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Diocesan Memorandum

February, 2022 | Vol. 56, no. 2 | Prot. No. C-5/2022 

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. 


2022 Diocesan-wide Evening of Confession | 16 March 2022 
The 2022 diocesan-wide Evening of Confession will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. Please ensure this date and time is reflected in your parish calendar. Data from previous surveys of pastors showed strong support to continue the Evening of Confession as in previous years with the event being held two weeks after Ash Wednesday. Television, radio and social media promotional ads to build awareness of the 2022 Evening of Confession will begin running on or about March 1, 2022. Please ensure pandemic precaution protocols are in place at your church for the safety of all attending this event. 

For questions about the 2022 Evening of Confession, please contact Deacon Jim Armstrong in the Communications Department.


Black and Indian Mission Collection | March 5-6, 2022 
The weekend of March 5-6, 2022 is designated for the Annual Collection for the Black and Indian Missions here in the United States.  Pope Francis reminds us in Lumen Fidei (51), “Faith helps us build our societies in such a way that they can journey towards a future of hope.”  

During this first weekend of Lent our parishes will take up the 135th annual National Black and Indian Mission Collection.  Your support of this collection helps build the Church in our African American and Native American communities from coast to coast (including our diocese, which has received substantial grants which funded projects here).  Parish Religious education programs, evangelization projects, youth & young adult outreach efforts and diocesan ministries depend on your generosity to help us spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 


New! Support Catholic School Students Through Ohio’s Tax-Credit Scholarship Program 
A new state of Ohio tax-credit scholarship program allows donors to reduce their tax liability and provide scholarship funding for students seeking a Catholic education. Contributions to the Angel Scholarship Fund will be used to provide need-based tuition assistance for students to attend our Catholic schools. Donors to this fund will be eligible for a 100% tax credit on their 2022 Ohio income tax form, up to a maximum amount of $750. Find out more at This is a win-win-win for taxpayer donors, scholarship recipients, and our diocese. 

2022 Catholic Charities Appeal  | Parish In-Pew Appeal February 19-20  
Watch for an email invitation to parish staff and volunteers with a link to join a training session. Postcards have been mailed to pastors and parish business managers as well. 

Virtual Preview Meetings: January 31st from 2-3 or February 7th from 2:30-3:30 

February 12-13: Announcement Weekend: All parishes are asked to use the preprinted Bulletin Inserts received in their parish kits and the Announcements and Prayers of the Faithful available at 

February 19-20: Commitment Weekend: All parishes are asked to conduct the In-Pew Appeal this weekend, with the pastor speaking from the pulpit and facilitating the completion of pledge envelopes.  

Convenient, no contact ways to give:  


Text-To-Give: text CCHOPE to 41444  

Scan to Give: scan the QR code on in-pew envelopes and bulletin inserts 

If you have questions or for more information, email Sarah Gozur or call 216-696-6525 x1910. 

Parish Legacy Gift Opportunities 
The Catholic Community Foundation has many different resources to assist your parish in promoting legacy gifts in support of your parish. If you are interested in these opportunities, please email Jean Ann Montagna or 216-696-6525 x8070. 

Qualified Charitable Distributions 
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 Jean Ann Montagna of the Catholic Community Foundation at 216-696-6525 x 8070 or visit

Available Scholarships 

The Andrew Gregory Rodgers and Pauline Rodgers College Scholarship
Who is eligible: students of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain
Guidelines and the application can be found at
The application deadline is April 15th.  

The Martin T. Galvin Memorial Scholarship 
Who is eligible: high school students pursuing a Catholic education with a parent or relative who is a practicing attorney. Guidelines and the application can be found on Digital Academy or at  The application deadline is March 15.  

Tabor Fund Grant Awards 
Tabor Grant awards provide an opportunity for ministers to refresh and re-energize their spirituality and faith as well as their mental and physical well-being, fostering personal development and improving their ministry. Guidelines and the application for the 2022A cycle can be found at The application deadline is March 15. 


Beginning January 1, 2022, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car for business miles driven is 58.5 cents per mile.  More detail can be found on the IRS website .  


