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Diocesan Memorandum

August, 2019 | Vol. 53, no. 8 | Prot. No. C-39/2019

The Diocesan Memorandum (formerly the Clergy Memorandum) is a service of the Office of the Chancellor for clergy and lay leadership of the Diocese of Cleveland, providing a summary of relevant and timely information from the Office of the Bishop and other diocesan offices.


Statement Regarding Holy Love Ministries
Recently questions have arisen regarding the participation of the faithful at the center operated by the group known as “Holy Love Ministries.” Bishop Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of Cleveland, affirms the provisions of the decree issued by Bishop Richard G. Lennon on  11 November 2009, which in response to directions given by the Holy See, stated,  among other things, that the so-called Confraternity of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary is not an approved association of the Catholic faithful, the alleged apparitions and locutions are not of a supernatural nature, the sacraments are not to be celebrated at  the site of Holy Love Ministries, and the Catholic faithful are admonished to cease gathering for spiritual, liturgical, religious, or devotional purposes at the site of Holy Love Ministries.

Faith and Value Appeal for Catholic Education:  17-18 August 2019
The 2019-20 Faith & Values Appeal for Catholic Education Parish In-Pew Appeal will take place in most parishes the weekend of 17-18 August. Bulletin and pulpit announcements for Announcement and Commitment Weekends, as well as a fact sheet about Catholic Education in our diocese can be downloaded at

Letters will be mailed to previous donors the week of 5 August.  Monies raised will be used for tuition assistance programs.  The tuition assistance programs provide a faith-based education to students in need.  Please be generous.  Any questions, please contact Karen Joyce at 800-869-6525 ext. 1910.

Tribunal Office

2019 First Step Program
We are pleased to be able to continue this important evangelization aspect of our ministry in order to assist those in need of a declaration of invalidity of a marriage.  Your assistance in publicizing this program is much appreciated.  The participants attend the general meeting, and follow-up with their procurator to submit the case.  Participants will answer the First Step questionnaire (twelve questions) and gather the required paperwork.  The First Step Program will be held on Tuesday, 17 September 2019, at St. Ambrose Parish, Brunswick, at 7:00 p.m.  For more information call Lynette Tait at the Tribunal:  216-696-6525/800-869-6525, ext. 4000

Office for Worship

New Ritual Book:
The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments [CDWDS] has confirmed the Order of Baptism of Children, second edition for the dioceses of the United States.

All the textual amendments made by the USCCB to the ICEL text were confirmed by the CDWDS as well as five ritual adaptations approved by the USCCB.  Most of these appeared in the Spanish-language USA edition – Ritual para el Bautismo de los Niños – which was implemented in 2008.  Some prayers have slight variations in translations.  Portions of the new translation may already be found in the 2011 Roman Missal: Easter Vigil.  Chapter Seven contains the options for readings, acclamations, petitions, and prayer formulas. 

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB President, has promulgated the decree of publication for the Order of Baptism of Children, second edition, establishing the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, February 2, 2020, as the first-use date for ritual editions, and the obligatory-use date of Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.  Information on formation for the new ritual text will be forthcoming.

Formation sessions for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will occur in late September and throughout October.  Please check the Office for Worship website in mid-August for details on session dates and locations.

September Liturgical Calendar:
For the first time since its designation in the Catholic Church, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will fall on a Sunday, namely September 1, 2019, the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.  In light of this, Bishop Perez has given permission for parishes, at the discretion of their pastors, to celebrate on that Sunday the Mass “For the Sanctification of Human Labor” from the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions (no. 26; see especially the second Collect of formulary A) in place of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. This Mass formulary requires the use of Preface V of the Sundays in Ordinary Time, entitled simply “Creation.” The preface speaks eloquently of God’s creation of the world, and the need of humanity to praise God by caring for that creation. Connections between human labor and the care of creation can be drawn out by the formulary itself, and in the homily and petitions.

If exercising this option, at the pastor’s discretion, some or all of the readings could be replaced by other Scriptures from the appropriate group of selections in volume IV of the Lectionary for Mass (see “For the Blessing of Human Labor,” nos. 907-911). Considering the day of prayer and humanity’s role in caring for God’s creation, the use of Genesis 2:4b-9, 15 and Psalm 90:2, 3-5a, 12-13, 14 and 16 (see nos. 907-2 and 909-1, respectively) may be noteworthy substitutions for the First Reading and Responsorial Psalm, while retaining the other readings of the Sunday.  Green vestments should still be used. 

