Sacramental Initiation

St. Bernard Religion Class for Sacraments –

 

Developing a child’s relationship with Jesus and educating him in the faith is the promise a parent makes at their child’s Baptism.

 

The parish staff and volunteers are here to help you fulfill this responsibility.

 

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE (Confession) – This weekend our children, who have been studying at home and attending a monthly meeting, received the Sacrament of Penance for the first time.

 

If your child is 7 years of age and you are ready to assist them to prepare for Reconciliation please contact the parish office by Feb. 18th. We can help with materials to use at home.

 

SACRAMENT OF EUCHARIST (Communion) – Having been reconciled with Christ and the Church, these children will now further their understanding of Jesus’ love and begin similar preparations for their First Communion in May.

 

If your child is 7 years of age and you would like him or her to receive their First Communion, please contact the parish office by Feb. 18 so they begin the preparations for Penance (Confession) first.

 

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION – If your teenager is in the 9th grade or higher, he or she can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please contact the parish office by Easter (April 5). Formal preparations will begin in the summer. By then, your child – by way of their own Baptism – should be involved in some charitable work in the parish, at school, or some Christian organization. If so, and with further information on the meaning of being a fully-initiated Christian, the bishop will celebrate for your teen the Sacrament of Confirmation here in St. Bernard Church in the spring, 2016.

 

For more information on preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation, contact the parish office or email: info@stbernardstmary.org.

Lenten Journey

OUR ST. BERNARD LENTEN JOURNEY

 

STARTS FEBRUARY 17 – Mardi Gras!

                         All are welcome…BRING A FRIEND

 

“COME TO ME ALL YOU WHO LABOR AND ARE OVERBURDENED

AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST”

 

JESUS CHRIST EXTENDS THIS SAME INVITATION TO YOU TODAY!

 

COME AND LISTEN!

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE GOOD NEWS

FOR ADULTS AND YOUTH [OVER 13]

 

STARTS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

[CONTINUES TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS]

 

7:00PM – St. Bernard SOCIAL HALL

 

Free childcare provided

 

TRANSLADO EN ESPAÑOL

 

1 HOUR –   NO REGISTRATION

NO FEE   –   NO HOMEWORK

Comunidad Hispana

HOY – PRESENTACIÓN DE INMIGRACIÓN -Domingo 1ro. de febrero, en el salón social, después de la Misa de la 1:00 pm., en español, presentado por Camille R. Gill, Procurador General, de Servicios Legales de Inmigración, Para más información llame al 216-939-3769 oficina de Servicios de Inmigración y Refugiados de Caridades Católicas de la Diócesis de Cleveland.

 

PAREFRAUDENOTARIAL.ORG – ¡Cuidado con las promesas de los Notarios! La reforma de inmigración del Presidente Obama no ayudará a todos; DETENGASE – la verdad es que no todo el mundo va a ser elegible. HABLE con un abogado de inmigración calificado, PREGUNTE, y REPORTE los notarios que están tratando de aprovecharse de usted o su familia. Para obtener más información, visite www. stopnotariofraud.org.

 

HOY SE CELEBRA EL DIA DE LA CANDELARIAtodos están invitados a bajar al Salón Social para compartir los tamales que traerán a los que les toco el “niño” de la Rosca de Reyes el 6 de enero.

 

ROSARIO– El primer rosario será el 7 de febrero en la casa de Janire García en 821 Stadelman Ave. Akron. Llevar algo para compartir.

 

JUAN XXIII–El sábado, 7 de febrero, de 10am hasta el mediodía en la capilla pequeña de St. Bernard. Rosario, charlas, estudios de la biblia, vigilias. El próximo retiro es el 20-22 de marzo para hombres. Para más información llamar al 330-253-5161 o habla con Ana Martínez o Mónica Castro.

 

CLASES PARA BAUTISMO – La próxima clase en preparación por un bautismo para su hijo es el domingo el 1 de marzo a las 2:00 de la tarde aquí.

 

NECESITAMOS SUS ORACIONES: para Jorge Prado, Rosalía Duran, Georgina Valerio, y Florentino Martínez que Dios les cuide.

