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Diocesan Memorandum

August, 2021 | Vol. 55, no. 8 | Prot. No. C-26/2021

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.



Office for Worship

Liturgical Texts News:
The Latin Church bishops of the USCCB approved three liturgical texts proposed by the Committee on Divine Worship at the June 2021 plenary meeting: the final draft of the Order of Penance retranslation; a series of additional intercessions and Psalter concluding prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours, Second Edition (estimated completion and voting on all LoH texts in 2023); and proper texts for the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.  Texts will be submitted to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for the requisite confirmation before being published and implemented in the United States.

September 2021 Liturgical Calendar Reminders:
Pope Francis has ordered the inscription of a new Optional Memorial for St. Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church, on September 17. Celebrants may use texts from a suitable Common in the Roman Missal and Liturgy of the Hours.

Catechetical Sunday falls on September 19, 2021.  On May 10, 2021, Pope Francis issued motu proprio the Apostolic Letter Antiquum minsterium by which he formally established the lay ministry of Catechist in the universal Church.  Conferences of Bishops have been charged with crafting a complementary norm that delineates the age, qualifications, formation, and appropriate exercise of this ministry; the appropriate Committees of the USCCB have begun work on this task.  In the meantime, those exercising catechetical ministry may be blessed using Chapter Four of the Book of Blessings, “Order for the Blessing of Those Appointed as Catechists” (nos. 491-508), although this blessing does not constitute institution into a new liturgical ministry.

February 2022 Liturgical Calendar Notes:
Pope Francis has ordered the inscription of a new Optional Memorial for St. Gregory of Narek on February 27.  Celebrants may use texts from a suitable Common in the Roman Missal and Liturgy of the Hours, unless proper texts are published before February 2022. 

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 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. The Procession follows. 

The feast of St. Blaise falls on Thursday, February 3, 2022.  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 blessed candles.  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. (Book of Blessings, nos. 1626-1629)


Registration to Participate in #weGiveCatholic Opens August 10
This year’s Online Day of Catholic Giving takes place on Giving Tuesday, November 30th. Let’s come together as one to celebrate generosity and highlight the good works of all our Catholic Parishes, Schools, Catholic Charities sites/programs, and Catholic nonprofits. This year, there are new and exciting prize offerings, including a $60,000matching gift to benefit Catholic school tuition assistance. Register your organization at after August 10.

Join us for a noontime webinar: Register and Get to Know Your #weGiveCatholic Dashboard. Choose the date that works best for you: August 10, 17, or 24. Watch your email for registration instructions. Contact Linda Corcoran at the Catholic Community Foundation, 216-696-6525 x1042,

Faith and Values Appeal for Catholic Education
The 2021-22 Faith & Values Appeal letter to support tuition assistance will mail during the first week of August to previous and select donors. Monies raised will be used for tuition assistance programs to provide faith-based education to students in need. 

For those who wish to promote this appeal for tuition assistance, bulletin and pulpit announcements, as well as a fact sheet and donor testimonial about Catholic Education in our diocese, can be downloaded at Any questions, please contact Patrick Grace at 216-696-6525 x5750.

The Tabor Fund
The Tabor Fund is for employees, religious and laity involved in pastoral ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. The Fund awards grants for sabbaticals, retreats for individuals, and programs for personal growth and refreshment of ministers. A grant application can be found online and are due September 15. For more information, please contact Jean Ann Montagna at 216-696-6525 x8070.

Our Gift to You: A Free Will-Writing Resource
Did you know that August is National Make-a-Will Month? You are encouraged to write a will to be a good steward of your faith, the gifts entrusted to you, and the people you love. We invite you to visit to write a free, legal will.

Lawyers Guild
The Red Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral on Friday, October 1, followed by a noon luncheon at Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key, where Justice Melody J. Stewart will receive the 2021 St. Thomas More Award.


Electric Bill Credit for Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Ohio Edison Customers
Customers of Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and Ohio Edison will see a bill credit and bill insert explaining the credit beginning with usage on August 1, 2021.   The State of Ohio House of Representatives recently passed H.B. 128 which eliminates a previously approved ‘Conservation Support Rider’, also called decoupling charges, a mechanism that provided a guaranteed revenue to the First Energy Companies regardless actual consumption patterns.   This credit should be approximately $16.18/1000 Kwh for customers of Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and $8.95/1000 Kwh for customers of Ohio Edison.   Please contact Chris Easton, Assistant Finance Officer for this or other utility questions or call (216) 696-6525 ext. 3920. 