Even if no special Mass formulary or readings are selected for the occasion, it would still be appropriate to mention the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and its significance in the homily, petitions, and/or concluding announcements.

February 2020 Liturgical Calendar:
The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), Saturday, February 2, 2020, is one of only two liturgical celebrations which call for a procession of the faithful into church carrying lighted candles - the other being the Easter Vigil. The faithful gather outside the church (or for pastoral reasons, inside the church), and after their candles are lit, the priest blesses them: "O God, source and origin of all light, ...sanctify with your blessing these candles, which we are eager to carry in praise of your name, so that, treading the path of virtue, we may reach that light which never fails." The Procession follows. (Roman Missal, third typical edition, “Proper of Saints,” February 2)  Since this feast falls on a Saturday, Masses for the feast should be celebrated before 4:00 p.m.  Masses after 4:00 p.m. should celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is also the first-use date for the new ritual book the Order of Baptism of Children, second edition; see above.

The feast of St. Blaise coincides with the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, February 3, 2020.  If the blessing [of throats] is conferred during Mass, the blessing follows the homily and general intercessions, or, for pastoral reasons, the prayer of blessing may take the place of the final blessing of the Mass. The blessing may be given by touching the throat of each person with two candles blessed on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2) and which have been joined together in the form of a cross.

If, for pastoral reasons, each individual cannot be blessed in the manner described above, a priest or deacon may give the blessing to all assembled by extending hands, without the crossed candles, over the people while saying the prayer of blessing. The blessing may also be given to the sick or the elderly in their homes when they cannot attend the parish celebration, even by lay ministers.  A lay minister always says the prayer of blessing without making the sign of the cross. (Book of Blessings, nos. 1626-1629)


Charitable Giving Ideas for 2019
Did you know that gifting appreciated stock (held more than one year) to our parish may allow you to deduct the stock’s full value and bypass capital gains tax? Your accountant or financial advisor can help you understand steps you can take to lower your taxes and help our parish. Contact XXX in our parish office at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or via email at ________. You can also learn more by visiting or contacting Sandy Lucas of the Catholic Community Foundation at 216-696-6525 x1640 or via email.

Catholic Charities
2019 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal – a total of $11,950,558 raised as of June 30.  

Phonathon: Calling continues through the end of August to previous donors. For homes with caller ID, the number of the call is 216-696-6525. Last year nearly $200,000 was raised by phone.

May Follow-Up Appeal: Final results will be announced soon but to date, $587,230 has been raised from 6,222 faithful donors. Thank you to all who participated to help enhance the camp experience at Camp Christopher for persons with disabilities.

Save the Date: 2020 Annual Appeal will take place 8-9 Feb.

Go to for updated parish stats and Appeal information. Contact Karen Joyce 216-696-6525 x1910 with questions.

Tabor Fund Grant Awards
Tabor applications are available for the 2019B cycle at Awards are intended to provide an opportunity for ministers to refresh and/or re-energize their spirituality, faith, mind and/or physical well-being, as part of fostering personal development and improving their ministry. The application deadline is 15 September.

Lawyers Guild
The Red Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral on Friday, 18 October followed by a noon luncheon at Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key where Mario C. Ciano will receive the 2019 St. Thomas More Award and the Sisters of Catholic Charity will receive the Guild’s 2019 Special Recognition Award.


Saint Mary Seminary Outreach Trust Fund
Funds are now available through the "Outreach Trust Fund" administered by Saint Mary Seminary. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, money is available to provide assistance for projects that will aid the poor and needy of the Diocese of Cleveland; promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life, with a special concern for the needs of minority groups; or assist the foreign missions. This Fund is unrelated to the Seminary Endowment Fund which helps finance operations at the Seminary. Fund Trustees are now accepting proposals requesting funding up to $7,000.  For an application, please write to Ms. Terri Zakraysek, Saint Mary Seminary, 28700 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe, OH 44092 or e-mail. Completed applications must be submitted no later than October 1, 2019. Grants will most likely be funded by January, 2020.


The Long Journey Home
The diocese will offer opportunities to foster healing and reconciliation for those whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse by a priest or deacon. Information on the various forms of assistance that will be provided for victims/survivors of abuse, their family members, and members of our parish communities can be found here .