Diocesan Synodal Process 
Because of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we have received calls with concerns about gathering people together for listening sessions. In light of these concerns, we are extending the deadline. We hope that additional time will help address the safety concerns and allow for greater participation. The extended timeline is as follows:  

Let us know how the Synod Listening Sessions are going in your community by completing this brief survey.   

We have also created a simple recording of the Examen reflection. Facilitators may choose to play the video during the listening sessions instead of reading it aloud. It can be found on the website along with the Facilitator Guide and additional resources for parishes, schools and Catholic organizations. The recording is also available in Spanish.  
Lastly, we have finalized the online Individual Participation Process. It will be posted on our website,, and we will be accepting responses from February 1 - March 31.  

For more Synod updates, including frequently asked questions, click here

Protection of Children 

Thank you for all that you are doing to help keep our kids safe. As you know, when the Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse was revised in 2016, we added a repeat background check process through The background check initially costs $25 per person. In June 2021, notified us that in order to comply with state and national reporting procedures, and to provide accuracy of information, they will notify the Diocese when an applicant has a possible criminal record and will name the county that has been flagged. We then must have run the additional county search in order to get the full information on the criminal record. Most counties in the State of Ohio have an $8 court record fee. Some states/counties have higher fees. The applicant will pay the initial fee of $25. County search fees are being invoiced to the parish or school that the applicant listed as a primary location. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns: email Sharon Minson or call 216-696-6525 x1157.   

Office of Missionary Discipleship 

Called by the Spirit Gifts Discernment Training
Thursday, February 24, 9:00 a.m.  –   12:30 p.m. | St. Ambrose, Brunswick
In 2020 the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland created a gifts discernment process that is accessible and adaptable, and can become a springboard for stewardship and engagement in the community.  Come and learn about the resources and creative ways to use them to form missionary disciples!  RSVP by Tuesday, February 22 here

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has concluded its 3-year partnership agreement with the Augustine Institute’s FORMED program. Parishes that consecutively opted into the 3-year arrangement can enjoy the discounted diocesan renewal price in perpetuity. The renewal fee for larger communities with greater than or equal to 350 families is $1604 or $775 for communities with less than 350 families. 

FORMED is sending out renewal notices by email and direct mail with the new annual subscription for each faith community. Please note that if your faith community pays for the FORMED services using a credit card, that account will automatically renew unless you contact them prior to the renewal date. 

For more information about FORMED, please email Lynette Saenz or call (216) 696-6525, ext. 2550 or email Denise Smithberger. 

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office 

“Leading with Humility: A Journey Toward Racial Harmony” Workshop Series | Saturdays: Feb. 12, March 12 and April 23, 2022; 9am – Noon | Center for Pastoral Leadership, Aula 

A three-part workshop series with Dr. Cary Dabney. Participants will receive the book Heart: A Journey Toward Cultural Humility by James Knight. Participation in all three sessions is highly recommended. Register here or call the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office 440-943-7670 for more details. 

Visit Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Night | February 18, March 18, and April 8, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

Join lay ecclesial ministry candidates for prayer and learn about the formation process for Certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister in our diocese. Meet some of our candidates in formation, become aware of networking and spiritual growth opportunities along with academic options. For more information or to RSVP, please email Pattie Batchman or call440-943-7669.  

Lenten Reflection & Resources Day | Friday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m. | Center for Pastoral Leadership, Aula
A prayerful Lenten reflection day, with speaker Andy Philbin, whose conversion led him to “Sidewalk Advocates for Life.”  There will be opportunities for networking and gaining information on area service agencies, and information about resources for you and those you care for in ministry. Morning hospitality begins at 9:15 am and lunch will be provided.  

Information Meeting - 2022 Canon Law Course | Friday, April 8, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | Center for Pastoral Leadership 

Anyone interested in working with people on marriage cases with the Tribunal is encouraged to participate in the summer 2022 course in Canon Law. To learn more, join instructor Lynette Tait, JCL, who serves as a Judge on the Diocesan Tribunal, at this information meeting. If you have questions about the course, please contact Lynette Tait at 216-696-6525, ext. 4000. To sign up for the information session, please email Pattie Batchman or call 440-943-7669.  

Office for Human Life 

Have you heard about Walking with Moms in Need? 

