VOLUNTEER GREETERS – are needed to welcome guests to St. Bernard for the Healing Mass on Wednesday, May 11 from 5pm-8pm. Call the parish office to help out or stop at the table in the church lobby to volunteer or for more info. Thank you for making St. Bernard a House of Hospitality and Prayer.
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 email@example.com.
HONORING MOMs IN MAY – In the month in which we honor Moms, the Blessed Mother is the first among all Christian Mothers to receive the promises of her Son, Jesus Christ. If you wish to arrange a communal recitation of the Rosary before any weekend Mass, please begin 30 minutes prior to the scheduled Mass time. Thanks. And REMEMBER – Next Sunday is Mother’s Day. Pray for her – living or deceased – our prayers benefit her soul.
DEMKEE SCHOLARSHIP – will award a $1,000 scholarship to a University of Akron student. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be a parishioner at a Catholic parish in Summit Co. For applications go online: www.catholiccommunity.org or call Colleen Rigo at 800-869-6525 x4080.
Church Organ Fund
WE are nearing 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.
AN INVITATION TO RETURN HOME – St. Hilary Parish, 2750 W. Market Street, Fairlawn will conduct an ongoing series called “Catholics Returning Home” on six consecutive Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm in the lower level of the church. These sessions are for Catholics who have been away and are seeking answers to questions about returning to the Church. There will be informal sharing and an update on the faith. Upcoming topics include:
May 2 “Pope Francis & the Church Today”
May 9 “All About the Mass”
May 16 “Reconciliation: Why Bother?”
May 23 “The Creed: What Catholics Believe”
Come for all or part of the series. No registration! You will find the door open and a warm welcome! For more details, call 330-867-1055 or email today! firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
YOUNG CATHOLIC PROFESSIONSALS – Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30 to 9 p.m. come join Bishop Lennon and HUNDREDS of YOUNG, PROFESSIONALLY MOTIVATED Catholics at Shooter’s inthe Flats, for FREE drinks and appetizers to celebrate the launch of Young Catholic Professionals — Cleveland! YCP Cleveland is the NEWEST chapter of one of the Nation’s fastest-growing Catholic orgnaizations, encouraging professionals in their 20s and 30s to “Work in Witness for Christ.” Check it out! How ’bout one in Akron??
FUNERAL and CEMETERY ARRANGEMENTS
- 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
- Does not have to be done alone
Service Representatives are available to meet with you one-on-one, in a group, or as a family
Workshop location: Holy Cross Cemetery Office
100 E. Waterloo, Akron
Workshop time: Sat., May 21 from 1:00-2:00pm
Workshop Cost: FREE, refreshments provided
Register by calling: 216-641-7575 ext. 7
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 www.cooldays.org. 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
RIGHT TO LIFE COUNSELORS – “WHAT TO DO; WHAT TO SAY!” Right to Life of Northeast Ohio will host their 2nd Sidewalk Counseling Class on Saturday, May 14 , from 9:30 – 11:30am at their office located at 572 W. Market St., Akron. When you witness or do sidewalk counseling at an abortion facility, it’s not always enough to rely on your faith that what you’re saying is the best answer to saving lives. Come learn how to be better prepared. Register online: www.righttolifeofnortheastohio.com or at 330-762-2785.
QUIRE CLEVELAND CONCERT
SATURDAY – MAY 21st – 7:30pm
St. Bernard Parish
Presenting the MASS for 5 Voices by the 16th Century English composer William Byrd. He was a Catholic composer at time when it was illegal in England, yet he was held in high esteem by his contemporaries and by Queen Elizabeth I.
Get in the mood for this concert with a visit to Quire’s YouTube channel, where you can hear “Sing joyfully,” “Venite exultemus Domine,” and other works by the great William Byrd. Tickets are on line or at the door: $20, $5 student, and under 18 years of age Free.
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.
2016 CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL – The weekend of May 21/22 will be 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.