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Diocesan Memorandum

July, 2019 | Vol. 53, no. 7 | Prot. No. C-36/2019

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.


Release of list of clergy accused of sexual abuse of a child
Since April of 2002 the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has published on its website the names of those clerics who were removed from ministry from 2002 through the present as a result of the sexual abuse of a child. At Bishop Perez’s direction, this information has now been compiled in a list format and updated to include the names of additional diocesan clerics who were removed from ministry as a result of sexual abuse of a child or who is already deceased or no longer in ministry for any reason and against whom have been made substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse.

The new names of diocesan clerics were added after the diocese concluded, based on the evidence available to it, that the allegations were more likely than not to be true. In compiling this updated information, the diocese reviewed all known allegations regardless of how long ago the alleged abuse occurred or whether the cleric was alive or deceased. 

While the updating of this information is certainly an occasion of profound sadness, inasmuch as it reminds us of the great harm experienced as a result of sexual abuse, may it also be an occasion for healing and a step towards restoring trust in the Church.

You can access the list HERE.

Reporting change for the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Office for Marriage and Family Life
In an effort to ensure the pastoral work of the Church is properly aligned within the diocesan Secretariat for Parish Life and Development, I have directed that the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and the Office for Marriage and Family Ministry will report to and be supervised by the diocesan Parish Life Secretariat, effective July 1, 2019. The CYO Athletics Office will remain under the direction of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.

Office for Worship 

August 2019 Reminders:
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a holyday of obligation.  A Vigil Mass for the Assumption may be celebrated Wednesday, August 14th after 4:00 p.m.  Masses celebrating the Solemnity are to be celebrated on Thursday, August 15th.  

January 2020 Liturgical Calendar:
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is a holyday of obligation.  Vigil Masses for the Solemnity may be celebrated after 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve).  Masses celebrating the Solemnity are to be celebrated on Wednesday, January 1st. 

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God coincides with the CDC/World Day of Prayer for Justice and Peace. The USCCB publication Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers includes options for household prayers for peace in the New Year (pgs. 85-87).

The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord is celebrated on Sunday, January 5, 2020.  Where it is the practice, if appropriate, the moveable feasts of 2020 may be proclaimed after the Gospel, according to the formula given in the Roman Missal.  Further information on this practice may found on the USCCB on moveable feast proclamation.

The Christmas season, especially the feast of the Epiphany, is a traditional time when homes of the faithful may be blessed. The “Order for the Blessing of Homes” (BB 1597-1621, see also USCCB on the Blessing of Homesmay be celebrated by a priest, deacon, lay minister, or family.  Although this order of blessing no longer includes the practice of marking the lintels of the doors in chalk with the sign of the cross, the letters “C,” “M,” “B,” and the year, this practice, where customary, is not prohibited.

Weddings within the Mass of the Day may be celebrated on these Solemnities.  Please reference this chart for more information.

The diocesan Mass for Life, which coincides with the United States Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.  Registration for school or parish groups is suggested to secure reserved seating.  Information on registration will be sent out closer to the event via your parish’s or school’s diocesan email account.

Liturgical Catechesis Notes – Perpetual Adoration vs Perpetual Exposition
It has been observed that some parishes in the diocese seem to be confused about the differences between Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  All parishes should be open to the faithful for some period of time each day for adoration before the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle (canon 937); however, this is not the same as exposition. Some key points regarding exposition:

  • Exposition takes place with a monstrance or ciborium placed on the altar; exposition does not take place within an open tabernacle.
  • Exposition should be attended by at least two adorers at all times. There must absolutely never be periods when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a monstrance or ciborium on the altar and there is no one present for adoration. (Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament)
  • Exposition may not be casually or temporarily interrupted – if interruption must take place, it must be at previously scheduled times, and these may not be scheduled more than twice in a 24-hour period. (Order for the Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist, no. 12)
  • Covering the monstrance or ciborium with a cloth or drape to temporarily interrupt exposition is not foreseen by the Church, and is prohibited. (Thirty-One Questions on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: A Resource of the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy (2004), no. 24)

For more information, please consult the USCCB website on Perpetual Exposition, the USCCB handbook Thirty-One Questions on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, or the LTP publication Guide to Celebrating: Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass.

