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Diocesan Memorandum

June, 2024 | Vol. 58, no. 6 | Prot. No. C-21/2024

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.


Reestablishment of Deaneries and Appointment of Deans

Bishop Malesic has reestablished deaneries in the Diocese of Cleveland, replacing the previous structure of districts, presbyteral convenors, and district chairpersons. The following priests are appointed to serve six-year terms as deans:

  • Father John Seabold – Lorain
  • Father Mark Latcovich – Suburban West
  • Father Tim Gareau – Suburban Southwest
  • Father Rob Ramser – Cleveland West
  • Father Jim Roach – Cleveland Central
  • Father John Retar – Cleveland East
  • Father Matt Cortnik – Suburban Southeast
  • Father Joe Previte – Suburban East
  • Father George Kusy – Lake-Geauga
  • Father John Valencheck – Summit South
  • Father Joe Warner – Summit North
  • Father Steve Moran – Wayne-Ashland-Medina

Bishop Malesic has also established the Episcopal Council in accord with canon 473 §4, CIC.


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 29-30 June 2024. Bulletin inserts and announcements can be found here.

Office for Worship

July 2024 Liturgical Calendar Reminders:

July 3 is the Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle. Proper orations for St. Thomas, Apostle are used, with red vestments. The Gloria is sung. Readings are Proper (LECT # 593).

July 4 is Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time. The Mass for Independence Day may be used. For the general intercessions, one may use the adaptation of the prayer composed by Archbishop John Carroll for the inauguration of George Washington, as found in the Book of Blessings, #1965.

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 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).

July 28 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). Pope Francis has chosen a line from Psalm 71—“Do not cast me off in my old age”—as the theme for the 2024 celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. As the Catholic Church prepares for the Jubilee Year 2025, Pope Francis has asked Catholics to focus on prayer, which is why he chose the prayer of an elderly person from the Psalms for the theme.

Beginning with July 28, and for all four Sundays in August, the gospel is taken from John 6, on the Bread of Life. A series of homilies on the various aspects of the Mass would be appropriate.


Fund A Dream
Promote becoming a Fund A Dream donor at your school and parish. Donors now have the opportunity to direct their impact and designate a school of their choice to support. An insert with more information can be found here.

2024 Catholic Charities Appeal
“Transformed by your love”: 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 $11.5 million dollars from more than 28,000 donors as of May 15th.

This year’s second In-Pew Appeal takes place June 1stand 2nd. All funds will go towards strengthening Catholic Charities substance use disorder programs. These programs served more than 1,300 people across our diocese in 2023 through residential treatment facilities, intensive outpatient services, as well as counseling and peer support programs. Please click here to learn more.

Keep an eye on our social media posts and please like and share so you have more access to news, events, and see how your donations are put to good use. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and X: @CatholicCommunityCLE. 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.

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.



Eucharistic Revival

Eucharistic Miracles Display
June 13-27, 2024 | St. Ladislas, Westlake
Find out more here.

Seeking choir members for Ballpark Mass. We are seeking members to join the bilingual choir for the Ballpark Mass at Canal Park Stadium, Akron, June 24th. Choir rehearsal for the Mass will be on Tuesday, June 11 from 7:00pm at St. John Bosco Parish in Parma Heights. Sign up here; click to download flyer in English and Spanish.

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage 2024
Leading up to the National Eucharistic Congress in July 2024, four Eucharistic Pilgrimages will travel across the country. The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Route began in Connecticut on May 17, and will spend a week in Columbus June 24-30 before continuing on to Cincinnati and arrive in Indianapolis in July. There will be opportunities for Mass with Bishop Earl K. Fernandes, Processions, Eucharistic Exposition, and other events as the procession comes through the Diocese of Columbus. Learn more and register.

Annual Compliance | Office for Child Protection

Thank you for all your work to create safe environments and keep the safety of our children a priority in the Diocese. Every summer 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, 2023--June 30, 2024) to keep kids safe. The forms will be mailed out to the parishes in the last week of June. Please return the form by July 26, 2024. Please follow the instructions on the form. Any questions, email Sharon Minson or call 216-696-6525 x1157.

Join our team

We are hiring a Program Coordinator to assist in fulfilling the mission of the Parish Life Secretariat and the Child Protection Office. We are also seeking two Program Assistants to support the offices of Marriage and Family, and Youth Ministry, and Young Adult, Lay Ecclesial Ministry, and Interfaith/Ecumenical Affairs.

Learn more about these positions and apply at


Office of Marriage and Family Ministry
Marriage Mentor Spring Training Day
Saturday, June 8 | 10:00-2:00pm | St. Sebastian Parish, Akron

Office of Black Catholic Ministries
Juneteenth Celebration
Wednesday, June 19 | 10 am Mass, 12-4pm Food & Festivities | Glenview Park, Cleveland

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office
How to Set the World on Fire: A Retreat on Prayer & Mission
Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27 | Center for Pastoral Leadership, Wickliffe
Fr. Ryan Mann will lead a retreat for lay ecclesial ministers. 


The 3rd Annual Camp Christopher Fall Festival, marking a Centennial Celebration, will be Saturday, October 12, from 1 to 7 p.m. at 1930 N. Hametown Rd. in Bath Township. This year, to commemorate 100 years of Camp Christopher, we are planning an extraordinary celebration with local musicians, craft vendors, food trucks, entertainers, and fun-filled activities for all ages. You and your business can be a part of this historic celebration by becoming a sponsor. Your generous support will help us create an unforgettable experience for our attendees and ensure the continued success of Camp Christopher for years to come. Your sponsorship will be prominently featured on all promotional materials, including social media posts, ensuring extensive visibility. For more details about the event please visit or contact Maddie Munoz at

Camp Christopher|
As we joyously celebrate the 100th anniversary of Camp Christopher, we warmly invite you to be a part of our centennial summer. Since 1924, Camp Christopher has been a place for campers to grow in nature, community and spirit.

Resident Camp (Ages 7-16): A classic overnight camp experience filled with outdoor adventures, team-building activities, and lasting friendships.

Leadership Camp (Age 17): A two-week overnight program for 17 year olds to develop leadership skills, self-confidence, become skilled in CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding, and learn a sense of responsibility as they work alongside a cabin counselor.

Day Camp (Ages 5-12): A traditional day camp experience, this program offers a fun-filled day of games, crafts, and outdoor exploration Monday through Friday.

Sumfun Day Camp (Ages 5-21): A nurturing environment for children with developmental disabilities, providing inclusive activities and personalized care.

Register now at or call us at 330-376-2267 to secure your spot.


First Friday Club of Cleveland
Fr. Nathan Cromly, Presenting Devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus | Thursday, June 6, 2024 | Center for Pastoral Leadership 28700 Euclid Ave. Wickliffe, OH 44092 | Registration and more information here.

First Friday Club of Greater Akron
Edward Joza, Author, speaking on: The Mystic Next Door- An Ordinary Man’s Extraordinary Encounter With The Holy Spirit | Friday, June 7, 2024 | Our Lady of Cedars, 507 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333 | Registration and more information here.

The International Pilgrim Virgin statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be available for veneration at churches throughout the Diocese July 7-20, sponsored by Our Mother’s Hands. Access the schedule and more at Flyer.

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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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