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

CHRISTUS REX

This is the week we admit we need to be thankful. It is also the week the Church year begins to hasten to a close with the Solemn Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Although this title may conjure up images of a cartoon favorite (He-Man/Prince Adam), we end the Church year by remembering how the Kingship of Jesus Christ is different than that of earthly kingships. The power and glory of our Lord, His Kingship, His Royalty are unlike any concept we know of here on earth by other rulers. His Majesty is perfectly one with His humility, mercy and love all because the Cross of Jesus is a throne. It is on the Cross that Jesus defines what sort of King he really is. The true King is one who gives His all until there is nothing more to give. The true King is one who suffers not only for us but also with us and in us. Unlike an earthly ruler who dispenses his/her mercy seated on a throne for their own gain, the Son of God pours out mercy on the world from His Holy Cross to gain us. And, as hundreds upon hundreds realized profoundly during last weekend's Eucharistic Devotions, He does this still in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It's what Pope Pius XI reminds us of when he instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925 for the Universal Church in his encyclical Quas Primas. According to one of my professors, Pope Pius connected the denial of Christ as King to the rise of secularism. At the time, many Christians began to doubt Christ's authority and existence, as well as the Church's power to continue Christ's authority. The Christian world witnessed the rise of dictatorships in Europe, and saw Catholics being taken in by these earthly leaders. Just as the Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted when devotion to the Eucharist was at a low point, today's feast was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was most needed. In fact, it is still needed today, as these problems have not vanished, but instead have worsened. Pope Pius hoped the institution of the feast would have various effects:

1.            That nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom, and immunity from the state

2.            That leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ

3.            That the faithful would gain strength and courage from this feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills, and bodies.

May we enter into this final week of the liturgical year with wills and hearts wanting to be led by the King of love and mercy!  And...may we faithfully dare to share His Reign with all who gather around our tables, and especially those who will have no one to be with Thanksgiving Day.

Happy Thanksgiving...Get Ready, Advent is Coming!

To quote Fr. Byrider, “Be Happy and Grateful”.

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

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4019 Manchester Road

Akron, OH  44319

330.644.2225

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From Our Intern's Desk

Are you ready to enter the Mystery of Advent?

    Last Sunday evening, our parish concluded its annual Eucharistic Devotions with a solemn celebration of Vespers (Evening Prayer) with a Eucharistic Procession and final Benediction.   The entire weekend felt like a spiritual retreat, as many of us took time to visit the church, kneel, adore, and contemplate the gift of our Lord’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.  We set aside time to adore the consecrated bread that is transformed into Jesus Christ’s Body on the altar, the same presence we carry with us in our bodies and hearts after receiving Holy Communion at every Mass.  What a mystery!   

    Next week, we start the season of Advent (and the Church’s new liturgical year), when we celebrate the beginning of the mystery of God’s real presence among us, starting with the Angel Gabriel’s announcement that God would come to live among us in the form of a human child to be born of the Virgin Mary.  The mystery of God’s joining His divine nature with our human nature in Jesus of Nazareth is the mystery of the Incarnation. 

    So, what is the meaning of this word, “mystery”, which we often use when describing these sacred events?  Does “mystery” mean what the dictionary says -- something secret or hidden, which can never be understood or explained?  Well, not exactly.  In Christian theology, “mystery” comes from a Greek word that means something being revealed and/or not yet fully revealed.   As an example, the Church herself is a “mystery” in that while revealed to us by Christ as the Body of Christ or People of God consisting of the community believers headed by Bishops and Pope (successor to the Apostles and Peter), she is still in the process of being perfected until the time when Christ will return to gather all the faithful into Himself and God our Father, in eternal life.

    Advent is the season when we prepare for and reflect upon the mystery of the coming of Jesus Christ both at that first Christmas (Nativity of the Lord), and at the end of time.  During Advent, we gather as a Church to reflect upon and celebrate the unfolding mystery of God’s plan for our salvation revealed in our sacred scriptures, particularly in the Book of Isaiah and the later prophets in the Old Testament, as well as in the Gospel stories of the Annunciation, the Visitation, and the ministry of John the Baptist.  The Incarnation is a “mystery” because it reveals a truth never before seen, and only hinted at, in the Old Testament, that God so loved us he freely lowered Himself to become like us in all things but sin, in order to bring us to salvation.   Advent not only helps us to prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, it is also the time in which we reflect upon the ongoing, unfolding mystery of God’s saving presence as Jesus (God Saves)/Emmanuel (God with us) and His future return.  What better season of the year to come to church and continue our adoration of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, than during the days of Advent!

 

In Christ, John Mulhollan

Youth

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

 

This Week

9:30 A.M. MASS OF THANKSGIVING

If you’ve never experienced the St. Francis de Sales Parish Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:30 in the morning, then you’re missing out on one of the most beautiful ways to start your day of thanks.  Come join our parish family in thanking God for the many blessings bestowed on us through the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass.  Look at the article from our St. Vincent de Paul Society in the bulletin and bring your canned goods or check to be presented during our offertory.  When you enter Mass, take your bag(s) with you to your seats so that we can fill the Altar with our sacrifices!  Please make a special attempt to join us this year.  There are seats available!