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.

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.
Saint Francis de Sales
From the Pastor's Desk

After the St. Valentine & Ash Wednesday kickoff this past week, we most certainly know that the great 40 days of Love have begun. As usual, our first weekend of Lent takes us into the desert with satan and those temptations. Jesus shows us how to not only endure, but to even grow through those desert days and tempting times. The only way is through fidelity with The Father and trusting in His providential love. My beloved birthday patron, St. John Chrysostom, got in a lot of trouble for daring to preach these words to those who wanted a passive Lent: “no act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.” So will you go deep into the ashes this Lent so you will rise as a different person who loves with everything you are? Or will you play it safe this year and keep distancing yourself from becoming fully human? There are many opportunities to meet our Lord during this time of Lent. Perhaps you might consider becoming one of Fr. Byrider's 40- Day Club Members by coming to daily Mass (we added Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.) Lent is the appropriate time to approach our Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions are offered more during Lent than any other time (look at the bulletin schedule for when). And in remembrance of our Lord’s Passion, we will offer the chance to pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent at 7 p.m. Also, every Sunday join us for an awesome 15 minutes of intimacy through Lenten Compline (Night Prayer with Benediction) from 9:00-9:15 p.m. There are also new traditions you can start via fasting from tech devices. That means choosing to “go off the grid” one day a week, or deliberately refusing to open any emails or respond to any texts before you pray in the morning. Why? All so you can find a deeper relationship with the One who is Love and to maybe notice the people around you in a different way (especially if you avoid those two). For our 70th Anniversary Year of Jubilee, why not start reading that book from St. Francis de Sales (or another awesome saint) you’ve said you would read but haven’t had the time to start? The time is here to know you’re loved. Also, please keep in prayer our R.C.I.A. Catechumens and Candidates who are entering their final preparation for their entrance into the Roman Catholic Church at the Great Easter Vigil. (Especially pray for our very own Jeffrey Tournier, Stephanie Jansen, Megan Prinzo, Andrew Rihn and all the Elect who are meeting at the diocesan Rite of Election on this Sunday.)

Miserere mei, Deus +Fr. Bline

(N.B. Many thanks to God for Julie Magaw, Susie Wallace, Katie Buzzelli, T.K. Griffith, Andy Jager, Natalie Hammer, Renee Fraleigh, Jamie Smeiles, Therese Holderbaum and our benefactors who joined us for our Night of Giving for the Parish School. We are so blessed with $53,000 to help support our mission in Christ.)

Fr. G. David Bline, Pastor

Fr. Jacob Bearer, Parochial Vicar

Deacon Raymond S. Herrick

Deacon Richard C. Butz, Retired

Kathleen Ott, Director of Faith Formation

 

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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FOR ALL OF THE PARISH

Encounter Ministries is a Catholic organization that focuses on living a Spirit-filled life as Catholics.  They delve into the healing power of the Holy Spirit in our Church, of which we are all ministers through Baptism.  They are offering a one-day seminar on Saturday, April 7th here at St. Francis de Sales. Please go to their website and register ASAP:

Click Here to Register

IF you are unable to attend the conference, ALL ARE WELCOME to join the time for prayer and healing in church starting at 7:00 p.m., April 7th.  It will be a beautiful time to encounter our Risen Savior whose work of healing continues through the Church today!  Seee you there!

Peace and All Good,

Father Bearer

 

Parish News

Mass:
  All weekdays 8:15 am and 6:30 pm
  School Mass: 9:00 am on 
     Ash Wednesday, February 14,
         February 23, March 2, 
         March 9 and March 19
Adoration:
  Monday Thru Friday  
      7:00am -10:00 pm 
     Breaking for Mass
Stations of the Cross
  Mondays 2:15 pm 
     (with School Children)
  Fridays 7:00 pm
Confessions:
Examination of Conscience
  Saturdays 3:00-4:45 pm
  Sunday mornings after 9:00 am
      Mass until 10:45 
  Diocesan-wide Evening of 
      Reconciliation Wednesday
      February 28, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
      (Mass will take place 
              Simulataneously
  Lenten Communal Penance
       Monday March 12, 7:15pm
 Night Prayer:
  Sunday evenings 9:00 pm
     (Through Palm Sunday)