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Diocesan Memorandum

January, 2020 | Vol. 54, no. 1 | Prot. No. C-1/2020

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.

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

Catholic University Collection | 18-19 January 2020
Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Catholic University of America offers graduate and undergraduate courses in more than 180 academic programs. By giving to the National Collection, you will help support more than 6,000 students who are seeking a faith-filled education at an institution that supports cutting-edge research in multiple fields. Your investment will enable the University to continue to support the Church and to advance its work of preparing the next generation of leadership, both religious and lay, of our Church and nation. Thank you for your generosity.

Latin America – El Salvador Collection | 25-26 January 2020
The Latin American Collection will take place on 25-26 January 2020. This is the only appeal made by the Diocesan Mission Office for the Cleveland Latin American Mission in El Salvador. It is the main support for two Diocese of Cleveland priests who work in the two parishes served by our Mission Office.  This appeal also makes a contribution to the Collection for the Church in Latin America that is managed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and benefits projects and the formation of seminarians, religious and lay leaders in 23 countries across Latin America. 

Please forward the collection to the Diocesan Mission Office, 1404 East Ninth St. - 3rdFloor, Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1722.

2020 diocesan-wide Evening of Confession | 11 March 2020
The 2020 diocesan-wide Evening of Confession will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5-8 p.m.  Please ensure this date and time is reflected in your parish calendar.  The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of God’s gifts to help us as we journey toward God’s kingdom and strive to serve God’s people entrusted to our care. 

As in previous years, parish resources such as bulletin inserts, poster art and examination of conscience materials will be available on-line after January 10, 2020 at www.welcomecatholics.com.  Parishes are encouraged to visit these resource pages after January 10, 2020 to access materials that will be helpful in the promotion and celebration of the 2020 Evening of Confession. Television, radio and social media promotional advertisements to build awareness of the 2020 Evening of Confession will begin running on or about March 1, 2020. 

Data from a 2019 survey 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 from 5-8 p.m. 

For questions about the 2020 Evening of Confession, please contact Lynette Saenz in the Parish Life Office or Brooke Uehlein in the Communications Department.

Office for Worship

January 2020: Sunday of the Word of God Resources
The FDLC has provided a comprehensive resource for celebrating Sunday of the Word of God, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.  It, and other resources, may be found on the Office for Worship Resources webpage under “Word of God,” or simply follow this link

February 2020 Liturgical Calendar Reminders:

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), Sunday, 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. The Procession follows.  

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.

The feast of St. Blaise falls on Monday, 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 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)

July 2020 Liturgical Calendar Notes:

The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene falls on July 22, 2020.  Elevated to a Feast in 2016, the former Memorial was already enriched with many proper liturgical texts in both the Roman Missal and Liturgy of the Hours.  As a Feast, the following also apply:

  • The Glory to God in the highest is sung or said at Mass.
  • All the readings for St. Mary Magdalene in no. 603 of the Lectionary for Mass are proper.
  • In the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the psalmody, verse, and First Reading with its Reponsory are taken from the Common of Holy Women; the Te Deum is also sung or said after the Second Reading with its Reponsory.

Full texts for the Feast are available online:

http://www.usccb.org/about/divine-worship/liturgical-calendar/saint-mary-magdalene.cfm

Office of the Chancellor

Please find the Diocesan Collection Schedule for 2020-2021 here.

Articles for the support of the Holy Land
Bishop Perez has granted permission to the following vendors to sell religious articles from the Holy Land at the Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland: 

1. Mr. and Mrs. Ibrahim Abufarha of Holy Land Carvings, 6405 Amber Lane, Grand Blanc, MI 48439

2. Mr. Mourice Ballout of Star of Bethlehem, 322 Grand Oaks Blvd., Houston, TX, 77015

3. Mrs. Suhair Musleh of Holy Land Gifts, 4850 Lynn Place, Warren, OH 44483-1440

4. Mr. Martin Samir Zablah of Three Kings Bethlehem, P.O. Box 3004, Oswego, NY 13126

The permission is granted effective February 20, 2020 until February 20, 2021.

There have been some reports of confusion by parish staff between vendors; for example, that a booking has been made by one vendor, then a new booking made with a second vendor while parish staff were under the impression that this was merely a rescheduling of the date of the first vendor. If in doubt, you may wish to ensure that you are speaking with the correct vendor by calling back to the contact number originally given to you at the time of the first booking. Some vendors have expressed disappointment at the poor sales they have experienced when they have visited a parish shortly after another vendor has visited the same parish. Each pastor is free to decide which of these vendor(s), if any, are permitted to sell items at the parish.

