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.

Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.
Saint Francis de Sales
From the Pastor's Desk

Calling All Artists

Last week's awesome gathering of our children for Catholic Mission Camp (VBS) helped me appreciate the beauty of simplicity and a desire to be more like them in their approach to becoming saints. (Thank you VBS team & Fr. Durkee for all you did). Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate St. John Paul II's first feast day (October 22)? I recommend you come to know the heart of this saintly man by reading one of his writings. In particular, his 1999 Letter to Artists is one of my favorites (see www.vatican.va for more). It has inspired me to take a deeper look at how we/the Church are called to support authentic art, art that must always reflect the Divine. It is, in fact, the inspiration behind all the visual and environmental changes you have been a part of since I came here. The renovating of the sanctuary, the Easter murals placed on either side of the Crucifix, the Adoremus Room, the parish landscaping and prayer gardens, the music ministry development, the restoration of the stained glass windows from Sts. George, and C&M, and the annual Day School Christian Coffeehouse, are just a few.   Some of the most profound callings for religious artwork came at the beginning of the 21st Century when Pope John Paul II offered this bit of advice to artists, "To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new epiphanies of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world. An appeal to artists...I turn to you, the artists of the world, to assure you of my esteem and to help consolidate a more constructive partnership between art and the Church. Mine is an invitation to rediscover the depth of the spiritual and religious dimension which has been typical of art in its noblest forms in every age. It is with this in mind that I appeal to you, artists of the written and spoken word, of the theatre and music, of architecture...and the most recent technologies in the field of communication.  I appeal especially to you, Christian artists: I wish to remind each of you that, beyond functional considerations, the close alliance that has always existed between the Gospel and art means that you are invited to use your creative intuition to enter into the heart of the mystery of the Incarnate God and at the same time into the mystery of man."  Therefore, I am inviting any of our parishioner artists (whether it is in the written word, music, drawing/painting, textiles, pottery, dance, architecture/design, etc.) to let me know if you would like to join in a Saint John Paul II Day of the Arts on October 5th from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. at the Tudor House.  It will be a chance for you to offer your gifts and talents for others to appreciate, while enjoying an afternoon of wine and cheese tasting.  Give a call to the rectory for more information and how you can participate.  Next week's bulletin will have a flyer and application form.
Pax, Fr. Bline

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

From Father Thomas' Desk

Christmas in July

I’ve never truly understood this holiday.  I get the fact that in the Southern Hemisphere, the 25th day of December is in the summer, and they began to celebrate Christmas at this time to capture that wintery feel.  But, isn’t the opposite of 25 December the 25th of June?  Isn’t that when midsummer Christmas should be?  It would definitely make it closer to the summer solstice like Christmas is closer to the winter solstice.  And yet, Catholics celebrate another major solemnity close to the summer solstice, the Birth of John the Baptist.  Theologically this makes sense as after that point, the amount of daylight shrinks as John says, “He must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30).  Perhaps they didn’t want to interfere with that day of solemnity?

I was told that a big part of this tradition was that in North America, there are no holidays after the beginning of July till Labor Day, and it seemed like a good idea to insert something in late July or early August, and this just seemed to fit.  Another reason may come from the 1892 opera Wether, in which the children begin to practice Christmas hymns in July.  Whatever the case, in the end, I have been told that it’s a made up holiday.  It can be whenever they want it.

But one thing Christmas in July does mark is the beginning of the end of summer.  Within a month, school will be back in session.  A lot of work is going into making sure the school will be ready for the influx of children, who are well rested and ready and eager to learn.  RCIA is also getting geared up as well.  If you know anyone who may be seeking to enter the Faith through Baptism or brought into full communion with the Church through Confirmation and Eucharist, please encourage them to call the rectory or maybe even call for them.  Evangelization is everyone’s responsibility.  However, RCIA is not just for those seeking to enter the Church.  It is for anyone who may wish to enhance his or her relationship with Christ.  So whether you are exploring the Catholic Church or just seeking to get to know her better, the RCIA is a wonderful place to do both. 

Christus vincit,

Fr. Thomas

PARISH NEWS

Adoration continues weekdays during the following times:

 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

7-8:15 a.m.

7-10:00 p.m.

 

 

Tuesdays and Fridays

7-8:15 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (During the school year)

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (During the summer months)

7-10:00 p.m.

 

Youth