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

Ready & Willing  It seems these final few days of Lent are leading us to such a chance to understand what true passion is all about...His passion, His sacrificial love. Please carefully look over the opportunities found in this bulletin so you might enter into His passion during the holiest of weeks.  If you have never prayed through or experienced the Easter Vigil, the night of all nights for us to bring people into our Catholic faith and the sacramental life, why not consider coming Holy Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (N.B. it lasts longer than a usual Mass).  By the way, we also received an early Easter gift from Bishop Lennon this past week.  He wrote saying that our deacon candidate, Stephen Makara, has been approved and called to to be ordained.  YEAH!  The following is a note from our soon-to-be deacon:


“In the midst of the assembly I will praise you.” These words from our Palm Sunday Psalm express well the sentiments of my heart. After an amazing five-year journey, I have been called in a special way by Bishop Lennon to be ordained as a deacon – a servant of the Church. Our St. Francis de Sales Parish community is truly blessed to have such an abundance of vocations! I am looking forward with eager anticipation to serving the Church wherever I am assigned and in whatever way I am called. Sandy and I both thank all of you, our dear brothers and sisters, for the prayers, words of encouragement and support that you have provided us on our journey. We could not have done this alone – we are aware of the many graces that God has provided as a result of your prayers. Please keep us (as well as my eight brother Candidates who will be ordained with me) in your prayers during these final weeks of formation and as we begin our lives of ministry.  I would like to extend an invitation to all of you to share in our joy on May 2nd and 3rd. The ordination is on Saturday the 2nd at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral. The celebration continues with a Mass of thanksgiving to God for His abundant blessings on Sunday the 3rd at 9:00 AM here at St. Francis – hope to see you there!  May God continue to bless you during these remaining days of Lent as we look forward to the joy of our Resurrection in Christ our Lord!



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



From Father Thomas' Desk

Tenebrae (Latin, darkness) is the name given to the Liturgies of Matins (Office of Readings) and Lauds (Morning Prayer) during the last three days of Holy Week (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday). These prayers were generally prayed in anticipation of the next day and would be recited during the previous night so those gathered for prayer would be in darkness. The structure of Tenebrae is the three Nocturns of Matins comprised of three Psalms and a reading each and Lauds with its five Psalms and Gospel Canticle.  In addition to the darkness of night, candles would gradually be extinguished after the recitation of each Psalm, which would increase the darkness to symbolize the setting of the Sun of Justice and the darkness of those who did not know the Lord as He walked among them and put Him to death.  The tone of the liturgy was to have the feel of a funeral commemorating the death of Christ. 

            Please join us Sunday evening at 7:30 pm as we continue to prepare for the Paschal Mystery, the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ, by participating in this timeless prayer of the Church, which anticipates his passion and death.

Christus vincit,

Fr. Thomas

For Lent

Parish News

HOLY WEEK 2015 Schedule

Palm Sunday, March 29
  Tenebrae, 7:30 pm
  Night Prayer, 9:00 pm
Monday, March 30
  Mass at 8:15 am and 6:30 pm  
  Adoration, 7:00-8:00 am 
       and 7-10 pm
  Living Stations of the Cross 
       (School Children) 1:00 pm
       6:00-6:25 pm and  7:00-9:00 pm
  PSR Stations of the Cross
       for the Parish, 7:15 pm
Tuesday, March 31
  Mass at 8:15 am
  Adoration,  7:00-8:00 am 
    and 9:00 a.m.-10:00 pm
  No 6:30 pm Mass
  Chrism Mass, 7:00 pm,
  St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland, 
    with Bishop Lennon and the Priests  
    and Deacons of the Diocese. 
    All are welcome!
Wednesday, April 1
  Mass at 8:15 am
  Adoration 7:00-8:00 am
          and 6:00-10:00 pm
  Confessions 6:00-7:00 pm
Holy Thursday, April 2
  Morning Prayer, 8:15 am
  Liturgy of the Word 
    & Washing of Feet
     (School Children), 10:00 am
  Agape Dinner, 5:30 pm Refectory
  Evening Mass of the 
     Lord's Supper 8:00 pm
  Adoration, 8:00-11:00 pm
Good Friday, April 3
  Morning Prayer, 8:15 am
  Stations of the Cross 12:00 noon
  Confessions 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
       and Adoration of the Holy Cross
           (Full Choir), 3:00 pm
  Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
       and Adoration of the Holy Cross, 
            7:00 pm
Holy Saturday, April 4
  Morning Prayer, 8:15 am
  Easter Egg Hunt, 10:30 am
      (Parish Grounds)
  Blessing of the Easter Food 
     and Baskets, 12:00 noon
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection
  of the Lord, April 20'th
The Easter Vigil in The Holy Night,
     8:30 pm
Masses During the Day  
     at 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am