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Diocesan Memorandum

July, 2020 | Vol. 54, no. 7 | Prot. No. C-34/2020

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 DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass remains in effect until further notice. The period of time in which to fulfil the obligation to receive Holy Communion annually has been extended by one year from the end of the Easter Season, 2020.

Parishes have been able to resume public celebration of the liturgy from May 25, according to the judgment of the pastor. The latest guidelines for the manner of public celebration are given on the Diocesan website, which are to be applied according to the pastor’s prudent discretion.

Office for Worship

All public liturgies celebrated in the Diocese of Cleveland should adhere to the liturgical and sacramental guidelines for liturgy during the pandemic posted on the diocesan Forward with Christ website.

‘How long, O Lord?’
Many have asked how long the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on liturgical options will last.  The truthful answer is ‘We do not know.’  The scientific community continues to remind us that the pandemic is not ‘over,’ and that restrictions such as wearing masks and avoiding crowds are the best actions towards ending the pandemic.  The Diocese is committed to respecting life in all its stages, solidarity, promoting the common good, and the safety and well-being of all the faithful.  All recommendations on liturgical adjustment during the pandemic are to be understood as aligning with these core values.

August 2020 Liturgical Calendar:
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  Whenever the Solemnity of the Assumption falls on a Saturday, the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated (lifted) – thus, there is no Mass attendance obligation associated with this holy day this year.  Vigil Masses for the Assumption may be celebrated after 4:00 pm on Friday, August 14th.  Masses before 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 15th should be for the Solemnity; Masses after 4:00 pm on August 15th should anticipate the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 

Weddings Within Mass may be celebrated before 4:00 pm on August 15th, but must use the readings and orations from the Solemnity of the Assumption, rather than from the Wedding Ritual Mass, with minor exceptions.  Please reference this online chart for the pattern of a Wedding Within the Mass of the Day.  Wedding Ritual Masses or Weddings within the Mass of the Day (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time) may be celebrated after 4:00 pm on August 15th.

January 2021 Liturgical Calendar
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, celebrated on Friday, January 1st, is a holyday of obligation.  This Solemnity coincides with the diocesan World Day of Prayer for Justice and Peace.

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 Friday, January 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. 

The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 24, 2021, has been declared by Pope Francis to be the Sunday of the Word of God.  In the Motu proprio Aperuit illis, issued September 30, 2019, Pope Francis declared that “the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God.”  The full text may be read on the Vatican’s website.

Office of the Chancellor

Status Animarum 2019-20209
The reporting period for the Status Animarum for 2019-2020 is approaching. The online report will be available beginning 31 July 2020. An email will be sent to your Diocesan email account in late July with detailed instructions on completing the report. Please note the instructions regarding the demographic section changed last year.  If you have any questions please refer them to the Status Animarum Team at the 216-696-6525 x2110 or statusanimarum@dioceseofcleveland.org.

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal

Catholic Charities Annual Appeal Phonathon – Calls continue to be made to parishioners 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.

Parishes can go to www.CatholicCommunity.org/parishmaterials for updated parish statistics and bulletin announcements. Contact Karen Joyce, 216-696-6525 x1910 or Sarah Yantek at x1049, with questions or for additional information.

#WEGIVECATHOLIC
Registration for #weGiveCatholic 2020 is Now Open

The Diocesan-wide Day of Catholic Giving, which will take place on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. #weGiveCatholic is aimed at raising awareness and funds for your parish and/or school.  In 2019, more than $1.8M was raised by 229 Catholic organizations in just 24 hours! Participants from 2019 have already been registered for 2020. New participants can register now at www.wegivecatholic.org or contact Linda Corcoran 216-696-6525 x1042.

Emergency Response Fund
The purpose of this fund is to assist pastors in immediately being able to help families and individuals in the parish community who ask for financial assistance to purchase food, pay their rent, fill their prescriptions or pay utility bills. Pastors can begin the simple application process at www.catholiccommunity.org/fund-application. Applications will be reviewed weekly. If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Rigo, 216-696-6525 x4080.

