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.

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.
Saint Francis de Sales
From the Pastor's Desk

How to Be A Good Shepherd 101:

It seems that my definition of being a good shepherd has changed a lot over the years.  When I was young, I figured it had to do something with my Aunt Jacqueline who lived as a farmer:  let 'em eat and make sure they take care of their business in a field you don't have to walk through too much (same approach many use for teens). Then when I got older, I figured it was knowing the difference between the sound of my parents' voice when they were happy or when they were hunting me down for something I did.  As I grew older in my first career as a Child Life Specialist, I thought it had to do with my voice bringing strength and peace in the midst of painful and fearful times of a child in crisis.  As a newly ordained, I shepherded by running from Sacrament to Sacrament and preaching homilies that I thought would teach something profound to the flock (ah, so very young). Now that I am approaching my eighth year anniversary here this week (a length of time that is double anything I have done before), I feel the whole idea of being the good shepherd has less to do with all those things getting done and just talking at people.  For now I think it is more about listening to what the flock isn't saying and spending more time finding those who are separated from the flock.

                Pray that your priests might continue to seek the way of The Good Shepherd's love and mercy.  Keep John Mulhollan close in your prayers as he returns to seminary following his eight-month internship with us.  He has been a refreshing gift to our parish and her priests...he has helped lead us closer to knowing the Kingdom is at hand!  Perhaps during this weekend of the Good Shepherd you can pray for the hearts of the single men in our parish who might be open to responding to God's call.

                Some good news to share with the flock!  First, this week we received another check from Rooted in Faith for $9,160. That means we have already received over $193,000 from your pledges and commitment.

                Next…it seems the idea brought up by our Parish Pastoral Council to have pew cushions available for people to use during Mass has been a big hit.  If you are yet to see them, they are located in the main entrance/narthex near the St. Francis de Sales statue.  We had them specially made by an Amish upholsterer so that those who are in need might be made more comfortable during Mass or Adoration.  Help yourself to one if you need it, and kindly return it after you use it.

                Please remember to pray for our brother, Stephen Makara, who will be ordained as a permanent deacon May 2nd at 10:00 a.m.  He will have his Mass of Thanksgiving with us on May 3rd at 9:00 a.m.  Thanks be to God for your fiat and willingness to serve, Stephen!

 

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 Our Intern's Desk

As I reflect on the past seven months of my internship, there are far too many wonderful memories and images to tell you about in just a paragraph!  St. Francis de Sales Parish is such a gifted place - so full of joy, excitement for the Catholic faith, and eagerness to serve others.  From the priests, to the pastoral staff and school faculty, the various commissions and everyday parishioners, and, of course, my brother seminarians who call St. Francis de Sales Parish home…this parish has lovingly defined for me what being the Body of Christ means!  I would like to thank Father Bline and Father Thomas for making me feel welcome, helping me to learn, and sharing so many laughs together!  Also, thank you to my Lay Formation Board -- Eric Stecz, Ann and Doug Coutts, Mary Ellen McAvoy-Sivak and Craig Sivak, Paul Miller, and Jacqueline Russo -- for their caring support and insightful help with my growth as a preacher of the Gospel.  I would also like to thank Kathy Ott, Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry, for inviting me to teach in PSR and the day school, and welcoming me to contribute to the many other faith formation and youth group activities.  When, God willing, called by Bishop Lennon to ordination next year, I will be taking your Eucharistic spirituality and the many helpful experiences here, with me into the priesthood.  You can be proud that you helped form a priest in the St. Francis de Sales tradition!  Soar, Falcons!

In Christ,

John Mulhollan

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