Open Wide Our Hearts: Moving Toward a World of Racial Justice
Join the Bishops of NE Ohio on Saturday, September 28, 2019, for a listening session and small group discussions on how to respond to the increasing rhetoric about race in our community while also exploring our own convictions about cultural diversity in America and the Church. Click here for more information and to register.

Welcoming the Stranger Committee
The Committee is sponsoring two immersion trips to the USA/Mexico Border for members of Cleveland Catholic Parishes who are over the age of 18:

Trip A: August 22 - August 26, 2019

Trip B: August 29 - September 2, 2019

The focus of the trip is to learn about the realities at the border, encounter & accompany our brothers and sisters there, and explore how we can respond. We expect to visit the wall, spend a day in Mexico, share in the liturgy at an ICE detention center, volunteer at a transitional shelter, and hear from speakers from organizations such as the Hope Border Institute and Migration and Refugee Services. There will also be a pre-trip and post-trip meeting. The $450 cost covers trip expenses including room & board and ground transportation in El Paso but DOES NOT include airfare. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with your application. The balance is due by July 24th. The application deadline has been extended. Apply here.

Questions? Contact Ashley Ponce at 216-932-0617 X126.

If you are looking for other ways to take action on behalf of immigrant families you can purchase gift cards, become part of a raid response team, educate and advocate in their communities, and so much more! Please contact Sr. Rita Mary Harwood for additional opportunities. 

LEAF Ministry Support Group Meetings
The locations of LEAF Ministry groups has changed in recent months. The meeting schedule for those who have an incarcerated loved one or family member is:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 7 PM and the first Thursday of each month thereafter
Communion of Saints, 2175 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 7 PM and the second Wednesday of each month thereafter
St. Malachi, 2459 Washington Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
St. Ladislas, 2345 Bassett Road, Westlake, OH 44145
Sacred Heart Chapel (Spanish), 4301 Pearl Road, Lorain, OH 44055. Meets at 7 PM with St. Ladislas. 

MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 7 PM and the third Monday of each month thereafter
St. Noel Parish, 35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby, OH 44094 

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 7 PM and the fourth Monday of each month thereafter
St. Francis Xavier Parish, 600 East Washington Street, Medina, OH 44256

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 7 PM and the fourth Wednesday of each month thereafter
Mary, Queen of Peace, 4423 Pearl Road, Cleveland, OH 44109 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 7 PM and the fourth Thursday of each month thereafter
Holy Angels, 18205 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge, OH  44023
Nativity of the Lord Jesus 2425 Myersville Road, Akron (Springfield Twp), OH 

Visit our website here for more information.


Office for Marriage & Family Ministry

Click HERE for Family Perspectives September

We’re in transition
For news about Pre-Cana days, PREP days, Cana II days, the 50thWedding Anniversary Mass, and more, visit our NEW website.

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Mass Reminder
This Jubilee Mass is for couples living in the diocese who were married in 1969. Couples celebrating other significant anniversaries (55 years or more), or those who missed previous celebrations also are invited to attend. Bishop Nelson J. Perez will preside at the Mass. (NB this is a change from the usual July date).

Date: Saturday October 12, 2019.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jason Lewis or call 216-334-2974 

Cana II –Remarriage Preparation
A marriage preparation series for couples in which one or both have been married before, or one or both will become a stepparent. Includes Active Parenting for Stepfamilies series at a date to be determined.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019.
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (includes 4:30 p.m. Mass)
Location: St. Joseph Parish, 12700 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136
Cost: $125 per couple.
Contact: Carol Petro or call 216-334-2975 

Prepare-Enrich Training
Training for priests & deacons who have not yet been trained or would like a refresher course.

Date: Saturdays, Sep 21st and 28th, 2019 (both required).
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location:  Center for Pastoral Leadership
Cost:   $175 for new trainee.  $25 for refresher course.
Contact: Bill Boomer or call 216-334-2971

Send My Roots Rain - Diocesan Bereavement Ministers Annual RetreatRenewal for diocesan bereavement ministers and those working in grief and bereavement ministry, with presenter Kim Langley.

Date:  Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Time:  9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Holy Angels Parish (Bainbridge)
Cost:  $35.00
Contact: Jason Lewis or call 216-334-2974  

Ministry of Consolation Training Courses
Training and coursework for new diocesan ministers of consolation including the Order of Christian Funerals, Grief and Bereavement processes and methods, Active and Empathic Listening, Healing and Meditation, and Self Care for the Minister. Appropriate for diaconate candidates, lay ecclesial ministry candidates, new parish based ministers (parish staff and parish volunteers), and those working with the bereaved in any ministerial situation. 

