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.
2020 Evening of Confession
Based on results from an e-survey of pastors taken immediately after the 2019 Evening of Confession, the diocese will continue its practice of holding a diocesan-wide evening event for the sacrament of reconciliation in 2020. The 2020 “Evening of Confession” will take place two weeks following Ash Wednesday (Ash Wednesday 2020 is on February 26) on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 pm. For your planning purposes, please hold that date and time.
Parish resources will be made available well in advance of March 11, 2020. Also, all parishes are encouraged to schedule a penance service during Lent and maintain the regular parish schedule throughout Lent.
Collection for the Holy Father
Each year, the annual Peter’s Pence Collection in support of the works of the Holy Father is held in parishes across the country. The proceeds from this collection fund emergency-relief assistance to those throughout the world who suffer from war, oppression, and natural disasters. When we contribute to this fund, we are actively living the truth in love and speaking the truth in deeds. This year’s Collection is scheduled for the weekend of 29-30 June 2019. Bulletin inserts and announcements can be found here.
Office for Worship
July 4 – Independence Day. Proper orations for Independence Day are used, with white vestments. The Gloria is sung. Readings may be of the day (LECT: # 380), or chosen from For the Country (LECT # 882-886) or from For Peace & Justice (LECT # 887-891), or any combination of these options. There is a choice of two Proper prefaces. Intercessions may be taken from the Book of Blessings # 1965: Prayer on the Occasion of the Inauguration of a Public Official, which is itself an adaptation of Archbishop John Carroll’s prayer originally composed for the inauguration of George Washington.
July 22 – Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. Proper orations for St. Mary Magdalene are used, with white vestments. The Gloria is sung. Readings are Proper (LECT # 603). (N.B. The new Preface for the feast is awaiting confirmation by the Holy See. Use Preface of Saints I or II.)
December 2019 Liturgical Calendar:
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the United States, would normally fall on Sunday, December 8th; however, since Sundays of Advent outrank this Solemnity, our observance of the Solemnity is transferred to Monday, December 9th. The obligation to attend Mass for the observance of the Solemnity does NOT transfer. All Masses on Sunday, December 8th, including evening Masses, should celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. The Vigil Mass for Immaculate Conception is omitted this year. The Optional Memorial of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, December 9th, is also omitted this year.
The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus is a holy day of obligation. Vigil Masses for the Nativity may be celebrated after 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24th (Christmas Eve). Masses celebrating the Solemnity are to be celebrated on Wednesday, December 25th.
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is a holy day 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.
Weddings within Mass may be celebrated on these Solemnities, but must use the readings and orations from the Solemnity, 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.
Society for the Propagation of the Faith
The Diocesan Mission Office has a limited number of copies of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples’ publication Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World. If you would like one (free of charge), simply call the Mission Office at 216-696-6525 x4240.
2019 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal Phonathon
Starting June 12th, previous donors will be called 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 bulletin announcements.
Contact Karen Joyce at or 216-696-6525 x1910 with questions.
2019 Catholic Stewardship Webcast Series
Join us for the July webcast, offering reflection on the spiritual meaning of money (Stewardship of Treasure). Listening could be particularly helpful for leadership in the 30+ parishes that are offering increased offertory programs this fall, providing a new lens for inviting others to support the mission of Jesus Christ. Visit the Stewardship Office to learn more about these no-cost webinars aimed to strengthen parish leadership in ministry. Remember to enter “Stewardship” (case sensitive) as the password required for registration. Webinar recordings available to registrants post session.
The Spiritual Meaning of Money - July 9
Presented by The Very Reverend Andrew Kemberling, V.F., Archdiocese of Denver
Father Kemberling is Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, author of “Making Stewardship a Way of Life: A Complete Guide for Catholic Parishes,” is a frequent speaker at stewardship conferences, and serves on the board of directors of the International Catholic Stewardship Council.
In this session, Fr. Kemberling explains how giving money to the church takes on a spiritual meaning. We will discuss the biblical roots of tithing, children's offering, and the concept of equal sacrifice.
We are the Branches: Parish Leadership Day of Respite
Our annually-hosted day of respite for parish staff and ministry leadership is scheduled Thursday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma. Our facilitator is Greg Wasinski, founder of “Let Me Be Ministries.” This promises to be renewing of your Spirit in parish ministry! Registration began May 23 or contact Terri Preskar to learn more.
Are you taking advantage of the stewardship resource aimed to help parishioners connect their faith and life in a colorful, easy to read, impactful format? One that also includes homily stewardship connections for clergy? Parishes can access this dynamic resource developed by Catholic Life & Faith at no cost! It is available in both English and Spanish!
Get ready to participate in the 2019 #weGiveCatholic, one-day giving event aimed to raise awareness and funds for your parish and/or school. In 2018, nearly $1.3M was raised by 197 Catholic organizations in a 24-hour period! Participants from 2018 are already registered and will have early access to their pages beginning June 1. Registration for new participants begins July 1. To learn more, click here or contact Linda Corcoran 216-696-6525 x1042.