If you have any feedback (good or bad) regarding your experience with these vendors, kindly contact the Office of the Chancellor so that this can be considered prior to making a decision regarding next year’s vendors.

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

HELEN D. SCHUBERT CONCERTS Winter 2020

https://saintjohncathedral.com/concerts

Cathedral of St John the Evangelist; 1007 Superior Ave; Cleveland 44114.  FREE, (no tickets, no reservations);Free secure parking: Cathedral garage & lot, Rockwell & E 9th St.

February 21, Friday at 7:30 p.m. | Schola Antiqua of Chicago | Michael Alan Anderson, director

April 21, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. | Choir of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris France | Henri Chalet, director


CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal kicks off in January with the theme “Faces of Hope – Though We Are Many, We Are One in Christ”.  During the week of 15 January, close to 100,000 households will receive a letter from Bishop Perez encouraging support for the Appeal and asking each of us to “help our brothers and sisters in need”. The Appeal goal is $13.5 million and is needed to continue to serve more than 400,000 people in need.

Parish Appeal: 8-9 Feb. All parishes are asked to conduct the In-Pew Appeal the weekend of 8-9 Feb. We are grateful for the support of our priests and volunteers who faithfully promote the appeal at the parish level and to our loyal parishioners who, through their sacrificial gifts, are changing lives throughout our diocese. Annually, more than $4 million is raised on this weekend across the diocese. Thank you for all you do to encourage participation.

Parish Kits will arrive in all parishes the week of 20 January. If you have questions or for more information contact Sarah Yantek or 216-696-6525 x 1049.

Parish Preview Meetings: All pastors, staff and Appeal volunteers are encouraged to attend a luncheon meeting for updates and a sneak peek at 2020. All meetings are Noon-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 14 January | Visitation of Mary, Akron

Tuesday, 21 January | Immaculate Conception, Willoughby

Monday, 27 January | St. Ladislas, Westlake

Register online at www.CatholicCommunity.org/events or call Sarah Yantek at 216-696-6525 x 1049.

Stewardship Office                                                                                      

No-Cost Stewardship Series 2019 Webcasts
For the past three years, the Catholic Community Foundation has invested in the popular Our Sunday Visitor Stewardship Series webinars, designed to bring education on stewardship topics directly to the leadership of your parish each month. It costs you nothing more than a registration and one hour at the convenience of your schedule to participate. Watch the Stewardship website for more information.

2019 Stewardship Network Meetings
A stewardship network has grown within our diocese over the past several years and includes representation from nearly 15 parishes of varied size.  We meet on the “third” Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. and the agenda is developed by the participating members. Come as you can.  It’s been a source of encouragement, wisdom, and new ideas, most especially for those responsible for increasing engagement, such as stewardship, advancement/development, and pastoral ministers.  All are welcome; parish staff members and lay leaders. Contact Terri Preskar to learn more.


FINANCE OFFICE

Human Resources

Reminders for 2020

Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase from $8.55 to $8.70 per hour for non-tipped employees on January 1, 2020.  Please download the new poster and display it with your other labor law posters:  https://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/dico_2020MinimumWageposter.pdf

Most employees who make less than $684 per week ($35,568 annually) will be eligible for overtime pay under a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) effective January 1, 2020.  See the October 1, 2019 memo that was sent out to all pastors and business managers for details.  For additional information go to:  https://www.dol.gov/whd 

Give new hires or anyone who wants to change their payroll federal tax withholding the 2020  W-4 form beginning January 1, 2020.  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf  Note this form is different from previous years.’

Benefits Office Job Opening
The Diocese Employee Benefits Office has a position opening for a Benefits Coordinator.  Please go to HERE for more information. Contact Human Resources (216) 696-6525, ext. 5420 with any questions. 


PARISH LIFE AND DEVELOPMENT

African American Catholic Ministry

Movie Screening of “Across: Tolton’s Escape From Slavery” | Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Our Lady of Peace, 12601 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120

The Cause for the Sainthood of the Venerable Father Augustus Tolton will be visiting the Diocese of Cleveland. The visit will include a movie screening about Tolton’s early life and escape from slavery. The event will include a performance from the Diocese of Cleveland Gospel Choir and a presentation from the Cause on the life and ministry of Father Tolton. It is free to the public. For more info, click here.

