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Diocesan Memorandum

December 2020 | Vol. 54, no. 12 | Prot. No. C-53/2020

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.




Retirement Fund for the Religious: 12-13 December 2020
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious donation and collection will be on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2020.   Funding to support aging religious communities this year is critical, as donations go directly for medications, nursing care and other cost of living needs.  The season of giving is unique this year and in addition to in pew or weekend collections, parishes are encouraged to promote mailing donations to the diocese office of Clergy and Religious at Cathedral Square Plaza (attention: Fr. Dan Schlegel).  Included in this memo are bulletin inserts and graphics that may be used on parish websites.   

For more information, click here or email Brooke Uehlein or Christina Harrison

Office for Worship 

January 2021 Liturgical Calendar

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is celebrated on Friday, January 1, and is a holyday of obligation (although the obligation is dispensed). Vigil Masses for the Solemnity may be celebrated after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31.  This day coincides with the Special Day of Prayer for World Justice and Peace in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

The Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children is Friday, January 22.  Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral at 10:00 a.m.  Attendance is limited to pre-registered high school or parish groups with a limitation of 6 individuals (4 teens and 2 chaperones) per group.  Registration is first come, first served.  The Mass will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.  Please reference the regional Ordo for numerous liturgical options for readings and orations for this day.

June 2021 Liturgical Calendar

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on Friday, June 11.  Thursday evening Masses after 4:00 p.m. and Evening Prayer are that of the Proper Vigil. This solemnity is not a holyday of obligation.

The Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist is celebrated on Thursday, June 24.  Wednesday evening Masses after 4:00 p.m. and Evening Prayer are that of the Proper Vigil. This solemnity is not a holyday of obligation.

The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, is celebrated on Tuesday, June 29.  Monday evening Masses after 4:00 p.m. and Evening Prayer are that of the Proper Vigil. This solemnity is not a holyday of obligation.

Weddings within the Mass of the Day may be celebrated on these Solemnities.  Please reference this online chart for the pattern of a Wedding Within the Mass of the Day.

Litany of Loreto addition

On June 20, 2020, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a circular letter to the Presidents of the world’s Conferences of Bishops (Prot. n. 296/20), communicating the decision of Pope Francis to insert three new invocations into the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as the Litany of Loreto. The invocations “Mother of mercy,” “Mother of hope,” and “Solace of migrants” (or “Comfort of migrants”) are inserted after “Mother of the Church,” “Mother of divine grace,” and “Refuge of sinners,” respectively.

Different translations of the Litany of Loreto are available and may be used by the faithful. The USCCB has offered one English translation, which is also available on the Office for Worship website. This version is originally drawn from the current edition of the Manual of Indulgences (USCCB Communications, 2006) and further adapted, and the translation of the concluding prayer is taken from the Roman Missal, Third Edition.


#weGiveCatholic: In the Spirit of Thanksgiving
You have heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday – now you can share your blessings on Tuesday, 1 December – Giving Tuesday. All day around the globe people are asked to contribute to their favorite charities and nonprofits. The Diocese of Cleveland asks you to be part of Northeast Ohio’s Online Day of Catholic Giving: #weGiveCatholic, which allows you to contribute to over 230 Catholic schools, parishes, Catholic Charities programs and sites, ministries and other Catholic nonprofits in Northeast Ohio. Simply use your computer or smartphone on Tuesday, 1 December to access, search the list of participants and donate to your favorites. In the spirit of the season of gratitude, remember to Give Catholic on Giving Tuesday.

Year End Giving
In this season of giving, consider making a year-end gift to our parish in gratitude for all the blessings you have received in life. As you plan to make the most of your charitable donations in 2020, know that we gratefully accept gifts of cash and appreciated assets such as stocks or bonds. Even if you don’t itemize your taxes, because of the new stimulus package passed by Congress, qualified charitable donations up to $300 for individuals may be tax-deductible.  The CARES Act legislation also temporarily suspended the limitation on qualified charitable contributions of cash, allowing for a current year deduction (for those who itemize) up to 100% of AGI. This provision is in effect only for the 2020 tax year. And, if you are 70 ½ or older, you may be able to make a gift of a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA that will help us in our ministry and reduce your taxable income.  Talk to your advisors and IRA administrator for more information and to be sure that your IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution gift is made directly from an IRA to a qualified charity such as our parish.  Questions?  Contact XX in our parish office at XXX-XXX-XXXX or Mary Lou Ozimek of the Catholic Community Foundation at 216-225-9120 .

Catholic Charities Appeal
2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal – a total of $12,798,654 has been raised as of 31 October.  

Solicitation Letter: During the week of 18 November, 45,000 households received a letter from Bishop Malesic inviting a new or additional gift in support of the hungry & homeless programs at Catholic Charities. To make an immediate impact, donations can be made online through the end of December. Contact Sarah Yantek at  216-696-6525 x1049 to make a gift over the phone or with questions.