Parish Festival/Carnival Listing
The diocesan website will once again create a listing of summer festivals and carnivals at our parishes. This list would be similar to the fish fry listing during lent. Parishes can submit their info HERE. This form should only be filled out by a parish staff member. Please contact Jeff Stutzman with any questions or concerns. The listing is active on the diocesan website with a link under the Events tab.
Employment of Minors
Some parishes employ minors, especially during the summer months. There are restrictions on hours of work and type of work for minors as well as documentation requirements. Please go to http://com.ohio.gov/laws, under the heading “Resources,” then “Labor Law and Documentation” to be certain you are in compliance with the Minor Labor Laws. Also, note that per our Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse, Revised 2016, minors are not permitted to work in parish offices or rectories. At this time, there is nothing in our policy prohibiting minors from doing other jobs such as landscaping, which they are typically hired for in the summer months. Note also that they must be paid through payroll.
Contact Donna Speagle, Sr. Director of Human Resources, at (216) 696-6525, ext. 8760 or with any questions.
Catholic Cemeteries Association is expanding our monthly grief support program to include groups at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland and Calvary Cemetery in Lorain and are seeking group leaders. Qualified candidates will have National Catholic Ministry of Consolation certification through the Diocese of Cleveland, a calling to serve the bereaved in our communities, and a compassionate and listening heart. Candidates will have the ability to work with diverse groups of people with varying grief needs and be beyond any significant personal grief/loss. Grief support groups meet the 3rdSunday of every month from 3-4 pm. (Group leaders arrive a half-hour early to set-up.) The grief support leaders will facilitate and guide discussions, not counsel. Support group leaders will receive a small stipend for each session led. If you are interested but cannot commit to a monthly group, we are also seeking individuals to serve as substitute group leaders at our five support group locations. We provide monthly agenda/handouts, meeting space and refreshments, and (if needed) NCMB Minister of Consolation training. All interested candidates may contact Rhonda Abrams, Bereavement Coordinator, at 216-930-4866.
Monthly Grief Support
The next grief support group meeting will be on Sunday June 23rd 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 June topic will be ‘Grief and Difficult Emotions’. No reservations required. Visit our website or contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.
The Vocation Office is planning an event called Cor et Anima - Vocation Days for the young women of the Diocese of Cleveland. This is a two part event with a day for teens and a weekend retreat for young adult women who are discerning. The goal is to accompany young women as they discern and follow the will of God in their lives through exposure to the Sacraments, prayer, a variety of religious orders, education in sound discernment principles, and creating the environment that will allow for the support of community and friendship among discerners.
Marriage and Family Office
For news about Pre-Cana days, PREP days, Cana II days, the 50thWedding Anniversary Mass, and more, visit our website.
Click HERE for Family Perspectives July 2019
PREP Marriage Skills Workshop for Married Couples
PREP offers enrichment to married couples. For more information and to register, visit our website. For questions, contact Katie at 216-334-2978.
Date & Time: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9:00am – 5:30pm (4:30pm mass)
Place: St. Raphael Parish, 525 Dover Center Rd. Bay Village, OH 44140
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NFP Week July 21-27, 2019
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother. Resources (e.g., the 2019 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 on the USCCB’s NFP Program website. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like a poster, prayer cards, or brochures, the Marriage and Family Office would love to assist you in promoting this very important teaching of the Church. Contact Kathy Patton, NFP Coordinator, at 216-334-2973 for more information.
Office for Human Life
Project Rachel offers ‘hope after abortion.’ Please consider using this image in your parish bulletin. Invitation is the key. Many women feel that abortion is the only unforgiveable sin, and need to hear an invitation. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to talk through this, please contact Peggy Gerovac, Director of Office for Human Life at 216-334-2965 or
Religious Freedom Week 2019: Strength in Hope
This year it takes place from June 22 to 29. Please use the following bulletin insert on June 9 and 16, 2019, the two Sundays before Religious Freedom Week begins, to notify Catholics about this initiative. The Religious Freedom Week logo is available in English and Spanish. The USCCB will issue a press release announcing Religious Freedom Week.
During Religious Freedom Week, Catholics are encouraged to pray and act each day for religious freedom. The Pray-Reflect-Act series aims to help Catholics build solidarity with people of faith who are persecuted abroad and find strength to carry out the mission of the Church here in the United States. Social media downloads with the prayer intention for each day of Religious Freedom Week are available. Please distribute these materials through your channels where appropriate.
To commemorate Religious Freedom Week, Bishop Perez will celebrate Mass on June 26, 2019 at 5:10 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist.
Youth & Young Adult Ministry and CYO Office
Diocesan Youth Day at Cedar Point, Tuesday, June 18, 10:00a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Open to all Middle School & High School (Grades 6-12), Youth & their families, $45 per ticket (Ages 3 and older), Children 2 & under are FREE, (The regular single day pass is $72.00 plus tax). Tickets will be sold the day of the event from 9am-Noon. Contact: Mark Delsander at 216-334-1261 x25. Download Flyer
Fanning the Flame – Mass on the Beach, Wednesday, July 17, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Huntington Beach, Bay Village
Dinner, Fellowship, Fun and Mass for high school aged youth. Suggested donation: $5.00 per person. For more information, please contact Jackie Vigneault, 330-379-3636 x15.