Option 1:
Dates: Thursdays, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24 and 10/31, 2019 (all four required).
Time: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Center for Pastoral Leadership (awaiting classroom assignment)
Cost: $100.00
Contact: Jason Lewis  or call 216-334-2974

Option 2:
Dates: Thursdays, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, and 12/5, 2019 (all four required).
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: St. Francis de Sales Parish (Akron)
Cost: $100.00
Contact: Jason Lewis or call 216-334-2974  

Ministry of Care & Compassion Training Course
Training and coursework for new diocesan care and compassion ministers, topics include Understanding Sickness and Healing, the rites of the Pastoral Care of the Sick, organizing visits in hospital and medical settings, organizing visits in prisons and places of mental health care, and the structure for the Ministry of Care in a parish. Appropriate for diaconate candidates, lay ecclesial ministry candidates, new parish based ministers (parish staff and parish volunteers), those working with the sick and dying in any pastoral care situation.

Dates:  Mondays, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, and 11/25, 2019 (all five required).
Time:  2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Center for Pastoral Leadership (awaiting classroom assignment)
Cost:  $125.00
Contact: Jason Lewis or call 216-334-2974 


Monthly Grief Support
The next grief support group meeting will be on Sunday August 18th at 3:00 p.m. at the following locations: Saint Joseph Cemetery, Avon (temporary trailer office); Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron (office); and Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park (office). The August topic will be ‘Secondary and Cumulative Loss’. No reservations required. Visit our website or contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.


Catholic Charities Disability Services
"We All Belong" is a brochure, which communicates that the Catholic Church desires the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in the sacramental life of the Church. NCPD hopes that this brochure will lead to an increased participation of Catholics with disabilities in the sacraments and parish life. 

See for ordering information, quantities and other helpful resources.

Contact Marilyn Scott, Director of Catholic Charities Disability Services, for more information 216-334-2962.


First Friday Clubs

First Friday Club of Cleveland. From Pupil to Priest: A Wildcat’s Jesuit Journey, with Bryan Y. Norton, SJ, newly ordained Jesuit. Thursday, August 1, 2019 at The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cleveland. Registration table and lunch buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon. Registration and more information here.

First Friday Club of Akron. The History of the Churches of Akron, with Fr. Dave Halaiko, retired priest of the Diocese of Cleveland. Friday, August 2, 2019 at Tangier Restaurant, 532 W. Market Street, Akron. More information here.

St. Clement Respect Life Committee
The Respect Life Committee of St. Clement Church is hosting their nineteenth annual birthday party in honor of the Blessed Virgin on Sept. 8th, the anniversary of her nativity. The Rosary will be offered up in the cause of life, followed by birthday cake and a variety of party foods. Trapper Jack, legally blind and a former family friendly morning radio host for  over 30 years, will give a talk entitled How Mary Converted Me to Pro-life. Join us at St. Clement Church, 14505 Madison Ave., Lakewood, Ohio, Sept. 8th at 7 PM, All is free. Call 216 312 2511 with questions. Click HERE for a flyer.



Jesuit Retreat Center Programs, 5629 State Road, Parma, Ohio 44134
For more information on the programs listed below, please click here or call 440-884-9300. 

Becoming Fully Alive. Friday, August 9, 6:00 p.m. - Sunday, August 11, 11:00 a.m. Presented by Fr. Matt Linn, SJ. Cost: $185.

Retreat Day for Teachers - Witnessing for Christ in the Classroom: Meeting Others Where They Are. Two available dates: Monday, August 12 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. or Wednesday, August 14 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Presented by Joan Carney and Mary Downey. Cost: $45/each or $40/each for groups of 10 or more.

Becoming a Leader for Life - Ignatian Roundtables. Nine monthly sessions held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 18, April 15, May 20. 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Presented by Dr. Nancy Rowell. Cost of $1,300 includes in depth leadership assessment, 1:1 coaching, and nine roundtable sessions. To register, please contact Nancy Rowell at (216) 644-1694.

Your feedback on the new format for the Diocesan Memorandum is welcomed. Please send comments or suggestions to Ann Marie Perkins.

Flyers which may be of interest to readers of the Diocesan Memorandum may be HERE.

Submissions for the next Memorandum should be made to Ann Marie Perkins by the 15th of the preceding month. Guidelines for submissions are available here.

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