Bulletin/Email Announcement for the Universal Offertory Program
You can now make your offertory donation to our parish using a secure online link set up by the Catholic Community Foundation. All monies will be directed to our parish. To make your online donation, go to www.catholiccommunity.org/offertory and select our Parish Name from the dropdown menu.  Please consider giving an amount that is equal to or exceeds your monthly offertory contributions. Your generosity is needed - and appreciated - now more than ever.

PARISH LIFE AND DEVELOPMENT

Ministry to African American Catholics

On June 4, 2020, the Office of Ministry to African American Catholics facilitated a discussion on the death of George Floyd and the aftermath on the African American community. The discussion can be viewed here. This discussion is the first in a series of discussions about race and the Church from a pastoral and catechetical perspective. For further information, please contact Mr. Cary Dabney .

Also, subscribe to our new monthly newsletter, “The Village Drum” and learn more about what is happening within the African American Catholic community in our diocese and across the U.S. Check out our latest issue here.

Office for Protection of Children & Youth

Guidelines for returning to Live VIRTUS training sessions can be found here under “Related Information and Resources.”

Hispanic Ministry

The first online course of the Biblical Studies formation program began on June 6. It's not too late to sign up. The next course begins July 1. For more information and to register, please contact Misael Mayorga.

Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated

When COVID 19 struck, the men of the Grafton Correctional Institution responded! Beginning in April, a group of men at the Grafton Correctional Institution (GCI) began producing colorful cotton masks for the employees, volunteers and residents of our Catholic Charities agencies. This project is an expression of their desire to provide community service and connection during the virus. As of June 7, 2020, they had completed over 12,000 masks—each sanitized and distributed to protect employees and those they serve over our eight-county diocese. Many of those masks are accompanied by a handmade card promising prayer and thoughts during this difficult time.

As the men and GCI express their gratitude for this opportunity to help, we thank them for the tremendous gift they have given to so many—a gift that expresses their care and understanding of what it means to be isolated during this vulnerable time!

Interfaith Office

In response to the death of George Floyd and its aftermath, the religious leaders of Northeast Ohio have created an ecumenical and interfaith prayer service video. Click here to view this moving prayer experience.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office

The annual Lay Ecclesial Ministry Retreat, “Called to Communion with God and Others: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi” with Mary Pat Frey, on July 17 & 18 will be offered on-line as a 24-hour virtual retreat in response to the coronavirus crisis, including small group discussions and reflection opportunities. Please invite co-workers and volunteers to participate in this retreat.  See the attached flyer for details. Registration is available here.

Diocesan Lay Ecclesial Ministry Certification: Formation for Service. To learn about the Diocesan Certification Process, including the educational and formational components and to discern if God is calling you to this formation process, contact Pattie Batchman at 440-943-7669.

Marriage & Family Ministry

The 50th Anniversary of Marriage Mass is currently scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 10:00 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are exploring other options, including a live-stream only event. More information will be sent by office memo from the Office for Marriage and Family to parishes by early July, including information on registration and further instructions. If you have questions, please contact Jason Lewis at 216-696-6525 ext. 2324.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office for Worship and the Office for Marriage and Family will move most Pastoral Care of the Sick formation sessions for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to an on-line format. Registration will continue to be handled through Eventbrite using the registration link and password emailed to parishes and pastors by the Office for Worship. We are not able to accept walk-in registrations at this time. Registration will now be open until the day before each session.  While the sessions themselves will be held on-line instead of at a parish, the previously scheduled dates and times for the sessions will remain the same. Ministers in formation in the Ministry of Care and Compassion program sponsored by the Office for Marriage and Family will need to register for one of these sessions.  We are still working out details and ask for your continued patience. If you have any questions pertinent to this ministry or questions regarding registration, please contact Jeanne Marie Miles or Amy Cramer in the Office for Worship.  For content questions or for those in the Ministry of Care and Compassion program, please contact Jason Lewis in the Office for Marriage and Family. 

