Blessed Sacrament Chapel


THE BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL –  Is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm for anyone to make a visit before the Lord in the Eucharist.  This time of quiet prayer in the heart of downtown Akron is a blessing to many.

At any time of the year, but especially this week when we celebrate the Feast of His Body and Blood, you are invited to spend a few minutes or an hour with Him.

For your comfort a washroom is available and security cameras are in the chapel.  If for some reason the lower entry door is locked please come to the parish office for access.

From the Pastor

Dear Community of St. Bernard,

Beginning in this month of September we will go to a shared bulletin with St. Mary Parish.  Our websites will not be shared since the majority of ‘hits’ for St. Mary is activity related to their Grade School.

This Catechetical Sunday we begin our religious education programs.  Children ages 3 to 1st Grade meet during the Liturgy of the Word at the 10am Mass.  Please have your child sit in the reserved pew with the catechist who will lead them to the room for bible study.  After the 10am Mass any and all teens are invited to the History Room to begin classes for this academic year.  The content is designed to help our youth know Jesus and his teachings for daily living.  All other children for religion classes were to have registered (as announced over the past months).  Classes begin this week.

Next Sunday there will a second collection for Catholic Communications.  Envelopes are available to support the many media programs (TV, Radio, Internet, etc.) to not only bring people closer to Christ, explain the Catholic faith, but also to support homebound Catholics.  It is worthwhile ministry of the Church beyond our parish capabilities.

Peace and Good,
Fr. Dan

Parish News


Have you ever considered being part of a Catholic Men’s organization?  Men who are followers of Jesus Christ through prayer and charitable works.  Then consider this world wide organization known as the K of C.  They meet here at St. Bernard monthly and can be reach via the parish office for more information.  Also, you will find pamphlets on the Kiosk at the church front entrance.


Once again will gather on Wednesdays at 6:30pm for a free dinner and social hour.  Let’s support one another as RooCatholics: learn about events at the University, grow in faith with input from guest speakers, celebrate the Sacraments of Christ’s grace, and much more.


With the latest papal instruction regarding the care of a deceased loved one’s ashes, we ask families to have their funeral director contact the church when burial arrangements have been made.  If you are not working with a funeral home, please contact a cemetery directly to make arrangements.  Questions may be directed a specific cemetery or to:
Holy Cross Cemetery Office
100 E. Waterloo, Akron
216-641-7575 ext. 7

ST. BERNARD CHURCH ORGAN FUND – WE have begun the restoration of our 111-year old pipe organ.  Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio has been contracted for the work, as they were in 1905 to build our pipe organ.  We hope to raise the final $40,000 needed to complete the project by Christmas, 2017.  If you wish to dedicate an organ pipe or help in any financial way, 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.

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 – RooCatholic

RooCatholics at the March for Life in DC January 27, 2017

RooCatholics at the March for Life in DC             January 27, 2017


All UA Students are invited to be with us at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays for a free dinner in the Newman Center located on the top floor of the Parish Office Building.

Join us February 1st to learn about our March for Life in Washington, DC.  And about other Newman Events.


Here are upcoming presentations and events for WEDNESAYS with RooCatholic:

February 1 – Pro-LIFE Night
February 15 – Theology of the Body: An Introduction
February 22 – Presentation by Scott Scalf

March 1 – Ash Wednesday: Fast between meals and Abstain from meat
  Mass at 5:30 pm in the Student Union, Ballroom A followed by a light dinner
March 8 – EXALT: contemporary reflection music in St. Bernard church
March 15 – Vocation Discernment Panel
  Lenten Night for Confessions from 5:00-8:00pm in St. Bernard church
March 22 – Presentation by Jack Heemskerk
March 29 – Newman Center is closed for UA Spring Break

April 5 – Pre-Easter Celebration
April 12 – Stations of the Cross in St. Bernard church
April 19 – St. JPII Night of the Arts in St. Bernard social hall
April 26 – Scavenger Hunt

May  3 – End of the Year Party and Graduate’s Farewell

Check for latest and upcoming Newman activities in the parish bulletin, or at their website:

Noticias Parroquiales


MIERCOLES DE CENIZAS – es el 1 de marzo.  Misas: 12:10pm en St. Bernard; 5:30 en University of Akron Union de Estudiantes; 7:00pm en St. Mary.  Servicios de Cenizas: 8:45am en St. Mary School; 9:30am en St. Bernard; 12pm en Hospital de los Ninos; 3:00pm en St. Bernard con Via de la cruz.