Hispanic Ministry

Hispanic Family Day at Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminaries | Sunday, February 23, 2020,  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join Bishop Perez and our diocesan seminarians for a message on fostering a culture of vocations within our Hispanic families and parishes. The day will begin with Mass with the Bishop followed by brunch and a tour of the seminary. For more information contact Misael Mayorga or Father Michael McCandless.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Day Retreat - “Trinity and Mutual Indwelling,” with Sr. Lisa Belz, OSU, MA, MS, PhD, on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership; 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  For more information and to register, visit: For more information and to register, click here.

Information Night
Come learn more about the process for certification at our information night on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership.  View the flyer and RSVP here.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Open House
Come and experience evening prayer at a Friday formation session, and learn more about the Diocesan Certification Process on March 20, 2020.  View the flyer and RSVP here.

Office for Protection of Children & Youth

In its ongoing mission to keep all kids safe, the Office for Protection of Children & Youth periodically sends out reminders about how to report suspected abuse. If you suspect abuse, call local law enforcement immediately. Every county in the Diocese of Cleveland has a Hotline to report abuse, generally listed under Children & Family Services in the directory. The Diocese also has posters on our website that list the toll-free numbers in poster format for each county. Click here for the listing of Victim Assistance posters. Or contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Kathleen McComb, at the Diocese of Cleveland for additional help and support at 216-334-2999.  Finally, we have listed on our website other free resources with great information about talking to kids about online exploitation and other issues, which include videos that parents can watch with their kids on this difficult topic, at the following links.

http://www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/cybertipline

http://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/home

http://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/resources

Feel free to reach out to Sharon Minson, Director of the Office for Protection of Children & Youth at 216-696-6525 x1157 for any additional information or support. Thanks for all that you are doing to help create safe communities for our kids.

Marriage and Family Ministry

Click here for Family Perspectives February 2020

Parish Pre-Cana Days
Our website at www.dioceseofcleveland.org/precana lists marriage preparation options for engaged couples who are marrying for the first time. Please visit our website if you are looking for a Pre-Cana program in the diocese. Additionally, if your parish would like to advertise their Pre-Cana event on our website please follow the links to the appropriate form.

National Marriage Week is February 7-14, 2020
The upcoming observances of National Marriage Week (February 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday February 9) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. Our theme for 2020 is “Stories from the Domestic Church”. More resources may be found here.

Sacred Steps to Peace- St. Joseph Church, Strongsville
The Department for Marriage and Family Ministry presents a Catholic Divorce Recovery Program entitled Sacred Steps to Peace. The program has a focus on spiritual healing and growth through education, discussion and reflection on Scriptures and Church teachings. A team in a support group format will guide optional small group sessions weekly, using prayer, exercises and a workbook as a pathway to divorce recovery.

Date: February 21, 2020
Time:  7:00  – 9:00 p.m.
Monthly Meetings- Third Friday of every month
Place: St. Joseph Parish, 12700 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136, in the Bethlehem Room.
Register for the Email list here.

Ministry of Consolation – Winter/Spring 2020
This training provides the training and tools needed to create a Ministry of Consolation/Bereavement program in the context of parish life. This course is for those who are ministering to the bereaved in parish and diocesan settings (For Parish Volunteers, Lay Ecclesial Ministers, Deacons, or those in formation for ministry). Training in the Akron area of the diocese are typically scheduled every other year so please take advantage of this opportunity.

Dates:  February 17, 24 & March 2, 9, 16, 2020. (Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.)
Time:  6:30  – 9:00 p.m.
Place:  St. Francis de Sales – Akron
Cost:  $100.00
Registration: www.dioceseofcleveland.org/pastoralcare
Contact: Jason Lewis by email or 216-696-6525 x2324

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS:  With the office’s Secretariat and physical moves to Parish Life and Development, our website address has changed to:  www.dioceseofcleveland.org/yyam.