 

PROYECTO RAICES Y CLASES DE INGLES-1ro. y 3er. Sábado del mes. 10:00-2:00pm. Más información Por favor llamar a la oficina parroquial 330-253-5161 los L-M de 9:00-5:00 pm. Recuerde que estar registrado en Clases de Inglés es un requisito para aplicar para la Acción Diferida.

 

GED EN ESPAÑOL- Los lunes 2, 9, 16, 23, los martes 3, 10, 17, 24y viernes 6, 13, 20, 27de febrero. En 22 Rhodes Ave, Akron, Apartamento 102, de 6:30-8:30pm. Para más información llamar a HéctorCruz Cruz 216-323-6713 de 6:00 – 9:00pm. o Nancy Cabrera 330-253-5161de 9-5pm.

 

CHARLAS DE LIDERAZGO- Señor Carlos Vara, estará el domingos 8 de febrero 2015 después de la misa de la una en el salón Histórico. Llamar ala oficina parroquial 330-253-5161 y hable con la secretaria Nancy Cabrera.

 

CONSULADO MOVIL DE MEXICO – El consu-lado móvil no vendrá a la escuela de St. Mary este año.   Les ofrecemos fechas para el verano, 2015, pero en esas fechas no pueden venir. Si hay otro sitio al que vendrán, se los informaremos a Uds.

 

CLASES DE RELIGION – El equipo pastoral y los voluntarios aquí están listos para ayudar a los padres. Tenemos instrucciones y libros para ayudarles para enseñar en la casa a sus hijos.

 

PRIMERA CONFESIÓN–Diez niños hicieron su primera Confesión el sábado pasado. Felicidades Niños, y la Pazde Jesús este siempre con ustedes.

 

PRIMERA COMUNIÓN- Ahora, los mismos niños van a iniciar sus preparaciones para la Primera Comunión que va a ocurrir en el mayo.

Si tiene un niño de 7 años que le quiere inscribir en este proceso de Confesión y Comunión, favor de llamar a la oficina hasta 18 febrero. 330-253-5161.

 

CONFIRMACIÓN- Si tiene un joven del grado 9 omás.La preparación empieza en el verano, 2015. El candidato debe participar aquí en la parroquia. El obispo celebrará este Sacramento en la primavera, 2016.

 

 

 

RETIRO CUARESMALPARA TODOS EN ESTA PARROQUIA – 15 Charlas los martes y los jueves de Cuaresma en Inglés y en Español solo una hora (60 minutos, no más). Proveemos cuidado para los niños. Vengan para una charla o quince charlas, pero ven! Encuentra al Señor Jesús esta Cuaresma.

Faith Enrichment Events

SPIRITUALITY PROGRAM FOR ADULTS – Walsh Jesuit is again offering its Spirituality Program for Adults (SPA) this winter. It is a wonderful Lenten Opportunity. The SPA is a group retreat experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola held over a period of 9 weeks. Meetings are held once per week for approximately 2 ½ hours at the school. Retreatants are expected to pray ½ hour each day; materials for prayer will be provided. The Spiritual Exercises have inspired countless men and women to deeper spiritual growth, especially a deeper relationship with Jesus. The Winter/Lent sessions are being held on Tuesday evenings, January 27 – March 24, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:30 P.M. For more information or to make a reservation, go to our website at http://www.walshjesuit.org/alumni/staying-connected/spirituality-program-for-adults or contact Dolly Gingo at gingod@walshjesuitlorg or 330-929-4205, ext 264.

 

DISCIPLE FOR THE DYINGTheMass schedule is as follows: St. Sebastian, February 6that 5:00 pm. St. Bernard, March 6th at 12:10pm.

