Mass Schedule

Saturday, Vigil
5:00 pm

Sundays
7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am

Weekdays
Mon.-Sat.

8:15 am

Mon., Tues.,
Thurs., Fri.

6:30 pm

Baptisms

At Mass on the third weekend of the month. Please make arrangements beforehand with the Parish Priest.

Anointing of
the Sick

At any time. Please call the Rectory at 330.644.2225

Weddings

Arrangements with the Parish Priest is to be made at least six months before the wedding date.

Confession

Saturday 3:30-4:45 pm or call one of the priests for an appointment.

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.
Saint Francis de Sales
From the Pastor's Desk

(Recently I received a letter from someone who found out about a couple who had a miscarriage.  She asked me if I thought it was appropriate to send it to the mother of this baby, since she didn't know her very well.  When I read it I found it was more than appropriate for these parents.  I asked her for permission to share this with you who are reading this bulletin.  Somehow, the faith and trust in which this letter was written, helps bring God's Truth and Life to light in the heart.  Peace, Fr. Bline)

Dear Sister-in-Christ,

     Sunday as you sat behind me in the pew and I heard you weep, I cried too.  I could understand your mother’s tears.  I offer my condolences to your husband and children too, but it’s your tears that inspired me to write.

   No man could possibly understand what it is to carry a child within you.  That gift is for women alone, that precious honor is for us, to become acquainted with the spirit dwelling within, long before anyone else.

    Your baby knew you well.  Your little girl knew so much about you:  The cadences of your heart, when you were sleeping, resting, working.  She was soothed by your breath sounds and the rocking of the rise and fall of your diaphragm.  She heard your voice and could likely tell if you were anxious, angry, happy.  She heard you speak lovingly to her father and siblings, and enjoyed all your body chemistries that resulted from her mother’s affections.  She experienced you laughing, your joy.  She knew you, and so does our Father in heaven.

    He gave her to you, to love and cherish for her life here on earth.  Her life changed you forever, physically, emotionally and spiritually in those few weeks.  He chose you to mother her.  Your DNA for His creation.  He chose you.  He chose you for her family, and even harder, He chose you to give her back.  How he must love this child, that He would go to so much trouble, to give her a mother like yourself, and my, how He must love you also that He would choose you to give her back.  He chose your heart; He chose your soul.

    Below is one of my favorite quotes by St. Francis de Sales:

“The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the Cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. He has blessed it with His holy name, anointed it with His grace, perfumed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.”

You and your family have my prayers.

Fr. G. David Bline, Pastor

Fr. Louis Thomas, Parochial Vicar

Deacon Raymond S. Herrick

Deacon Richard C. Butz, Retired

Kathleen Ott, Faith Formation-Youth Ministry, Director 

 

Parish Registration

Please see one of the priests after any of the weekend Masses.

Parish Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm

Get Directions

4019 Manchester Road

Akron, OH  44319

330.644.2225

Notices

Upcoming

LENTEN SCRIPTURE STUDY

   This year our Lenten Scripture Study will be centered around Father Robert Barron’s book: Priest, Prophet, King.

   Our six-week study will begin the week of February 16th (the week of Ash Wednesday) and run through the week of March 23rd.

   There will be day and evening sessions available Monday through Friday.

   Sign-ups will begin on January 24th.

Upcoming

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An Invitation to

No matter how long one has been away or for whatever reason, we invite you to consider renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church. Our faith community misses you and is incomplete without you.  Please join us for informal sessions and an update of the Catholic faith. The six-session series will be conducted in a group format:

Catholics Returning Home

Thursdays 7:15 – 8:45 pm

January 8 – February 12, 2015

St. Francis de Sales Parish, Upper Room

4019 Manchester Road, Akron 44319

Jan 29 All About the Mass
Feb 4 Wed. Reconciliation, Why Bother?
Feb 12 The Creed: What Catholics Really Believe

 

Come for all or part of the Thursday evening series. Explore the way home! You will find an open door and a warm welcome!

Printed forms available in the church foyer.

 

PARISH NEWS

Adoration continues weekdays during the following times:

 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

7-8:15 am and 7-10:00 pm

 

Tuesdays

7-8:15 am

9:00 am-6:30 pm and 7-10:00 pm

 

Fridays

School year:  7-8:15 am, 10:00 am-6:30 pm, and 7-10:00 pm

Summer months:  7-8:15 am, 9:00 am-6:30 pm, and 7-10:00 pm

 

Youth