YOUTH /YOUNG ADULT NIGHT AT ANNUAL LENTEN REVIVAL, FRIDAY, 28 FEBRUARY, 2020:  The Revival, an annual collaborative celebration of African American Catholic heritage, culture, and liturgy will be held 26-28, February, 2020 at St. Agnes – Our Lady of Fatima Church, 6800 Lexington Ave., Cleveland, Ohio  44103, 7:00pm, nightly.  Visiting revivalist is Father Oscar Pratt, Archdiocese of Boston.  On Friday, our youth & young adults will lead the community in hospitality, prayer, music and movement on Youth/Young Adult Night.  Participation in the night is open to all youth & young adults in the diocese.  Visit here for more information.  Volunteers needed (readers, ushers, dancers, or singers).  Contact Mark Delsander, Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office, 216-696-6525 x2332.

Catholic Renewal Ministries

All are welcome to attend an afternoon or night of Healing Prayer hosted by Peter’s Shadow Healing Prayer Ministry. The mission of Jesus was to preach salvation, healing and redemption.  This is still His mission.

Afternoon of Healing Prayer | January 29, 2020, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  | St. Ambrose Parish, 929 Pearl Rd., Brunswick, OH 44212

Night of Healing Prayer | February 19, 2020, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | St. Joseph Parish 12700 Pearl Rd, Strongsville, OH 44139  

Night of Healing Prayer | March 2, 2020, 6:30 p.m. | St. John Vianney Parish, 7575 Bellflower Rd. Mentor, OH 44060. 

There is no charge to attend and no reservations are needed.  Peter’s Shadow can be reached at 234-206-0263 or by email. Jesus is healing today.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Center and the Living Word Ministry of Praise Prayer Group will host a Healing Mass & Service on Saturday, February 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church.  Fr. Bob Stec will be the mass celebrant.  There will be Eucharistic Adoration following the Healing Mass and Denise Calabrese will lead the praise and worship time and healing prayer service.  During the days when we are feeling a sense of brokenness and facing challenges in life, let us come together for God’s Healing Grace.  There is no charge for this event. Visit http://www.StAmbrose.us or holyspiritprayercenter.org for more details.

The SS. Cosmas & Damian Prayer Group invites all to a Night of Praise and Worship on February 22, 2020 from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m.  Come, be part of an amazing evening of praise and worship of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Healing and Prayer Teams will also be available for individual prayer.  SS. Cosmas & Damian is located at 10439 Ravenna Rd., in Twinsburg 44087.  For more information, please contact Brenda or Denny Carleton at 216-392-8749.

Catholic Renewal Ministries will host an Unbound: Freedom in Christ Conference on Friday and Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2020.  Neal and Janet Lozano, founders of Heart of the Father Ministries will present the conference.  Unbound is a ministry of freedom and healing that helps us to release the Power of the Gospel into our lives. There will be times of prayer and worship, insightful teaching, and personal ministry from our ministry team.  The conference will start at 7:00 p.m. Friday and will be held at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, OH 44092.  Registration for the two day conference will be $75 per person for registrations postmarked by February 10th.  Late registration is $90 postmarked by February 25th.  There will be NO registration at the door.  More details and registration are available at here or call CRM at 440-944-9445, or Marge Zampino at 216-990-0919; or email.


CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Catholic Commission of Lake & Geauga – Catholic Relief Services

Every few years, CRS goes through a clean-up process in order to be better stewards of our resources.  This year the clean-up includes the Diocese of Cleveland. For this coming year only (2020), every parish or institution will be asked to make a proactiveorder.  Most years, if parishes do not change their order, they are defaulted to receive the same quantity as the previous year. This year (as a one-time cleanup effort), every parish must contact CRS to place their order, otherwise the default will be to remove the parish from the CRS Rice Bowl order list. Please place your CRS Rice Bowl order for Lent 2020 now by calling 1-800-222-0025 or order online at crsricebowl.org. Materials are available in both English and Spanish. If you are interested in learning more please contact CRS Diocesan Director Kelly Davis at 440-943-7612.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

2020 CCHD Local Grant Applications Available
The 2020 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Local Grant applications, including the Local Youth and Young Adult Grant and the Local Community Grant will be available January 2, 2020.  The local grants include awards of up to $5,000. We are also accepting nominations for the Fr. David Fallon awards, which include awards of up to $500.

CCHD grants are awarded to parishes and organizations that are working to empower people who are poor and low-income to build better communities and alleviate poverty while promoting the values of Catholic Social Teaching.  These groups work to change social structures and policies which undermine life and dignity, especially for the poor and powerless.