 

LOYOLA RETREAT HOUSE “Fat Tuesday Dinner and Lenten Reflection” Come and join us for a spiritual reflection and a feast as we prepare for Lent. Feb. 17 – Directed by Abbot Clemente Zeleznik, OSB. Arrival: Friday Registration 5:30 p.m. $25 per person ($50 per couple due with registration. Registration form &information at: loyolaretreathouse.com or call 330-896-2315.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: AWARENESS AND PRAYER -Sunday, February 8,St. Hilary Parish will be holding an afternoon of Human Trafficking awareness and prayer in the Commons of Our Lady of the Elms High School from 2:00-3:30 pm. On this day, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has encouraged Catholics to pray for the emotional, physical, and spiritual healing of those that have been trafficked, and make a personal commitment to work against human trafficking. Did you know that this this human tragedy is occurring right in our own community? All are welcome to learn how and where this is happening, and what you can do to help. All are welcome! For more information, contact Marie Colaner, at 330-867-1055 ext. 217

Parish Events

seminarians, and Fr. Paul Passant trekked through the Winter Storm from New Jersey. They will be our Neo-Catechumenate Lenten Team.   Beginning Tuesday, February 17 they will give a presentation every Tuesday and Thursday through Lent in the Social Hall at 7pm. Our prayer is that you are blessed by their witness these weeks they are living here among us in Akron.

 

BLESSING OF ST. BLAISE – On Tuesday after Daily Mass, the blessing of St. Blaise will be given.

 

LIGHTHOUSE CATHOLIC MEDIA – A Display Cabinet stocked with CDs, DVDs, books, and pamphlets – in English and some in Español –will be available for your personal use. As disciples of the Lord there’s a desire to know more about him, learn more about his teachings, which increases a felt love for him. This Lighthouse in our St. Bernard Community can be a beacon to guide you. Watch for the display coming soon. Check it out!

 

IRS STATEMENTS – for a copy of your 2014 free-will contributions to St. Bernard please contact the parish office. These do not include donations made to the Rooted-In-Faith Initiative or to Catholic Charities.

 

SCHOOL HONORSCongratulations to the following Archbishop Hoban High School students from our Parish who received scholastic honors for the 2nd quarter of the 2014-2015 School year: Luisa Landaverde, Caroline Monsour, and John Monsour.

RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE – will be held on Monday, February 9, at 1 pm in St. Bernard’s conference room.  Please come to share your ideas, listen, and enjoy fellowship with many pro-lifers!  We need your input in helping with the many projects we have planned in 2015.  More information: Patty D.  garagesalecrazy@yahoo.com

CATHOLIC CHARITIES IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES.Attorneys and paralegals from Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services will here today at 2:00pm. There will be a brief explanation about the new immigration programs included in President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action announcement. Attorneys will be available for free brief advice on immigration matters. Please join us if you or your family could benefit from these programs and to learn what you should be doing now to prepare for the application process. Migration and Refugee Services Immigration Legal Services. St. Augustine Towers 7800 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102 For appointments call: 216-939-3769

From the Pastor, Jan 25

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Dear Community of St. Bernard,

 

            Christian Unity – Today concludes the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Did you pray that we be one? It was Jesus’ prayer for all who would come to believe in him (John 17:21).

            Divisions continue in the Church but it is with great hope that unity will be restored. We see signs of it. The brotherly spirit and efforts of Pope Francis have united – in spirit at least – Christians of various beliefs around the ‘voice of Peter’ from whom with admiration they want to hear more.

            For some time, on another level, unity has been growing and our prayer has been affective. When clergy gather for an ecumenical prayer event it is usually cordial and focused on the cause for prayer. We are united. And today I know priests who count among their good friends and confidants pastors of other Christian communities. That rarely, if ever, happened 60-70 years ago.

            Where I often experience the division is when someone is trying to tell me how wrong I am in being a Catholic. Maybe you’ve met someone like that. What do you do? What do you say? I don’t do much of either. It’s then that the “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” kicks in for me. I just pray for the person; usually after Jesus has saved me from him or her! But sometimes right then and there as the person is trying to win me over. Pray!

            I recently viewed on Youtube, one of our St. Bernard parishioners approaching a man after Mass preaching that Catholics don’t need Sacraments, the Church, etc. The parishioner was awesome in his respect for the “preacher”, his kind and gentle manner of pointing out things that unite us as followers of Jesus. This is how we are called to bring the Gospel – with prayer and a spirit of charity – for sure, it is the work of the Holy Spirit.

