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Diocesan Memorandum

June, 2023 | Vol. 57, no. 6 | Prot. No. C-20/2023

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.



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 financial assistance to those throughout the world who suffer from war, oppression, and natural disasters. This year’s Collection is scheduled for the weekend of 1-2 July 2023. Bulletin inserts and announcements can be found here.

Office for Worship

July 2021 Liturgical Calendar Reminders:

July 4 is Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time. The Mass for Independence Day may be used.

July 22 is the 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).

July 23 is World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. In 2021, Pope Francis established the celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and Elderly on the fourth Sunday of July, near the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus (July 26). The theme for the 2023 celebration selected by the pope is “His mercy is from age to age” (Lk 1:50). Resources and ideas for how to celebrate are available here.

July 25 is the Feast of St. James, Apostle. Proper orations for St. James, Apostle are used, with red vestments. The Gloria is sung. Readings are Proper (LECT # 605).

The July 29 Memorial of Saint Martha has been expanded to become the Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus. An interim Mass formulary is available online, as a free PDF download in both English and Spanish. Indications given in the Lectionary for Mass for July 29 remain the same, and other texts in the Liturgy of the Hours may be supplied by the Common of Holy Men until the approval and implementation of new proper texts that include SS. Martha, Mary and Lazarus together.


Development Associate for Catholic Education
A full-time position is now open that will support the mission and strategic objectives of the Catholic Community Foundation and Diocese of Cleveland in implementing the goals of the Angel Scholarship Fund (ASF.)

The Development Associate for Catholic Education will be responsible for providing support for Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) and Diocese of Cleveland Office of Catholic Education (OCE) fundraising and marketing initiatives. Click here for more information or send an email.

2023 Catholic Charities Appeal
A time to heal. A time to help – Catholic Charities continues its work on the front lines to serve the growing number of individuals and families most in need. We are blessed to have raised nearly $12 million dollars from more than 31,000 donors as of May 15th.

A year after the Supreme Court’s historic reversal of Roe v. Wade, Catholic Charities recognizes its call to expand programs and services that protect life. We will conduct another In Pew Appeal June 3-4, with all funds raised used to strengthen services that care for women and children. Also, any new, increased, or additional gift to Catholic Charities in the month of June will be matched up to $100,000. Please visit

Parishes can click here for updated parish stats and bulletin announcements. Email Sarah Gozur or call 216-696-6525 x1910 with questions or for additional information.

Charitable Gift Annuities
Are you looking to increase your income and have the potential to help Catholic Charities or another diocesan ministry in the future? Making a gift of cash or a low-yielding, appreciated asset to establish a Charitable Gift Annuity with the Catholic Community Foundation can provide you with a fixed income stream for life, with the possibility of current tax benefits. Learn more about Charitable Gift Annuities here or contact Jean Ann Montagna or 216-696-6525 x8070.

The Sandra S. and Thomas C. Sullivan Foundation Grants
Who is eligible: Catholic and other nonprofit organizations whose focus is on providing aid to the poor and needy and educational opportunities to persons who would otherwise not be able to participate. Guidelines and the application can be found here. The application deadline is July 15th.

Bishop’s Golf Classic
Tee up & drive “fore” Catholic Education. Join Bishop Edward C. Malesic and enjoy a day on the course to support our students’ pursuit of a Christ-centered education grounded in Gospel values. RSVP online.


Human Resources

Two labor law posters have been updated:

“Your Employee Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act” -

“Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” -

Federal and state employment laws require that employers post notices in the workplace explaining employees’ rights. Please replace your current posters with the above. All required posters can be found at:

Email Donna Speagle, Human Resources, or call (216) 696-6525, ext. 8760.


Eucharistic Revival

The Parish Year of Revival starts June 11.

Here are five things you can do to kick off your Parish Revival:

  • Form a parish team to plan activities for the Eucharistic Revival. Download the USCCB Parish Revival Leader’s Playbook for some concrete ideas your community can take (English | Spanish). If you have not already done so, please submit the name of your Parish Point of Contact for the Eucharistic Revival here.
  • Organize a Eucharistic Procession in your neighborhood or encourage parishioners to participate in a nearby procession. After initial preparations have been developed and a route established with local permissions, parishes must contact the Office for Worship to obtain the Bishop’s formal approval of these plans. Click here for a listing of Parish Eucharistic Processions. To add your Parish Eucharistic Procession to the diocesan listing, please click here.
  • Pray for the Revival. Our diocesan prayer for the Eucharistic Revival has been translated into seventeen different languages. Visit our website to download print-ready copies of the prayer to share with your community. We have also created a beautiful multilingual video of the prayer. (Jeff Stutzman has link to video.)
  • Join us for one or all the Ballpark Masses taking place this summer. Online registration is now open.
  • Sign up for the Heart of the Revival e-newsletter to stay connected to what the National Eucharistic Revival is all about. Also, download the National Eucharistic Revival app from your favorite app store for access to free videos and audio resources on the Eucharist.

Click here to learn more about our diocesan events and resources.

Black Catholic Ministries

Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom | Monday, June 19, 10am | St. Adalbert Parish, Cleveland
African American parishes of the diocese will sponsor a Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom. Mass of Unity accompanied by the Diocesan Gospel Choir and Praise Dancers will be celebrated at 10:00 am. Picnic lunch and activities to follow. All are welcome.