NFP Awareness Week - July 19-25, 2020
This year’s theme, “Live the truth and beauty of God’s plan for married love” honors the legacy of Humanae vitae. We are invited to reflect on our openness to God’s plan for married love and responsible parenthood, celebrating how “it’s about love, it’s about life, it’s about freedom, it’s about gift”. The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 19-25, 2020) annually highlight the anniversary of Humanae vitae (July 25) as well as the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother. Resources (e.g., the 2020 NFP Week poster, web banners, prayers, homily notes, bulletin inserts, etc.) and ideas for celebrating and promoting NFP Awareness Week in your area can be found in both English and Spanish on the USCCB’s NFP program website. For more information, contact nfp@usccb.org.

Office of Missionary Discipleship

The Office of Missionary Discipleship is organizing bi-weekly virtual networking and collaboration sessions on evangelization efforts in parishes for ecclesial leaders throughout the Diocese. The next gathering will be Friday, July 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Topics and information on how to join the session can be found here.

Youth and Young Adult Office

Dobie Moser and Mark Delsander will be leaving the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry on June 30, 2020. We thank both of them for their service to our parishes in guiding our young people in their formation as faith-filled, generous and vibrant members of our church and society.

Dr. Dobie Moser, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and CYO for the Diocese of Cleveland, is leaving his current position and moving full time to Catholic Charities on July 1, 2020. This transition includes an increase in Dobie’s role and responsibilities with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) in Catholic Charities. Dobie has served in his present position in our diocese for 25 years, during which time he has provided outstanding leadership and guidance in the development of one of the finest Youth and Young Adult Programs in the country. We thank him for the very positive impact he has had on the formation of our Youth Ministers and the youth and young adults of our Diocese.

Mark Delsander is leaving his position as a Youth and Young Adult Ministry Specialist for the Diocese of Cleveland at the end of June, 2020. Mark has served parishes, youth, and young adults in the diocese in many ways during his 32-year tenure. His efforts in ministry through many programs – youth conferences, NCYC, Boy Scouts and Girls Religious programs, the youth coming from various ethnic communities – have been very significant. We thank Mark especially for the love, faith, and generous spirit which has been characteristic of his ministry.

Both men have expressed their gratitude especially to those they have ministered with over the years, describing the experience as both life enriching and changing; and expressing their gratitude to all. Please join us now in prayer for God’s continued guidance and blessing on their futures.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Disability Services

Virtual Summer Camp for children and young adults with disabilities
Considering the impact of COVID-19, Catholic Charities Disability Services made the decision to cancel the 2020 in-person Camp Happiness and offer instead a Virtual Camp program. Virtual Camp Happiness will be held Monday to Thursday each week from July 6thto July 30, daily on ZOOM from 9:45-11am. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in morning circle and an interactive activity. Campers will receive an activity kit with materials like paper, glue, paint, brushes, drums and shakers and so much more. Campers will also have access to pre-recorded videos for more activities and have the opportunity to go on virtual field trips. If you’d like more information you can email Lauren Mailey or call 216-334-2963. You can also find information on our website.

Diocesan Social Action Office

The Catholic Commission of Cuyahoga County has announced its annual award recipients for 2020.  The awardees were chosen for the reason that they demonstrated a strong and active commitment to the concept of social justice in harmony with biblical values and is a positive force for systemic change through community or church, organizing and education, legislative involvement, and personal example.

Bishop Clarence G. Issenmann Award: Chris Knestrick is the Executive Director for the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. For over 15 years, he has shown a commitment to providing outreach to and advocacy for the unsheltered and advocacy in our communities.

Harry Fagan Organizational Award: Renee Jones Empowerment Center is dedicated to working with vulnerable people who have been trafficked and focusing its efforts on advocacy and support for their urgent and unique needs.

Sister Kathleen Ryan Youth Justice Award: Chloe Becker, a 2020 graduate of Magnificat High School, created a mural celebrating black saints and leaders in the Catholic Church in response to the USCCB Pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts, a Pastoral Letter on Racism. She used members of the St. Adalbert community as her models.  The project was her Agape Experiment, which is a Theology research based approach to make the world more loving and just.

Faithful Servant Awards:

Cathey Ullom, Cathedral of St John the Evangelist has dedicated years of service to the homeless and poor in the St. John Community and at the Bishop Cosgrove Center on the near East side. She organizes an annual Easter meal that includes providing Easter baskets for the children who attend.

