites that morning at 9am. Come alone or bring the family.

THE HOLY DOOR OF MERCY – has been opened at our Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland. This summer we will make a bus trip to the cathedral, attend Mass, enter the Door, and stop to eat. We are looking at Saturday, July 30 (when the Republican National Convention is over) and a fare of about $25-30 per person including dinner. An exact date and fare will be announced based on the number of participants. Leave your name and contact information at the office if you are interested; or email  DEADLINE to SIGN-UP is JUNE 10th.

2016 CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL – The weekend of May 21/22 was our second and last In-pew request to aid the needy throughout the eight Northeast Ohio counties of our diocese. The appeal will be in all parishes that weekend. As of March 31, we are 81% toward our pledge goal of $44,997. Two hundred four people have sent in $16,515 so far. We especially ask those returning from Winter to help. God bless you.  Thank you for your participation in this Annual Appeal for those in need.


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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.

YOUNG CATHOLIC PROFESSIONSALS – Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Bishop Lennon and HUNDREDS of YOUNG, PROFESSIONALLY MOTIVATED Catholics (over 300) attended this event at Shooter’s in the Flats, for FREE drinks and appetizers to celebrate the launch of Young Catholic Professionals.  In your 20s or 30s stay tuned for the next gathering.

THE PETER MAURIN CENTER– is an Akron, inner-city Drop-In Center for homeless and marginalized individuals. As we head into the end of the school year, a great number of backpacks in our area will be retired. If some of these larger-size backpacks are mostly clean and retain a substantial amount of useful remaining life, THE PMC would like to once again distribute these used back packs. Our goal is to distribute 200 backpacks this summer. If you have a backpack that still wants to work, you can bring it to THE PMC. Or call Ken Zehenni (330-907-6710) to arrange with him a pick-up. Thank you for re-cycling those backpacks that still have a job to do.

C.O.O.L. DAY SERVICE PROJECT – Mercy In Action – In this year of mercy, there is a one day interdenominational service for all ages to practice both the Spiritual and Corporal works of mercy. On Saturday, June 4, all ages can volunteer to come together and work with C.O.O.L. (Community Outreach Of Love) to improve the outside of 18 homes on one Tallmadge Street. To put our faith into action and to find out more visit You can also register to volunteer (deadline is May 9) at their web site. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

HOUSING HOSPITALITY – Thanks to many of you who have opened your home to house the National French Boy’s Choir. As we receive information from the organizers we will get you the time schedule for Friday, July 29. The concert is at 7:30pm, then guests will be housed, and return the next morning at 7am for their departure to Toronto, Canada.

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.



Newman Center News

Newman Summer Nights in the Center – UA Catholic Student planning to be in town during the summer are invited to a couple social nights to beheld on June 18th, July 22nd, and August 20th from 7:30 pm to 11 pm.  

Contact us at to stay in touch with the Newman Center and its events over the summer holiday.

Upcoming Events

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

May 29 – FIRST COMMUNION MASS – 12:00 Noon for ten of our children.  Please remember them the Spring Class in your prayers as they receive this Sacrament on the Solemn Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).

June 19 – FAREWELL MASS for FR. NORM DOUGLAS – On this Father’s Day we take the opportunity to bid farewell to Fr. Norm who resided and assisted our community for the past 17 years while Co-director of Heart-to-Heart Communications. Fr. Norm will preside at the 10:00 Mass.   A reception will follow in the social hall.

June 25 – PARISH NIGHT with the AKRON RUBBER DUCKS – Join us for the 4:30pm Vigil Mass, followed by Hot Dogs and Beverages in the Social Hall, and a walk down to the stadium for the 7pm game against the Trenton Thunder.  Total Cost: $10 per person.  Participants can park for free in the parish lot.

July 9 – ITALIAN FESTIVAL MASS – Mass on Saturday, July 9th at 4:30pm to concluded the 3-day Akron event in downtown

July 29 – NATIONAL FRENCH BOYS’ CHOIR – Concert on Friday, July 29th at 7:30pm (free will offering

July 30 – THE HOLY DOOR of MERCY – Call the parish office to reserve a spot on a bus to Cleveland to attend the 4:30pm Mass at St. John Cathedral on Saturday, July 30th, pass through the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy, and stop for dinner on the way back to Akron.

August 14 – ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC – Join fellow parishioners and guests at the Firestone Park Pavillion in South Akron.  Mass will be celebrated in the park.  Games, fishing, and lots of eating. Bring some food or a game to share.

August 21 – DERBYTOWN MEN’S CHOIR – We are happy to have with us again this local a capella men’s chorus to support our singing and praising at the 10:00 AM Mass.  All are welcome.


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?

INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) will continue holding inquiry meetings on Sundays after the 9:30am Mass here at St. Bernard. If you have questions, are interested in the Christian faith, or know someone who would welcome an invitation, please call Jim Griggy at 330-773-1248 or the parish office 330-253-5161.

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.”