Office of Child Protection

Thank you for helping create safe environments and keeping the safety of our children a priority in the Diocese. This is the time of year when we process the Annual Compliance Forms indicating our compliance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. We must have documentation on file of our efforts over the past audit year (July 1, 2022--June 30, 2023). Forms will be mailed out to the parishes in the last week of June. Please return the form by July 21, 2023 to Debbie Morris or mail it to Diocese of Cleveland, Office for Protection of Children & Youth, 1404 E. 9th St. 5th Floor, Cleveland OH 44114. Any questions, email Sharon Minson or call 216-696-6525 x 1157.

Hispanic Ministry

Comunicación en el Matrimonio | Communication in Marriage | Saturday, June 3, 1-5pm | Our Lady of Mount Carmel (West)
The class is to learn the tools to better communicate as a couple and within the family. | La clase es para aprender herramientas de comunicación en la pareja y entre la familia.

Acompañamiento de parejas | Accompaniment of couples | Saturday, June 17, 1-5pm | Our Lady of Mount Carmel (West)
This workshop will focus on how to accompany couples in crisis and know when to refer them to professional help. | Este taller es para aprender a acompañar en la fe a parejas en crisis y saber cuándo referirlos a ayuda profesional.

Interfaith Office

Convocation of Conference of Religions | Sunday, June 4, 2:30 - 4:30pmLast chance to register: The Conference of Religions brings together practitioners of the world religions to discuss a topic to bring about a sharing of perspectives. This June's convocation is on the topic of "Immortality". This concept is central to the understandings of theology and personhood in many religious traditions. Register online.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry


Lay Ecclesial Ministry Retreat | August 11 – August 12, 2023 | Center for Pastoral Leadership
This year’s Lay Ecclesial Ministry Retreat for candidates in formation and certified Lay Ecclesial Ministers will be titled “The Glorious Road to Joy.” Retreatants will explore the glorious experiences on which joy is built, learn how to become resilient to the joy-zapping shame and discern the loving presence of God in our lives. The retreat will begin Friday evening at 6:00 pm and concludes Saturday at 5:00 pm. Overnight stay is optional. Register online

Marriage & Family Ministry

Sign up HERE for the MFM newsletter if you are not yet subscribed. The newsletter will now be sent on a monthly basis. The MFM office keeps a resource hub on multiple topic areas; please feel free to share resources with us. Contact Erin Marie if you have a question or concern.

Red Bird Ministry Workshops
Save the dates: The founders of Red Bird Ministry will be presenting at two events this fall.

  • Friday, September 22.Clergy, parish leaders, bereavement ministers will learn about Red Bird Ministry and how it serves parishioners.
  • Saturday, September 23.A workshop for couples grieving pregnancy loss or the loss of a child.

The MFM office is building a Red Bird Ministry team for the diocese. “Flock Leaders” and “Couple Companions” are needed to serve in leadership and accompaniment roles. Training will be provided. We are also seeking priests willing to provide emotional support, reconciliation, and/or spiritual direction to individuals or couples that have experienced loss of a child or pregnancy loss. If you are interested in being part of the Red Bird team, please email Terri Yohman for details.

Bereavement Ministry Continuing Education | September 28, 9 am-1 pm | Cornerstone of Hope, Brecksville
This training will be offered for Clergy, Lay Ecclesial Ministers and Bereavement Facilitators. The session is limited to 80 people. The day will include a presentation and small group discussions about current needs, best practices, and new resources. There will be time for Q&A with licensed clinicians. Cost is $30. Lunch will be provided. Payments can be made by credit card online or by check. Register online.

Missionary Discipleship

Save the date: Retreat for Evangelization & Stewardship Ministers | Wednesday, August 16, 9am-5pm | Trilogy Retreat Property, Southington, OH
Trilogy Retreat Property will host a retreat day titled "Finding Jesus in the Eucharist." Greg Wasinski, speaker and author, will lead us in this chance to restore our souls while reflecting more deeply on who we become through the Eucharist. Our time together will support us in our efforts to live our vocation in the Church as we help others see the beauty of the Eucharist. Please email Jennifer Webb or Christy Cabaniss with any questions. Registration details coming soon.

Youth Ministry

National Catholic Youth Conference | November 16-19, Indianapolis, IN       
Tickets are still available for our diocesan pilgrimage, which includes transportation, hotel, and conference. Learn more and buy tickets on our NCYC page. Teens must attend with a parish or school group.

Fostering a Heart for Teens | August 19, 9 am-4 pm | St. Charles Borromeo, Parma
Bring your volunteers for a great day of prayer and training. We have relevant topics for both new and veteran youth ministry volunteers. Fr. Eric Garris and Ron Nowak are two of our many presenters. Youth ministers, clergy, seminarians, and religious are FREE this year, so please bring your people and use this as an opportunity for training and visioning together. Register here.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

  • Pastor & Youth Minister Gathering | September 19, 10am-2pm | St. Basil Parish
  • Ohio March for Life Trip | October 6

Young Adult Ministry

Diocesan Young Adult Softball League|
The Young Adult Office is forming a co-ed Softball League that will kick off at the end of June. Games to be played in Parma at Calvin Park. Join a team or form one of your own. Cost is $35pp to play. Minimum of 12 people per team. For more information, click here.


Please visit for our most updated schedule of events.


First Friday Club of Greater Akron
Stephen Mylett, Akron Chief of Police | Friday, June 2, 2023 at Our Lady of Cedars, 507 South Cleveland Massillon Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333 | Registration and more information here.

Theology on the Rocks
Fr. Ron Wearsch | Monday, June 12, 2023 | Copper Cup (Ironwood Café) at 680 Dover Center in Westlake | Click here for more information.

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