Mass Schedule

Saturday, Vigil
5:00 pm

7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am


8:15 am

Mon., Tues.,
Thurs., Fri.

6:30 pm


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


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


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

 'Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum'

Whether or not you have the perfect pronunciation, how can you not just say this over and over again? "Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum" means "Make our hearts like yours" and is beautifully used in the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In preparation for this week's coming of Lent, Pope Francis said it is a perfect prayer: "In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference." So ask for His Sacred Heart and look for where it beats with such love in others around you.

     As much as it may seem we have just finished taking down our Christmas trees and the weather doesn't seem to know what season it is, Lent's Ash Wednesday begins this week on February 10. Lately, we have witnessed the call for hearts to be like Jesus' all around our parish. Last weekend hundreds gathered in our annual Feast Day Dinner and Silent Auction to offer support for our school.  Thank you all who donated, prepared or participated in this special night to raise over $47,000 (net) to help with the start up of our 1:1 technology program. Michelle and Todd Mellon (who have helped lead this event for the past eleven years) were thrilled to see the efforts and sacrifices of so many led to our biggest night ever! Thank you for your hearts!

     The "Be The Match" gathering that is coming next weekend is perhaps one of the most beautiful ways I have heard to celebrate the Heart of Jesus during St. Valentine day (and Ss. Cyril & Methodius day.  Please read more in this bulletin about a wonderful idea some parishioners are offering (in honor of my father) for you to help become a healing match for those in need. It would be a great tribute of sacrificial love if we have as many who are eligible come next weekend as we had at the auction last weekend.

Lent is all about our return to innocence, our return because of mercy, the return because of His love.  Keep this bulletin around so that you know our Lenten schedule from Ash Wednesday through all the 40 Days. Please use these next few days to prepare well that you might be open to the beauty and adventure of Lent, that your heart may know His. The start up of our beloved Fr. Byrider's devotion of his 40 Day Club (coming to Mass every day of Lent) is about to begin. This year we are once again adding Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Mass so no one has to be short a few days. Good News for this Year of Mercy...Confessions will be celebrated throughout the week,and for the first time, we will offer God's mercy before the weekend 5p, 9a, 11a Masses! Stations of the Cross will be back on Fridays at 7:00 p.m.. Join our youth group for Compline (Night Prayer) before the Blessed

 Sacrament every Sunday of Lent at 9:00 p.m.. The opportunities to realize Jesus' Sacred Heart are everywhere!

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



Year of Mercy

Who do you know that you could pass this invitation to?

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 7 – February 11, 2016

St. Francis de Sales Parish, VHM Room 

4019 Manchester Road, Akron 44319

Feb 11 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.



  All weekdays 8:15 am and 6:30 pm
  School Mass: 9:00 am on 
        the following dates:
     Ash Wednesday, February 10
     Fridays, February 19
           thru March 18
  All weekdays 7:00-8:10 am 
     and 7:00-10:00 pm 
  Tuesdays 9:00 am-6:20 pm 
  Fridays 10:15 am-6:20 pm 
Morning Prayer
   Fridays 7:30 am
Stations of the Cross
  Mondays 2:00 pm 
     (with School Children)
  Fridays 7:00 pm
Examination of Conscience
  Wednesdays 8:45-9:30 am
  Saturdays 3:00-4:45 pm
  Sunday Mornings
      after 7:30 Mass until 8:50 am
      after 9:00 Mass until 10:50 am
             (Through March 13th)
  Parish Communal Penance:
      Monday Evening, February 22, 
        8:15 pm  in conjunction with
        Fr. Nathan Cromly's Retreat
  Diocesan-wide Evening of 
     Wednesday February 24
        5:00-8:00 pm  (Mass will 
        take place simulatneously)
Night Prayer:
  Sunday evenings 9:00 pm
     (Through Palm Sunday)
Who is Francis de Sales?

In this short video,

you will be introduced to

St. Francis De Sales.

Please click here to view