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Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer

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April 14, 2022

Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer
Inaugural College Night Out attracts nearly 100 for Mass, dinner, concert, prayer

Bishop Edward Malesic surveyed the crowd of college-age students and seminarians in Cleveland’s St. Wendelin Church on Palm Sunday, April 10, and smiled. He was preparing to celebrate Mass for the first College Night Out, an event planned by the Diocese of Cleveland Newman Campus Ministry staff and Young Adult Ministry Office. About 100 turned out for the event. (See photo gallery above.)

The group followed the bishop, concelebrants and servers outside into the bright sunshine where he blessed the palms. After the blessing, they processed back into the church for Mass.

“This brings back pleasant memories,” Bishop Malesic said, recalling his years of campus ministry at colleges in Pennsylvania before his elevation to bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

During his homily, the bishop told a story he has shared every Lent about some friends in Pennsylvania who gifted him with a special chalice and paten. He was having dinner at their house and admired the many handsome woodcarvings crafted by the husband, who proudly showed him around his workshop and brought out other things he had made.

“I knew my parents were giving me a beautiful chalice and paten for my ordination, but I thought it would be nice to have a simpler set, so I asked if Pete would make one for me. He told me, ‘Yes, but I’d like you to do one thing for me,’” the bishop recalled.

Pete and Helen shared the story of their two sons, Anthony and John, who had gone fishing on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. One fell overboard and the other jumped into the water to try to save him. Both young men drowned.

Honoring his promise to their parents, Bishop Malesic shared the story that night for the 34th year. He also used the beautiful wooden chalice and paten at the College Night Out Mass.

“One son sacrificed himself for his brother. This is love that puts itself on the line,” the bishop said, noting it’s the same type of love and commitment parents have for their children, brothers have for each other and soldiers have for fellow soldiers.

“I remember what goes into that chalice and paten – bread and wine that is transformed into the body and blood of Jesus, who in the form of God, emptied himself and became human, becoming obedient even to death. He ‘jumped’ from the safety of heaven to the turbulence of human existence -- and he did it to save us.”

He said Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into us and he likes to think that on the last day, Anthony and John won’t be counted among the dead, but among the living.

“We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world,” he said.

After Mass, the bishop gave a blessing to the graduating seniors. He also thanked Father Robert Kropac, St. Wendelin pastor and a concelebrant, for his hospitality, the music ministers and seminary choir, Father Damian Ference, vicar for evangelization and secretary of the Parish Life and Special Ministries Office, his staff, Joanne Piotrowski and the Newman Campus Ministry team, Mike Hayes and the Young Adult Ministry Office and others who helped plan and implement the event.

Concelebrants included Father Ference, Father Kropac, chaplains for area colleges including Father Chris Zerucha and Father Rich Samide, as well as Father Chris Trenta from Saint Mary Seminary. Recently ordained transitional deacons from Saint Mary Seminary assisted at the liturgy.

The group processed in silence from the church to the parish hall, where they enjoyed dinner, fellowship and a concert by singer-songwriter Tom Evanchuck and the Asons. Other priests, including Father Patrick Anderson from Borromeo Seminary, joined them after Mass.

The evening closed with Father Ference leading Night Prayer.

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