Human Resources

Ohio Minimum Wage For 2021
Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase from $8.70 to $8.80 per hour for non-tipped employees on January 1, 2021.  Please download the new poster and display it with your other labor law posters. Contact Human Resources (216) 696-6525, ext. 5420 with any questions. 



Hispanic Ministry Office
The Guadalupe Webinar- Learn about the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe in their historical context, the symbology for Spanish and indigenous people, the importance of Guadalupe in the New Evangelization and Our Lady’s influence in today’s world. The presentations will be offered via Zoom.

In Spanish - Saturday, December 5, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presenters: Misael Mayorga and Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera 

In English - Saturday, December 12, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Presenters: Miguel Chavez and Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera

For more information about the presentation in Spanish, click here or contact Misael Mayorga at 216-374-9440. For information about the presentation in English, click here or contact Miguel Chavez.

Interfaith Office

Clergy and Lay Pastoral Ministers are reminded that the Vatican and the World Council of Churches have designated January 18-25, 2021 the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Especially during weekday Masses and on Sunday, January 24, 2021, please make use of the prayers, reflections and other material for liturgical use and publication available from the Graymoor Institute at

The Christian Unity lecture at St. Mary Seminary on Friday, January 22, 2021 will be a closed presentation and not open to the public. Msgr. Paul McPartlan, S.T.L., D.Phil., professor of Ecumenical Theology at Catholic University of America and member of the International Dialogue of the Vatican with the Eastern Orthodox Churches, will reflect on the “Orthodox-Catholic Churches in Quest of Unity.” The presentation will be recorded and a link will be shared on the Interfaith Office’s Diocesan website.                                                        

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office

USCCB Survey – Please Participate and Share:  In an effort to learn more about the realities facing lay ecclesial ministers in the U.S., the USCCB has created a survey that any and all lay leaders and clergy are invited to fill out in English here or in Spanish here. The purpose of this survey is to get a snapshot of the current landscape of lay ecclesial ministry in the Church in the U.S today; to hear how the pandemic has affected them; to understand the impact of the bishops’ document on lay ecclesial ministry, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord; and to ask how the USCCB can support and advocate for lay ecclesial ministers throughout the United States, most especially at this uncertain time. The deadline for filling out the survey is December 15, 2020.

Marriage and Family Ministry Office

Click here for Family Perspectives

Virtual Advent Calendar
Start the calendar on Thanksgiving Day and come back each day through the season of Advent and Christmas. Designed with various households in mind, some parts of our Advent Calendar will apply to families with children, and other reflections will be more appropriate for teenagers and adults. There are videos, recipes, crafts, scriptural reflections and prayers. We have also included a supplies list for the Advent Calendar so that you can “prepare the way of the Lord” this season and coordinate needed items from the store or save something now to “re-purpose.”  

Comfort, Consolation and Creativity: Open Forum for Pastoral Care Ministry
The Office of Marriage and Family Ministry will host an online virtual forum for all those in pastoral care ministry who are seeking support during this holiday season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The forum is open to all lay ecclesial ministers, parish catechetical leaders, bereavement/grief ministers, those who work in pastoral care of the sick and dying and ministers in marriage, family and parish life. This session will be offered twice: Tuesday, 15 December 2020 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM and Thursday, 17 December 2020 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, via Zoom.  To participate, please email Jason Lewis in the Office of Marriage and Family Ministry or call 216-696-6525 x 2324.

Mental Health First Aid Training- Mental health has been a hot topic throughout the pandemic.  We now have access to an International/National Mental Health First Aid virtual training. Like CPR is for the heart, Mental Health First Aid is for creating better understanding and tools for mental illness. This training is appropriate for ministry leaders and lay people. We have had several people attend the training with very good reviews. It is important to note that the training will require 2 hours of pre-reading and a 6-hour virtual training session to receive the certificate which is valid for 3 years. Contact Terri Yohman by email for more information on this valuable resource.

Missionary Discipleship Office

A First Friday Rosary will follow the 12:00p.m. Mass on Friday, December 4, 2020. Join us by livestream on Facebook @DOCParishLife.

Join us for a webinar on our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday, December 12 at 7:00pm. Click here for more information or contact Miguel Chavez.

Office for Protection of Children

There is no denying the far-reaching impacts of Covid-19 on children, families and our parish communities. Mental health across America is suffering terribly. The Office for Protection of Children urges each of us to focus on prevention of abuse during these challenging times. Studies already show increasing depression and anxiety rates, which are exacerbated by inequities due to systemic racial barriers and historic adversity. We must continue to provide the safe, stable, and nurturing environments and relationships that allow children to feel safe and to thrive. And if you do know of, or suspect, abuse, report it. The posters for the child abuse hotlines for each county in our diocese can be found here.

Young Adult Ministry Office

Young Adult Ministry Advent Reflections @GodinCleveland.  Follow @GodinCleveland on Instagram ( and Facebook ( during Advent for a one-minute video reflection each day on where people have discovered @GodInCleveland in their everyday lives.  If you have a reflection idea to offer for the series contact Mike Hayes, Director of Young Adult Ministry.