CYA @ The Park, Friday, July 19, 5:00-9:30 p.m., Lakewood Park, Lakewood
A fundraiser and friendraiser for Coalition with Young Adults. Tickets are $10 - any additional donation is greatly appreciated! Good Food - New and Old Friends - Sports and Games - Music - Prayer at Sunset on the Lake. Click here for tickets: Contact: Christina Hannon, 330-592-0649.
Holy Fire Great Lakes, Sunday, 13 October 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Bowling Green State University
Dynamic one-day faith event for middle school youth (grades 6-8). Tickets: $35/person till July 14. Click here for more information. Contact: Mark Delsander at 216-334-1261 x25.
44th Annual Girls’ Religious Programs Mass, Sunday, 20 October 2019, St. John Cathedral
A Catholic Sunday Liturgy for Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls and their families. Presider: Most Reverend Roger Gries; Homilist: Rev. Bob Stec; Mass at 2:30 pm; Social following the Mass. Mass help needed. FREE parking in the Cathedral Garage. For more information, please click here or contact: Mark Delsander at 216-334-1261 x25.
First Friday Clubs
First Friday Club of Cleveland. Latino Catholicism and the Unwritten Future of the Catholic Church in the U.S. with Peter Casarella, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame. Thursday, June 6, 2019 at The City Club Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd floor, Cleveland. Registration table and lunch buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon. Registration and more information available here .
First Friday Club of Greater Akron. How did Catholic radio make it onto the Cleveland airwaves & what does the “new evangelization” really mean, anyway? with Jerry Monroe, Co-Founder of AM 1260 “The Rock”. Friday June 7, 2019 at Tangier Restaurant, 532 W. Market St., Akron. More information here .
Theology on the Rocks
Theology on the Rocks – West - For adults 40 and over. Managing the Rocky Roads of an Adult Faith with Dr. Shelia E. McGinn, Professor and Chair of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University. Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Copper Cup (Ironwood Café) 680 Dover Center Road, Westlake. $10 (pay at the door) includes appetizers. Cash bar. Regisitration and more information click here or email.
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart Diocesan Center will have the annual Mass of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 7 p.m. June 28th at St. Therese Church, 5276 E. 105th Street, Garfield Heights. Fr. Eric Orzech will be the Celebrant. All are invited to attend this special Mass on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to make public reparation to the Sacred Heart. Call Donna 440-232-7725 or Marlene 216-447-9375 for more information.
WORLDPRIEST: 10th Annual Global Rosary for the Sanctification of Priests, Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12 noon. Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Road, Euclid, Ohio 44117. Come and pray the rosary, unite with our country, help encircle the world in prayer for our priests.
The FEST 2019
FEST 2019 is fast approaching, a day of faith – family – fun – all for FREE! There is something for everyone at The FEST – incredible live music (Jordan Feliz, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Casting Crowns), opportunities for prayer and reflection, delicious food, amazing displays/activities, and FREE giveaways! Help us spread the word – our team would love to come to your weekend Masses and speak for a couple minutes to invite your parishioners to join us for this great day. Click here or call 440.943.7662 to schedule a speaker.
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.
Retreat for Women Religious: Witnessing to Hope - Our Challenge in Difficult Times. Presented by Patrick Cleary-Burns and Fr. Matt Roche, SJ. Monday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. – Friday, June 7, 1:00 p.m. Cost: $400.
June Morning Prayer for Women. Led by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, S.C. Monday, June 17. 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Cost of: $8 includes coffee and pastry.
30-Day Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR). Monday, June 17, 5:00 p.m. – Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 p.m. Spiritual Directors: Fr. Matt Roche, SJ and Patrick Cleary-Burns. Cost of $2,500 includes room, board and director’s stipend.
Creative Expression and Spiritual Development. Friday, June 21, 6:00 p.m. – Saturday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. Presented by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC and Barbara Hubbell. Cost: $135.
Weekend Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR). Friday, June 21, 5:00 p.m. – Sunday, June 23, 1:00 p.m. Spiritual Directors: Sr. Mary Ann Burke, SND, Rev. Mike Feldtz, Rev. Liz Nau, Fr. Matt Roche, SJ, Nancy Rowell and Sr. Mary Ann Spangler, HM. Cost: $275.
8-Day Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR). Friday, June 21, 5:00pm – Friday, June 28, 1:00pm. Spiritual Directors: Sr. Mary Ann Burke, SND, Rev. Mike Feldtz, Rev. Liz Nau, Fr. Matt Roche, SJ, Nancy Rowell and Sr. Mary Ann Spangler, HM. Cost: $675.
8-Day Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR). Sunday, June 30, 5:00pm - Sunday, July 7, 1:00pm. Spiritual Directors: Patrick Cleary-Burns, Sr. Peggy Duffy, OSU, Rev. Mike Feldtz, Rev. Liz Nau and Fr. Matt Roche, SJ. Cost: $675.
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Flyers which may be of interest to readers of the Diocesan Memorandum may be found HERE.
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