Office of the Chancellor

Status Animarum 2018-2019
The reporting period for the Status Animarum for 2018-2019 is approaching. The online report will be available beginning 31 July 2019. An email will be sent to your Diocesan email  account in late July with detailed instructions on completing the report. If you have any questions please refer them to the Status Animarum Team at the 216-696-6525 x2110 or via email. Thank you for your assistance with this important project!


2019 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal Phonathon
Calling continues to previous donors asking for support for this year’s annual appeal. For homes with caller ID, the number of the call is 216-696-6525. Last year nearly $200,000 was raised by phone. 

Click here for updated parish stats and Appeal information. Contact Karen Joyce at 216-696-6525 x1910 with questions. 


Please join us for the We are the Branches: Parish Leadership Day of Respite, Thursday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (includes lunch) at the Jesuit Retreat Center. All are welcome.

2019 Catholic Stewardship Webcast Series
Sharing Time, Talent and Treasure Between and Among ParishesAugust 13, presented by Mark Mogilka, director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services, Diocese of Green Bay. Today, across the US at least 40% of all Catholic Parishes share a pastor with at least one other parish.  More parishes are being grouped together and challenged to work together.  A major challenge is how to foster inter-parish cooperation and collaboration.  This webinar will look at practical ways in which stewardship, the affirmation of gifts and sharing time talent and treasure can be a powerful tool to help foster inter-parish cooperation and collaboration.

Lunch & Learn – September 19 | noon – 1:30pm | St. Victor Parish, Richfield
Join us to learn how the Catholic Community Foundation lends resources and expertise aimed to strengthen your parish’s financial health. From stewardship, to legacy giving, to crowdfunding and weGiveCatholic, to electronic giving, and more. As a steward of the Church, please join us for lunch with fellow colleagues, and tips that could lead to improvement in your parish’s financial health. To learn more, visit or contact Terri Preskar at 216-696-6525 | 800-869-6525, ext. 5090.


Registration for #weGiveCatholic 2019 is Now Open
Be part of this Diocesan-wide Day of Catholic Giving, which will take place on #Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. #weGiveCatholic is aimed at raising awareness and funds for your parish and/or school.  In 2018, nearly $1.3M was raised by 197 Catholic organizations in just 24-hours. Participants from 2018 have already been registered for 2019. New participants can register beginning July 1. Click here to learn more or contact Linda Corcoran 216-696-6525 x1042.


Tax-wise gifting from your IRA
If you are 70½ or older, you may be able to reduce your taxable income this year with a gift made directly from your IRA to a qualified charity such as our parish. Your accountant or IRA administrator can help you understand how the IRA Charitable Rollover works and the particular steps you can take to lower your taxes and help PARISH NAME. Questions?  Contact XXX in our parish office at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or via email at ________.  You can also learn more here or contacting Sandy Lucas of the Catholic Community Foundation at 216-696-6525 x1640.


The diocesan Department of Communications, with the help of a team of people from other key diocesan departments and secretariats, has finalized production of the 2019-2020 printed, Diocesan Catholic Directory. Printed 2019-2020 Catholic directories will be available after July 31, 2019. The cost per copy will remain the same at $20. Due to printing expenses and postage costs, there will be no complimentary copies provided to parishes. You can order your 2019-2020 printed Diocesan Catholic Directory by downloading and filling out the form, sent along with your payment.

Remember that the online version of the Catholic Directory is updated monthly. It is searchable using the Ctrl + “F” keys on your keyboard. It is downloadable and printable. Your use of the online version is encouraged. Please direct questions to Sally Benninger at 216-696-6525 ext. 3130.


Marriage and Family Office 

We’re in transition; our office is excited to join the Parish Life Secretariat this month; (see announcement under Office of the Bishop, above). While we have not yet physically moved to the diocesan office building at 1404 East 9th Street, our website and emails will soon be changing. You will be redirected to our new email addresses when using our former Catholic Charities website and email addresses. You can still reach us by the same phone numbers, the office main line being (216) 334-2978.

For news about Pre-Cana days, PREP days, Cana II days, the 50thWedding Anniversary Mass, and more, visit our website .

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Mass Reminder: This Jubilee Mass with Bishop Perez is scheduled for Saturday October 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (NB this is a change from the usual July date). Online registration is now available. Contact Jason Lewis at or call 216-334-2974.