Further information on this upcoming bill credit can be found here or on the public Utility Commission finding and order is available on the PUCO website and searching case 21-484-EL-ATA.


Vocation Office

BBQ with the Bishop for Discerners
On August 18th the Seminary Vocation Office is hosting a BBQ with Bishop Malesic and our seminarians at the Center for Pastoral Leadership. This cookout will be an opportunity for young men (high school through age 35) to enjoy a good meal and meet Bishop Malesic, our seminarians, priests from across the diocese, and other men who are discerning.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

5:00 p.m. Arrival (Meet on quad in front of Sacred Heart Chapel)

5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer

BBQ, Games, Campfire to follow Evening Prayer

We encourage you to reach out to any young men you know who are discerning and invite them to come out for the evening. We welcome and encourage their priests, their youth ministers, or their fathers to accompany them as well. Please RSVP by calling 440.943.7631 or using this link.

Thank you for everything that you do to foster vocations in our diocese!

Saint Mary Seminary

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 $7,500.  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, 2021. Grants will most likely be funded by January, 2022.


Office for Human Life
Please join us in welcoming Mary von Carlowitz to the Secretariat for Parish Life and Development.  As Director, Office for Human Life, Mary is responsible for planning, coordinating and effectively integrating the activities of the Office for Human Life within a consistent ethic of life. Most recently, Mary served as the co-director of faith formation at Church of the Gesu in University Heights. She also spent many years at St. Gabriel Parish in Concord as coordinator of youth and young adult ministry, and parish and school ministry. Please keep Mary in prayer as she enters this new phase of service to the Church and to the people of the Diocese of Cleveland. Mary can be reached by email or at (216) 696-6525 x2335.  

Office for Protection of Children
Thanks to all who have submitted the Annual Compliance Forms indicating our compliance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. We must have on file documentation of our efforts over the past audit year (July 1, 2020--June 30, 2021) to keep kids safe. We will submit the Audit instrument a bit earlier this year so please return the form ASAP as it was due by July 15, 2021. Email the form to Debbie Morris or mail it to: Diocese of Cleveland, Office for Protection of Children, 1404 E. 9th St., 5th Floor, Cleveland OH 44114. The form is available here, or reach out to Debbie and she will email you a copy. Any questions, email Sharon Minson or call 216-696-6525 x 1157

Office for Hispanic Ministry

Instituto Emaús - Escuela de Discípulos Misioneros

Emmaus Institute - School of Missionary Disciples

August 28, 2021, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Holy Name Church, Broadway Ave, Cleveland.

The Emmaus Institute is a comprehensive formation program for parish volunteers to facilitate their work in ministry as group leaders and ministry coordinators. The course of study includes four modules: biblical, theological, pastoral and spiritual. Part 2 of the biblical formation module, “Introduction to the Old Testament,” will take place on August 28. For more information, please contact Misael Mayorga at 216-374-9440 or by email.                

Marriage and Family Ministry Office

Click here for Family Perspectives.

Ministry of Consolation Training
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 2021, 7:00-9:00 pm
Join us for a six-session fall training for parish bereavement ministers via Zoom with the Diocese of Camden. Cost is $60. Registration by email no later than Friday, August 20, 2021.  Email Terri Yohman if you have questions.

Fall Prepare-Enrich Training for NEW Facilitators
Saturday, October 23, 2021 AND Saturday, October 30, 2021, 1:30-4:30 pm
Center for Pastoral Leadership
Join Fr. Andy Turner and Terri Yohman for two-day Prepare-Enrich certification training open to all priests, deacons, and lay Marriage Ministers. Attendance is required for both days and a Prepare-Enrich ID will be given upon certification. Priests who would like to have a well-qualified couple attend this training so that they may assist with marriage ministry please contact Terri for details. Cost is $100.00. Registration is available on our website. Contact Fr. Andy Turner by email or at 440-943-7644 with questions.

Infertility Resource
Springs in the Desert is a Catholic Community formed to help with the shared suffering of infertility and loss by accompanying those with this cross on a path into fruitfulness. Please share the website with couples who are struggling with infertility.

Marriages of Grace
Marriages of Grace seeks to offer couples the resources necessary to enrich and strengthen their marriages in a culture that is becoming increasingly challenging to the institution of marriage. An annual marriage enrichment day and bi-monthly Cana Nights are their primary ways of reaching this goal. For more information and upcoming events visit their website.

Young Adult Ministry Office

Young Adult Ministry Pods are meeting in August:

August 6-8 | Catching Fire Weekend Retreat | St. Leonard Retreat Center, 4076 Case Road, Avon, OH 44011 | Details here

August 8 | West Side Young Adults | Join us at the FEST in the Metroparks. Pick up at St. Christopher's, Rocky River, at 12pm.