Any organization within the Diocese of Cleveland that complies with the CCHD application criteria and guidelines may apply. Organizations do not have to be Catholic or affiliated with the Catholic Church but must be in union with all CCHD criteria and guidelines. All applications are due by March 31, 2020. Grant Applications and timelines can be found here. For more information contact: CCHD Diocesan Director, Jon Gromek, 440.366.1106 x12

Diocesan Social Action Office

‘Civilize It’ Campaign from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
As Catholics, our strong tradition of social teaching compels us to be actively engaged in the building up of our communities. This is achieved by being involved in the political process—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with vitriol and harsh language, often directed at people themselves. When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities. What is needed is good, honest, civil dialogue. This means that we must treat everyone as worthy of being at the table, worthy of our respect, and worthy of being heard. In short, it means treating everyone as our neighbor.

Tips for Engaging in Civil Dialogue:

1. Listen first and seek to understand the whole picture.

2. Ask questions for clarification.

3. Use ‘I’ statements; pay attention to body language.

4. Listen to what feelings are present and pay attention to how you respond.

5. Summarize what you’ve heard and ask for feedback.

Click here for more information on the USCCB ‘Civilize It’ Campaign.

Bulletin suggestions for Martin Luther King Day –for Sunday, January 19
Tomorrow, the United States honors Dr. Martin Luther King. Take some time to read the pastoral letter against racism issued by the Catholic bishops of the United States called, Open Wide Our Hearts. The letter is a powerful invitation for all the people of God to “face courageously the vice of racism, … reach out generously to the victims of this evil, to assist the conversion needed in those who still harbor racism, and to begin to change policies and structures that allow racism to persist.” At usccb.org/racism, you can read the entire letter, get new resources and find ideas for how we can respond. 

Prophetic Witnesses Against Racism:  In the history of the United States we have been blessed with the courageous witness of many clerics, religious women and men and lay persons, who, when facing the cold reality of racism, injustice, and violent disregard for fellow human beings, responded by prophetically calling out the sin of racism and reminding everyone that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. In our time the challenge remains. In our thoughts, words, and actions, we must continue the prophetic witness of Jesus by uplifting the dignity of each person, regardless of the color of their skin, their sex, or place of origin. All Catholic Christians, as disciples of Jesus Christ, are called to treat every human person with dignity and respect, and to love one’s neighbor as one’s self. All of us – laity, consecrated, and ordained – are called to follow Christ’s prayer that “All may be One.”

(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Responding to the Sin of Racism, 2017)

Walking in Darkness: Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall. Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes (1 John 2:10-11). Scripture teaches us that every human being is made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:27), which means that every one of us shares the same human nature and thus the same dignity (Gal. 3:28). Because we are all created equal and share a common dignity, the Church can courageously proclaim: “Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design” (Gaudium et Spes, 29). When we walk in the sin of racism, we are walking in darkness. We are blind to our brothers and sisters who are suffering. But we are called to walk in the light by walking with those who suffer and by recognizing that through Christ we are all equal and loved by God. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Responding to the Sin of Racism, 2017)

Dr. Martin Luther King Day is a good time to reflect on how racism is so much a part of our nation that it can go unnoticed.  The Catholic Bishops of the United States Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty states in their document, Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, that “During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Americans shone the light of the Gospel on a dark history of slavery, segregation, and racial bigotry. The civil rights movement was an essentially religious movement, a call to awaken consciences, not only an appeal to the Constitution for America to honor its heritage of liberty.” As we honor the great Martin Luther King tomorrow, consider these questions:

  • Do I hear security announcements when I enter a store where I don’t usually shop?
  • Am I often stopped by police for questionable/minor violations?
  • Do I feel my children are getting an inferior education? 
  • Do I sense that the air in my neighborhood and the water from my tap are polluted?