Alex Spenik, St. Mary Seminary, has given his time to being in solidarity and walking with immigrants by attending hearings with them and visiting them in detention centers as they await their hearings. He has also travelled with Catholic Relief Services and Diocesan missions to Latin America.

The awards will be presented at the June 2021 Peace and Justice Awards Luncheon. Sponsorships are available to help support the programming for the Catholic Commission of Cuyahoga County and the Diocesan Social Action Office. Donations can be made online  or by mailing to Diocesan Social Action Office, Catholic Charities Corporation, 7911 Detroit Ave, Cleveland OH 44102.

Racial Justice Resources:

There are many Catholic educational and parish resources available on racial justice at the USCCB Combatting Racism website and at https://www.wearesaltandlight.org/.  It includes the Open Wide Our Hearts Pastoral Letter, prayer services, study guides and more.  The Diocesan Social Action Office is available to help parishes and communities arrange opportunities for sacred listening and dialogue.  Contact Diane Zbasnik, Director, DSAO at 216-939-3843

CATHOLIC CEMETERIES ASSOCIATION

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

Monthly Sunday Grief Support July 19th:
Catholic Cemeteries Association continues with in-office grief support groups on July 19th with limited seating.  We will meet 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);
and All Souls Cemetery, Chardon (office). 

Meeting sites will be sanitized and seating will be arranged so everyone is at a safe distance.  Participants are requested to RSVP so we can plan appropriate social distancing at each location.  We recommend that participants wear protective masks.   The July topic is “Taking Care of Yourself while Grieving”.  To RSVP or for questions, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866. 

MISCELLANEOUS

FEST 2020
We are excited and blessed to announce that FEST 2020 is not cancelled! Instead, it will come to you ‘live’ from the comfort of your own home. We will be streaming FEST day with messages of faith and inspiration, songs from national Christian bands and so much more. We will have an engaging and interactive website where you will be able to experience and do all the things you love to do on FEST day - from crafts and activities to sponsor bags and more. Visit www.theFEST.us for more info!

First Friday Club of Cleveland
Margaret W. Wong, managing partner of Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, was scheduled to be the speaker at our June FFCC meeting. Ms. Wong has more than 40 years of experience in immigration and nationality law and is a civic leader who educates and inspires others. We are grateful that Ms. Wong took some time to share her thoughts on what she had planned on presenting at the June meeting. We look forward to rescheduling Ms. Wong’s presentation when we are able to gather again at The City Club.  To view Ms. Wong’s message, click on the link below. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

STAY CONNECTED: We invite you to visit our website to access our video gallery  of previously recorded luncheons.  Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Firstfridayclubofcleveland/

Workshops/Retreats

Jesuit Retreat Center Programs, 5629 State Road, Parma, Ohio 44134

For more information on the programs listed below, please visit our website or call 440-884-9300. 

Weekend Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR) | Friday, July 3, 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, July 5, 1:00 p.m. | Cost: $275

8-Day Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR) | Monday, July 6, 5:00 p.m. - Monday, July 13, 1:00 p.m. | Cost: $695

Weekend Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR) | Friday, July 10, 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, July 12, 1:00 p.m. | Cost: $275

More Creative Expression for Spiritual Growth | Friday, July 10, 6:00 p.m. - Saturday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. | Presented by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC and Barbara Hubbell | Cost: $140 (includes a $20 art supply fee)

July Pre-Baptism Class for Parents | Monday, July 13, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Cost: $20 per couple

July Morning Prayer for Women | Monday, July 20, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. | Presented by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC | Cost: $10

Cinema and Conversation: Just Mercy | Monday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. | Cost: Free Will Offering

Weekend Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR) | Friday, July 24, 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, July 26, 1:00 p.m. | Cost: $275

8-Day Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR) | Friday, July 24, 5:00 p.m. - Friday, July 31, 1:00 p.m. | Cost: $695

Ignatius in the Meadow: Featuring Live Music from The Clams | Friday, July 31, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Cost: Free Will Offering

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 Ann Marie Perkins by the 15th of the preceding month. Guidelines for submissions are available here.

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