August 19 | Cornerstone Theology on Tap | Church of the Holy Angels, Chagrin Falls | 7:00 -9:30 p.m. 

August 19 | West Side Young Adults | Church Tour + Dinner at Hofbrauhaus | Sponsored by Fr. Rob Ramser at St Angela Merici | Watch our website for further details.

August 29 | Downtown Pod - Theology on Tap | Nora Bradbury-Haehl will speak about The Twenty Something Handbook: Building a Life You Love | St. Peter, Cleveland | 5-7pm, followed by Mass. 

August 29 | St. John’s Cathedral Young Adults | Meets the last Sunday of every month at 6:30 p.m. 

Catholic Renewal Ministries 
Catholic Renewal Ministries’ August Traveling Charismatic Mass will be held at St. John of the Cross Parish, 140 Richmond Rd. in Euclid on Friday, August 20.  Praise and worship will begin at 7:00 p.m. and Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. at the outdoor shrine. If it rains we will move to the CRM Center in the parish school building.  Fr. Bob Franco will preside.  Healing prayer teams will be available after Mass for individual prayer.  For more information, please contact Fr. Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.

Our Lady of Angels Prayer group will present a Life in the Spirit Seminar, Tuesday, September 14 through November 2, 2021 from 7:30-9:15 p.m.  The theme is “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor 3:17).  The Seminar will take place at Our Lady of Angels Parish, 3644 Rocky River Dr. in Cleveland, in the Primary Building behind Linus Hall.  Call Verna Drockton 216-251-3560 or Tom Stamper 216-536-6495 to register or for more information.  Come Holy Spirit and Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful!


Please visit our website for the most updated schedule of events.

Annual Walk to Remember | October 3, 2021 - 1:00 -2:00 p.m.
During October, the month of the Most Holy Rosary, Catholic Cemeteries Association invites families to participate in a half-mile walking Rosary in honor of departed loved ones. For those who cannot walk, or in case of rain, the Rosary will be prayed in the mausoleum or in the cemetery office. At the end of the Rosary, there is a brief candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of our dearly departed.   This is a great communal prayer opportunity for families and for Rosary Prayer organizations in your parish.   Whether walking or not, you can also honor your departed loved ones on our ‘In Remembrance’ Wall.  Submit names by September 30th to be included for the month of October.  Registrations starts August 1st and runs through October 3rd.   Register and/or submit names now by phone, 216-930-4866, email, US mail (return form at bottom of flyer), or online.

Walk to Remember locations:  

  • All Saints Cemetery | 480 W. Highland Road, Northfield OH | Starts at Nativity Mausoleum;
  • All Souls Cemetery | 10366 Chardon Road, Chardon | Starts at Mary Queen of Peace Mausoleum;   
  • Calvary Cemetery | 10000 Miles Avenue, Cleveland | Starts at Main Office;  
  • Holy Cross Cemetery | 100 E Waterloo Road, Akron | Starts at Holy Family Mausoleum;  
  • Holy Cross Cemetery | 14609 Brookpark Road, Brook Park | Starts at St. Jude Mausoleum;  
  • Resurrection Cemetery | 6303 Center Road (Rt. 303) Valley City | Starts at Main Office;  
  • St. Joseph Cemetery | 32789 Detroit Road, Avon | Starts at St. Joseph Mausoleum;  

A Rosary podcast will be available on our website for those who cannot attend but wish to participate. 

CCA follows the guidelines of the CDC, the State of Ohio, and the Diocese of Cleveland regarding COVID-19 protocols.


Ursuline College
Do you feel a calling to work in lay ministry maybe in youth ministry, campus ministry, social justice, or as a chaplain? Ursuline College will be offering two information sessions to help you discern your call and see if the Theological and Pastoral Studies graduate program is the next step in your faith journey. On Tuesday, September 28thwe will be holding an in-person session on the Ursuline College campus and if you are not able to attend, we will have a second information session on Wednesday, September 29thvia Zoom. Pre-registration is required to attend either event. More information and registration can be found here.

First Friday Club of Cleveland
“Heart of a Shepherd” with Rev. Mark A. Latcovich, Ph D., President- Rector, Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminaries | Thursday, August 5, 2021 | 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | The City Club of Cleveland | 850 Euclid Ave | Cleveland, OH 44114 | Click here for more information.

Flyers which may be of interest to readers of the Diocesan Memorandum may be found at 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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