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Diocesan Memorandum

June, 2020 | Vol. 54, no. 6 | Prot. No. C-28/2020

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.


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

July 2020 Liturgical Calendar:
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 and 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). The newly approved English translation of the Proper Preface for the Apostle to the Apostles is found on the USCCB website.

December 2020 Liturgical Calendar
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on Tuesday, December 8, and is a holy day of obligation. Vigil Masses for the Solemnity may be celebrated after 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 7.

The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus (Christmas) is celebrated on Friday, December 25, and is a holyday of obligation. Vigil Masses for the Solemnity may be celebrated after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24.

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is celebrated on Wednesday, January 1st, and is a holyday of obligation. Vigil Masses for the Solemnity may be celebrated after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31.

Weddings within Mass may be celebrated on these Solemnities.  Please reference this online chart for the pattern of a Wedding Within the Mass of the Day.


2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal

Though we are many, we are one in Christ – Catholic Charities continues its work on the front lines to serve those most in need through a system of programs and services that have adapted to meet the new guidelines. Know that our priests and parishioners are in our thoughts and prayers and we all look forward to you getting back into our churches.

Catholic Charities Annual Appeal Phonathon - Starting 15 June, previous Appeal 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.

Parishes can go to for updated parish stats and bulletin announcements.  Contact Karen Joyce, 216-696-6525 x1910 or Sarah Yantek at x1049, for additional information.

#weGiveCatholic Registration

Get ready to participate in the 2020 #weGiveCatholic, one-day giving event aimed to raise awareness and funds for your parish and/or school.  In 2019, more than $1.8M was raised by 218 Catholic organizations in just 24-hours! Participants from 2019 are already registered and will have early access to their pages beginning 15 June. Registration for new participants begins 1 July. To learn more, visit and contact Linda Corcoran 216-696-6525 x1042.


Applications for the Sandra S. and Thomas C. Sullivan Foundation are due 15 July. The foundation provides operating and program support to organizations that serve the poor and needy. More information and application can be found here.

SECURE Program for Parishes

The SECURE Program is a partnership between the Catholic Community Foundation, CCS Fundraising, and each parish in the Diocese to assist in connecting parishioners with their parish during and beyond COVID-19, as well as opening channels for virtual and alternative offertory giving. SECURE stands for: Support from the Foundation and CCS; Evaluation and triage of parish revenue and capabilities; Connection to parishioners; Utilize Resources; and Engage the parish community.

If you would like to learn more about the SECURE program or engage your parish in the SECURE program, please reach out to Patrick Grace, Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation, at 216-696-6525 x5750.


Due to uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the diocesan safety summit planned for this fall has been postponed until 2021.  Please check the Diocesan Memorandum for any additional updates.


Diocesan Social Action Office

June 16th Lunch and Learn:  Open Wide Our Hearts Follow Up - The Diocesan Social Action Office is offering a ‘Lunch and Learn’ on June 16 at 12pm (noon).  It will be a follow up session to our Open Wide Our Hearts Conference on Racism last fall.  This event includes guest speakers and a time for dialogue, via Zoom. Contact Jon Gromek for more information or to register for the event.    

Catholic Commission of Cuyahoga County Peace and Justice Luncheon cancelled - The Catholic Commission of Cuyahoga County has cancelled its annual awards luncheon originally scheduled for June 10, 2020.  Due to the concerns with gatherings during the pandemic it is not being rescheduled this year.  A new date for 2021 will be set and communicated.  There are award winners for 2020 that will be announced.  For any questions or to sponsor the Social Action Offices current activities, please contact Diane Zbasnik or call 216-939-3843.


Catholic Cemeteries Association Monthly Sunday Grief Support June 28th - Please join us as we make a gradual return to our in-office Sunday Grief Support Group on June 28th with limited seating for appropriate social distancing.  The June topic is “Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled”.   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.   To RSVP or for questions, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866. 

For the most updated schedule of events please visit 


First Friday Club of Cleveland - Bishop Roger Gries, OSB, the First Friday Club of Cleveland's Spiritual Moderator, has recorded a special message. The First Friday Club of Cleveland will be releasing monthly reflections from members of our First Friday Club family. The next reflection will be released on Thursday, June 4.

Visit to access the video gallery  of previously recorded luncheons.

Featured Luncheon: This Month's Northeast Ohio Catholic Magazine features Fr. Tom, Fr. David and Fr. Mike Woost. In July of 2018 the First Friday Club of Cleveland was honored to have the Woost brothers  share their experience of growing up in a Catholic household, their faith development within the Woost family, and their baptismal and priestly vocations to a full house at The City Club of Cleveland.  Click here view their presentation, “Kitchen Table Faith: Family, Vocation, and Pope Francis’ Holiness Challenge." 


Jesuit Retreat Center Programs, 5629 State Road, Parma, Ohio 44134 / Click here for a list of future retreats and programs, along with any postponed or canceled events.

30-Day Summer Individually Directed Retreat. Sunday, June 21, 5:00 p.m. - Tuesday, July 21, 1:00 p.m. Cost: $2,500

8-Day Summer Individually Directed Retreat. Monday, June 29, 5:00 p.m - Monday, July 6, 1:00 p.m. Cost: $695

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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