            But, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we Christians are all the same; all alike. I experience the division most awkwardly at a wedding or funeral Mass. There, a congregation is united in joy or in sadness, but then at Communion we face the reality that we are not all the same in our beliefs about Jesus’ teachings. Our bishops explain in the cover of the missalettes “Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of oneness of faith, life, and worship” (italics added). In reality, we all are not quite there yet.

            But, we’ve come a long way; and we still need a Week to Pray that Jesus’ prayer for unity indeed becomes his Believer’s reality.      Fr. Dan

Religious Classes for the Sacraments

St. Bernard Religion Class for Sacraments –

 

Developing a child’s relationship with Jesus and educating him in the faith is the promise a parent makes at their child’s Baptism.

 

The parish staff and volunteers are here to help you fulfill this responsibility.

 

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE (Confession) – This weekend our children, who have been studying at home and attending a monthly meeting, received the Sacrament of Penance for the first time.

 

If your child is 7 years of age and you are ready to assist them to prepare for Reconciliation please contact the parish office by Feb. 18th. We can help with materials to use at home.

 

SACRAMENT OF EUCHARIST (Communion) – Having been reconciled with Christ and the Church, these children will now further their understanding of Jesus’ love and begin similar preparations for their First Communion in May.

 

If your child is 7 years of age and you would like him or her to receive their First Communion, please contact the parish office by Feb. 18 so they begin the preparations for Penance (Confession) first.

 

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION – If your teenager is in the 9th grade or higher, he or she can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please contact the parish office by Easter (April 5). Formal preparations will begin in the summer. By then, your child – by way of their own Baptism – should be involved in some charitable work in the parish, at school, or some Christian organization. If so, and with further information on the meaning of being a fully-initiated Christian, the bishop will celebrate for your teen the Sacrament of Confirmation here in St. Bernard Church in the spring, 2016.

 

For more information on preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation, contact the parish office or email: info@stbernardstmary.org.

Listening from the last pew

“LISTENING FROM THE LAST PEW: Ten

Reasons Dennis sits in the back pew”… by a Daily Mass attendee here at St. Bernard … Enjoy!

 

  1. No kneeler behind interfering with feet
  2. Get to know and greet people
  3. Heat in the winter
  4. Breeze and more light in the summer
  5. Vantage point to take attendance
  6. No one behind me to see my bald spot
  7. Close exit for emergency
  8. Additional exercise walking up to                       Communion and back
  9. Easy to duck out for a cell call   (I’ll be watching for that, Dennis – fdr!)

 

And the No. 1 reason Dennis sits in the back pew:

                 At 3/4 of a century (75 yrs. old) being                               close to a restroom is a good thing!

Comunidad Hispana

RETIRO CUARESMAL – 15 Charlas los martes y los jueves de Cuaresma en Inglés y en Español solo una hora (60 minutos, no más). Proveemos cuidado para los niños. Vengan para una charla o quince, pero ven! Encuentra al Señor Jesús esta Cuaresma.

 

JUAN XXIII – Sábado, el 7 de febrero, 10am a mediodía en la capilla dentro St. Bernard. Rosario, charlas, estudios de la biblia, vigilias. El próximo retiro es el 20-22 de marzo para hombres. Para más información llama 330-253-5161 o habla con Ana Martínez o Mónica Castro.

 

PROYECTO RAICES Y CLASES DE INGLES-1ro. y 3er. Sábado del mes. 10:00-2:00pm. Más información Gladys Apaéstegui (Proyecto Raíces) Nancy Cabrera (ESL) Por favor llamar a la oficina parroquial 330-253-5161 los L-M de 9:00-5:00 pm. Recuerde que estar registrado en Clases de Inglés es un requisito para aplicar para la Acción Diferida.

NECESITAMOS SUS ORACIONES: para nuestro amigo Jorge Prado que Dios le cuide y le proteja, el participo en la Kermes Latina del 2010 con su sabrosa horchata ecuatoriana.