Visit with practical advice and resources for engaged couples, married couples, parents and those who minister to them.  

Click HERE for Family Perspectives August 2019


Monthly Grief Support
The next grief support group meeting will be on Sunday July 21st 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 July topic will be ‘Journaling and Grief’. No reservations required. Visit our website or contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.


Catholic Campaign for Human Development

2019-2020 CCHD Local Grant Awards
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) works to change the structures and systems that keep people in poverty.  The generosity of parishioners and donors throughout the Diocese of Cleveland make it possible to award local grants through CCHD, which empower people to build better communities, alleviate poverty and promote the values of Catholic Social Teaching. 

Local Grants totaling almost $20,000 have been awarded for projects in the areas of Youth and Young Adult and Community Grants, along with the Fr. Fallon Award.                

The grantees are listed with summaries of the projects HERE.

Ann Clark, CCHD Diocesan Director, 216-939-3841.


Friends of Saint Elizabeth’s Summer Dinner - July 14, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Church, 9016 Buckeye Road, Cleveland at 12:30 p.m. Please click here for a bulletin insert.

The FEST is on Sunday, August 4th from 12noon to 10:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership (including an inspiring outdoor Mass at 8pm with Bishop Perez). Join us for a great day of faith, family, and fun – all for FREE. It truly is the highlight of the summer as we celebrate the faith that is passed down through the generations – please invite your parishioners to join us! Click here for event details. Questions? Call 440-943-7662 or email.

St. Vincent de Paul Society Sets the 2019 Dates for the Annual Blanket Sunday Drive
This year, SVDP will undertake its 32ndannual Blanket Sunday collection on October 5th and 6th. Because we encourage monetary donations only, there will be no collection sites for material donations on Blanket Sunday. SVDP will provide collection envelopes to those parishes who need them.


Loyola Retreat House & Heart to Heart present Being Truly Alive: What the Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Living Fully, Simply and with Meaning, on June 15-16.  This retreat will be conducted by award-winning author Judith Valente.  For more information or to register please click here visit or call 330.896.2315. 

Loyola Retreat House presents Encounter with Silence, a week of radical Gospel spirituality directed by Fr. Neil Walters, July 7 -13. A wonderful retreat for those whose spiritual life is more than just a hobby. This retreat is open to everyone.  For more information or to register please click here visit or call 330.896.2315. 

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. 

Weekend Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR). Friday, July 5, 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, July 7, 1:00 p.m. Spiritual Directors: Martha Campbell, Rev. Mike Feldtz, Fr. Matt Roche, SJ and Sr. Mary Ann Spangler, HM. Cost: $275.

8-Day Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR). Monday, July 8, 5:00 p.m. - Monday, July 15, 1:00 p.m.. Spiritual Directors: Sr. Peggy Duffy, OSU, Rev. Mike Feldtz, Fr. Matt Roche, SJ and Nancy Rowell. Cost: $675.

Courage To Teach: Renewing Your Heart as an Educator. Friday, July 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. - Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:00 p.m. Presented by Tony Vento, Alyssa Conklin-Moore, Dr. Deborah Gries Zawislan. Cost: See registration page for more info.

Ignatian Yoga. Thursday, July 18 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Bring your mat, some water and join Bobby Karle, SJ for an evening of Ignatian Yoga at the Jesuit Retreat Center. Cost: $30.

July Pre-Baptism Class for Parents. Tuesday, July 23 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. This class is for parents seeking to have their infants baptized into the Catholic faith. This class meets Sacramental preparation requirements of the Diocese of Cleveland. Please check with your parish to make arrangements for baptism. The evening includes reflection on the meaning of Baptism, hallmarks of the Sacrament, and the role of parents and godparents in raising children with faith. Cost: $20/couple.

Ignatius in the Meadow, Featuring Live Music from The ClamsSunday, July 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Come, celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius on our beautiful grounds. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, food, friends and family for a Sunday evening of live popular music by The Clams, fronted by Tina Facca-Miess, and fun activities like trivia, ladder ball, cornhole, and giant Jenga! Cost: Free Will Offering.

The Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola Eucharistic Liturgy. Wednesday, July 31 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. With Fr. Matt Roche, SJ. Join us for Mass on the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. No cost.

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.

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

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

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

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