Catholic Renewal Ministries

Catholic Renewal Ministries will host a Charismatic Mass on Friday, January 15th, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Peter Parish, 35777 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville 44039.  Fr. Bob Franco will be the celebrant.  Praise and worship will begin at 7:00 and the liturgy will start at 7:30.  Socially distant healing prayer will be available after Mass.  Masks are required.  For more information, please contact Fr. Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445. 

Society for the Propagation of the Faith

We are currently optimistic that we will be able to go forward with plans for the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) in 2021.  However, we realize that some pastors may still have concerns about participating in the coming year.  If you normally participate in MCP but want to opt out for 2021, we ask that you express this decision to the Mission Office no later than December 31, 2020, so that we do not include you in our MCP assignment process.

The Missionary Cooperation Plan was challenging this year due to the conditions created by the pandemic.  Some parishes and missionary groups found it necessary to cancel, but a majority of pastors found some way to go through with some form of MCP in 2020, whether it was an in-person appeal, utilizing a video appeal produced by the missionary, or simply taking up a collection on the mission group’s behalf.  We are very grateful and heartened by your concern for the Missions!



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

Monthly Sunday Grief Support December 20th:
Catholic Cemeteries Association continues with our monthly in-office grief support groups on December 20th with limited seating for social distancing.    We meet the 3rd Sunday of every month from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Saint Joseph Cemetery, Avon (NEW office);
  • Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron (office);
  • Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park (office);
  • Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland (office);
  • All Saints Cemetery, Northfield (office);
  • All Souls Cemetery, Chardon (office).

Meeting sites are sanitized and seating is arranged so everyone is at a safe distance.  Participants are requested to RSVP so we can plan appropriate social distancing at each location.  Participants are required to wear protective facial coverings.   The December topic is “The Gift of God’s Presence: You Never Walk Alone”. 

We continue our special appeal to east side parishes to let your grieving families know about our free and safe in-office monthly grief support meetings.  Our All Saints Cemetery (Northfield) and Calvary Cleveland (Miles Ave) offices have very low attendance and sometimes there are no attendees.  While we do not want a crowd to show up (for safe social distancing) we do want to make sure the grieving in our communities are not left to walk this difficult journey alone.  We have very compassionate, trained group leaders who are there monthly praying for our bereaved whether or not participants arrive.  Please advise those in your parish who are in contact with the bereaved, to reach out and suggest one of our east side grief support groups.  Even if you have grief support at your parish, this is a free source of additional support for them.  They will be blessed by attending.  To RSVP or for questions, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866. Please see the attached  2020 flyer and 2021 flyer

Christmas Ornaments:             
Christmas ornaments that we normally distribute at our November Cemetery Sunday Mass are still available for pickup at any cemetery office through December 31st.

“A Closer Walk With Thee” – New Monthly Grief Support E-Newsletter:
Please continue to inform your grieving parishioners about Catholic Cemeteries Association’s new monthly grief support e-newsletter named,  “A Closer Walk with Thee”.  This e-newsletter is emailed the first Tuesday of each month to any family/individual who has expressed an interest in our bereavement programs.  To subscribe to this valued grief support resource, visit Grief Support E-News signup, or contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.


First Friday Club of Cleveland
Living the Advent Journey - Presented by:  Bishop Roger Gries, OSB | Thursday, December 3, 2020 | Live Webinar begins at Noon Via Zoom | Registration and more information here

The St. Albert the Great Bereavement Ministry is sharing its bereavement support videos on the parish website. You can click here for the direct link to YouTube. These are available for anyone to view. The videos share scriptures, prayers, reflections, witness stories of individual grief journeys and devotional videos to pray with us (Rosary for the deceased, Stations of the Cross for the Bereaved). Some videos (6) are posted and there will be other regular additions to watch for.


Webinar on the 40th anniversary of the Four Women Martyrs of El Salvador
Interested persons may register (for free) through the ‘Webinar Watch’ section of the Association of United States Catholic Priests (AUSCP) website:, or by contacting John Heagle, Chair, Working Group on Gospel Nonviolence, AUSCP. Click here for more information.

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. 

60 Minutes from Belfast - A Livestream Event - Transforming Failure | Saturday, December 12, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Fr. Brendan McManus, SJ and Jim Deeds | Pay what you can $10-$50

December Morning Prayer for Women | Monday, December 14, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.  | With Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC | $10

Advent Luncheon: Praying with It’s a Wonderful Life |  Tuesday, December 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Presented by Fr. Jim Shea, SJ | $30

Calix AA Men’s Retreat | Friday, December 18, 6:00 pm - Sunday, December 20, 11:00 a.m. | Presented by Presented by George B. & Team | $180

Christmas Eve Mass - Virtual Liturgy | Thursday, December 24 | The link will be emailed on the morning of Christmas Eve to all who pre-register here . The liturgy will be pre-recorded, so registrants can watch the liturgy whenever it is convenient for them.

New Year’s Eve Retreat | Thursday, December 31, 5:30 pm - Friday, January 1, 11:00 am | Presented by Presented by Fr. Jim Shea, SJ | $95

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