 

PRESENTACIÓN SOBRE INMIGRACIÓN -Domingo 1ro. de febrero, en el salón social, después de la Misa de la 1:00 pm., en español, presentado por Camille R. Gill, Procurador General, de Servicios Legales de Inmigración, Para más información llame al 216-939-3769 oficina de Servicios de Inmigración y Refugiados de Caridades Católicas de la Diócesis de Cleveland.

 

GED EN ESPAÑOL- Los lunes 26, los martes 27 y viernes 30 de enero. En 22 Rhodes Avenue, Akron, Apartamento 102, de 6:15-8:30pm. Para más información llamar a Héctor Cruz Cruz 216-323-6713 de 6:00 – 9:00pm. o Nancy Cabrera 330-253-5161de 9-5pm.

 

CHARLAS DE LIDERAZGO- Señor Carlos Vara, estará los domingos 25 de enero y 8 de febrero 2015 después de la misa de la una en el salón Histórico.Llamar ala oficinaparroquial 330-253-5161 y hable con la secretaria Nancy Cabrera.

 

PAREFRAUDENOTARIAL.ORG – ¡Cuidado con las promesas de los Notarios! La reforma de inmigración del Presidente Obama no ayudará a todos. DETÉNGASE – aunque hay una gran cantidad de entusiasmo alrededor de este anuncio, la verdad es que no todo el mundo va a ser elegible. No crea a notarios o a otros consultores no autorizados que le prometan una acción inmediata solo con el fin de robar su dinero. ESPERE hasta que los detalles sean hechos público. La ayuda equivocada puede dañar sus posibilidades de convertirse en un residente legal o ciudadano. HABLE con un abogado de inmigración calificado, PREGUNTE, y REPORTE los notarios que están tratando de aprovecharse de usted o su familia. Para obtener más información, visite a www. stopnotariofraud.org.

 

CONSULADO MOVIL DE MEXICO – Recibimos un correo electrónico del Consulado en Detroit, Michigan que el equipo no vendrá a la escuela de St. Mary este año como antes.   Le ofrecimos fechas para el verano, 2015, pero no le sirven. Si haya otro sitio, se les informaremos a Uds. el donde y la hora.

CLASES DE RELIGION – Le responsabilidad a formar a los niños en una relación con Jesucristo y a educarlos en la fe es de los padres y padrinos. Ellos hicieron una promesa a hacerlo en el Bautismo de su bebe.

 

El equipo pastoral y los voluntarios están aquí listos para ayudar a los padres. Tenemos libros e instrucciones para ayudar a los padres en casa para ensenar a sus hijos.

 

Primera Confesión – Hace cuatro meses niños de la comunidad empezaron sus preparaciones para celebrar el Sacramento de Penitencia (confesión) este fin de semana. Felicidades, Niños, y la Paz.  

 

Primera Comunión – Ahora, los mismos niños van a iniciar sus preparaciones para la Primera Comunión que va a ocurrir en mayo.

 

Si tiene un niño de 7 anos que le quiere entrar este proceso de Confesión y Comunión, favor de llamar a la oficina por el 18 de febrero. 330-253-5161.

 

Confirmación – Si tiene un joven del grado 9 o más alto. La preparación empieza en el verano, 2015. El candidato debe participar aqui en la parroquia. El obispo va a celebrar este Sacramento en la primavera, 2016.

Area Social Events

VISITATION OF MARY – 200 CLUB – only $52 per person for the year! For 8 months, two lucky people will win $100 each. PLUS in March and September, there will be an additional drawing for $500! The first drawing will be February 20th. For information or to sign up, contact Jerry at 330-376-9227 or 330-535-4141, ext. 12.

 

CULTURE & ARTS AT ST. SEBASTIAN – The academy offers courses in arts, music, language and other cultural subjects, and is for persons of all ages interested in learning about, experiencing, and/or influencing arts and culture in our society. The next session of classes will begin in early February, and registrations are now being accepted. To register, or learn more about the academy instructors, please visit: www.stsebastian.org/academy.