The Walking with Moms in Need program is an unapologetically pro-life project, originating from the USCCB, that encourages Catholics (within their own parish communities) to support and “walk in the shoes” of local pregnant and parenting women in difficult situations.  

This incredibly forward-thinking program seeks to walk with women; to better understand their situations; to work with pro-life and social service agencies to meet the concrete needs of expectant mothers and their children… to even host a “baby shower”! 

The parish community, acting as a family unit, identifies and helps to provide the full range of needs for mothers and their unborn children, not only during pregnancy, but for years to come, accompanying them on their faith journey and incorporating them into active participation in the parish family.  

If your parish might be interested in being a part of our pilot programming for Walking with Moms in Need, please email Mary von Carlowitz so that we can walk with and help to equip your parish community to support pregnant and parenting moms in need. We are looking forward to beginning the journey this spring. 

Office for Marriage and Family Ministry 

Diocesan Trained Couple Ministers/Prepare- Enrich Marriage Ministers  
Historically, marriage mentoring in the Diocese has been called Couple Ministry or Couple to Couple Ministry. We are moving away from that language due to its confusion with the National Couple to Couple League, Natural Family Planning Ministry program and language. If you are currently a Prepare-Enrich trained couple or deacon, or if you were previously trained but haven’t been active in this very valuable ministry, please email Terri Yohman to be included in future communications about diocesan updates and needs. 

National Marriage Week 
Observed February 7-14, annually, this year’s theme comes from the national pastoral framework- Marriage: Called to the Joy of Love! Find resources from the USCCB and from National Marriage Week USA, who offer a tool-kit of resources and tips. Additionally, feel free to share For Your Marriage's new Valentine’s blog post for couples, “Give the Gift of Words”.  

Marriage Encounter 
The Northeast Ohio Chapter of Marriage Encounter has a weekend scheduled for February 11-13 at the Radisson in Fairlawn. Scholarships are available by calling 330-305-9963. More information and registration is available on their website

Marriages of Grace - Messy Family Project | Saturday, March 5, 12 noon – 10:00 p.m. | Holiday Inn, 6001 Rockside Rd., Independence 

Save the Date for the Marriage Enrichment Event featuring Mike and Alicia Hernan from the Messy Family Project. Through their ministry, Alicia and Mike are on a mission to empower parents to embrace their sacred calling, which they believe is the key to the renewal of the Church and our society. You can register online. The cost is $115 

Family Perspectives 
Perspectives for Ordinary time weeks 2-8 are available on our website for download. 

Catholic Moms’ Groups 
We are scheduling virtual leader sessions for the facilitators of parish Moms’ Groups. Please email Terri Yohman to be put on the invite list. If your parish doesn’t have a Moms’ Group but is interested, please reach out and we will help you get one started. 

Catholic Renewal Ministries 

Peter’s Shadow - Afternoon of Healing Prayer | Sunday, February 6, 12 noon | St. Luke, Lakewood 

Come experience the healing power of Jesus. For more information, please call 234-206-0263. 


First Friday Club of Cleveland
Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland | Thursday, February 10, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland OH 44113 | Registration and more information here

Theology on the Rocks
Human Love in the Divine Plan | Jennifer Ricard, Executive Director, TOB CLE | Monday, February 14 – 7:00pm | La Centre 25777 Detroit Road, Westlake | Click here for more information. 

Relentless and Relevant: A Daring Approach to the Next 500 Years of Jesuit Education  | Featured Speaker: Dr. Alan Miciak, President of John Carroll University | Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 11:15 a.m. | Location: The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave, 2nd floor, Cleveland, OH | 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.  

February Sabbath Days - a Personal Retreat Day | Tuesday, February 10, 8:30 a.m. –  3:30 p.m. | $50 

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

Ignatian Themes - Praying with Ignatius of Loyola | Friday, February 25, 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. | Bill Hobbs and Fr. Paul O’Connor, SJ | $200 

The Temptations of Jesus - A Sacred Art Retreat | Saturday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Lee Mattano Palencar | $30 

Cinema and Conversation: Walking the Camino - Six Ways to Santiago | Monday, February 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Free Will Offering

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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