African Americans are very likely to answer yes to at least one of these questions. Our challenge is to become more mindful of racial injustice in our society. In Dr. King’s words, “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”

Ideas for Prayers of the Faithful from the USCCB

  • For the courage to have difficult conversations about racism, and for a better appreciation of how our words and actions – or even our silence – can impact our communities, let us pray to the Lord.
  • For an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, deadly weapons, or cold indifference. May our homes, our nation, and countries around the world become havens of peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Hymn recommendations

  • We Shall Overcome (297 in the Lead Me, Guide Me hymnal)   this can be done with a cantor just leading first phrases
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing (291 Lead Me, Guide Me hymnal)

For additional information on resources regarding racism, racial justice, and the USCCB pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts: An Enduring Call to Love, go to http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/index.cfm

For additional information on Responding the Sin of Racism, go to http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/african-american/resources/upload/Responding-to-the-Sin-of-Racism-USCCB-Resource.pdf


CATHOLIC CEMETERIES ASSOCIATION

Expanded Monthly Grief Support
Catholic Cemeteries Association grief support groups will meet on Sunday January 19th at 3:00 p.m. at the following locations: Saint Joseph Cemetery, Avon (temporary trailer office); Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron (office); Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park (office); Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland (office); All Saints Cemetery, Northfield (office); and All Souls Cemetery, Chardon (office). The January topic will be ’He Makes All Things New’.  A reservation is not required, but is appreciated.  Visit our website or contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866. 

Three new Sunday Grief Support Group locations started this past Fall:  Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland (Miles Ave);  All Saints Cemetery, Northfield; All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.  

Four greatly compassionate leaders were trained to lead the Grief Support groups in these new locations.  This valuable resource is available to all in our diocese and the grieving in our communities at large.  Many people courageously walk this grief journey by themselves.  Our desire is that no one grieves alone.   We graciously accompany them on their journeys toward their new normal.

If you are interested in participating at these new Grief Support Group locations or if you would like flyers for your parish, please contact Rhonda or call 216-930-4866. 


MISCELLANEOUS

First Friday Club of Akron.  Panel of Lay Ecclesial Ministers: Patricia Batchman, Director of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office for the Diocese of Cleveland; Renée Barber, Pastoral Associate at Ss. Robert and William Parish in Euclid; Logan Feldkamp, Pastoral Minister at St. Christopher Parish in Rocky River; and Melissa Keegan, Pastoral Associate at Immaculate Conception in Akron. Friday, January 10, 2020 at Tangier Restaurant, 532 W. Market Street, Akron. More information here.

First Friday Club of Cleveland.  Bishop Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of Cleveland. Thursday, January 9, 2020 at The Marriott Cleveland Downtown at Key Tower, 127 Public Square, Cleveland. Registration table opens at 11:15 a.m. Program begins at noon. Registration and more information here.

Theology on the Rocks
Theology on the Rocks – West| Monday, January 13that 7:00 p.m. | LOCATION: VOSH, 1414 Riverside Dr., Lakewood | $12 per person | Fr. John Manning will discuss the History of the Diocese | To register and for more information click here

Workshops/Retreats

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. 

Winter Individually Directed Retreat (IDR) | Sunday, January 5, 11:00 a.m. - Sunday, January 12, 11:00 a.m. | Presented by Sr. Peggy Duffy, OSU and Fr. Matt Roche, SJ | Cost: $675

Women’s Retreat - Our Faith Legacy 2020: We remember...We celebrate...We believe! | Monday, January 13, 2:00 p.m. - Thursday, January 16, 1:00 p.m. | Presented by Fr. Tom Fanta, Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC, Sr. Jeanne Tighe, SFCC | Cost: $280. 

Discernment & Decision-Making: An Experience of Using Ignatian “Discernment of Spirits” in Daily Life. | Tuesdays: January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 10 and March 24 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presented by Patrick Cleary-Burns and Rev. Liz Nau | Cost: $105 Early Registration by December 15, 2019, $130.00 after December 15 | This JRC program is offered at Walsh Jesuit High School, 4550 Wyoga Lake Rd, Cuyahoga Falls

Exploring Mindfulness: A Pathway to Prayer and Kindness | Friday, January 17, 6:00 p.m. - Saturday, January 18, 3:00 p.m. | Presented by Sr. Kate Hine, SND and John Ropar | Cost: $105

A Retreat on Dreams: “Do Dreams have a Religious Meaning?” and “Working with Dreams” | Friday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. - Saturday, January 18, 4:00 p.m. | Presented by Sr. Janice Bachman, O.P. |Cost: $105.

January Morning Prayer for Women | Monday, January 20 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. | Led by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, S.C. | Cost: $10

Rosary Hall AA Men’s 12 Step Retreat | Prodigal Sons Welcome Home | Friday, January 31, 5:30 p.m. - Sunday, February 2, 11:00 .am. | Presented by Bob Linton and Matt Pullar | Cost: $175 


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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