CLASES DE PRIMERA COMUNION – La proxima clase para los padres preparando a su hijo para el sacramento es domingo, el 5 de marzo.  Nos encontramos en el Salon Historico a la 1:00 de la tarde inmediatamente despues la misa al mediodia.  La familia debe asistir una misa dominical para prepararse.

V ENCUENTRO – Durante y siguente cada misa domincial en St. Bernard a las 12:00 de la tarde habra una renunion con informacion y conversasion sobre el ministrerio a los Hispanos y Latino en los Estados Unidos.


CAMINEMOS JUNTOS – Grupo de AA y Alanon en español. Todos los miercoles a las 8:00pm en Unity Church 4016 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon – 330-837-3737 (ingles).   Si alguna persona está interesado/da en saber más sobre estos programas. Lo invitamos a que nos acompañe a una reunión ahí le daremos personalmente la información que usted necesite y encontrara a una persona que le dará toda la información en español.

ROSARIOS – los primeros sábados del mes a las 7 pm. Hable con la señora Alma al 1-330-634-7574. Rosario – a la Virgen Rosa Mística, en casa de la Sra. Julia. 710 Lauby Ave. Akron, 44306, mas información llamar al 815-603-6724.

CONFESIONES – Hay sacerdote disponible para absolver los pecados por el Espíritu Santo y el ministerio de la Iglesia: a las 3:00-4:00 de la tarde en la iglesia de St. Bernard, o por cita.

AVISO – NO PONGA las velas en el piso ni en el altar. Por favor póngalas en los contenedores de cristal en el altar de lado o en el bautisterio o arriésguese a que la vela sea quitada. Los códigos de fuego no lo permiten.

LA MISA GUADALUPANA – es en diciembre y despues la misa hay una gran fiesta en el salon social.

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 as students are returning to classrooms. They certainly could benefit from our prayers and example.  Always remember to give thanks that the Lord “has made you worthy to be in his presence and to minister to him” (Eucharistic Prayer II).

Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held each day 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”.  Please respect this sacred space by not carrying on conversations or reading non-religious materials in the chapel.

The Heart of Christ in the Heart of Akron.  He waits for you.


Church Organ Fund

Dear Friends of St. Bernard,

In fall 2012, we began an all-out-effort to restore and expand our 111-year-old church organ. The last major restoration had been 60 years ago. 

Having reached the estimated goal to begin the restoration, we are in the contract phase with Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio.  The restoration has begun and will be completed by the end of 2017.  In this time we plan to raise the difference between the estimated funds and actual funds: $40,000.

You can see the progress they are making on the restoration at the following website:

The Schantz Organ Company installed our church organ in 1905.  We are fortunate to have a committed team who care not only for our pipe organ, but for one of their own. The restoration by Schantz will provide us with another 70-80 years of liturgical music. Their proposal, and so the difference in price, includes a new 2017 organ console, not a rebuilt one, as originally proposed.  The construction of wind chests will be done by them.  The refinishing and replacing of missing pipes is included.  All in all, it will be complete restoration of the organ they installed a century ago, yet with room for expansion if desired in the future.

We are still accepting any size donation to meet our over all goal of restoring this first-class instrument to its beauty when Fr. Broun had it installed in 1905.  Please make checks payable to the St. Bernard Organ Fund.

In memory of a loved one(s):
$100.00 per pipe or
$6,000 for a rank of 61 pipes (over 24 months)

For the Glory of God, Fr. Dan

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