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Diocesan Memorandum

March, 2020 | Vol. 54, no. 3 | Prot. No. C-9/2020 

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 See of Cleveland is vacant. Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez was installed as Archbishop of Philadelphia on February 18, and at that time ended his tenure as Bishop of Cleveland. On February 19 the college of consultors elected Rev. Donald P. Oleksiak as diocesan administrator to govern the Diocese of Cleveland until the installation of the new diocesan bishop. The diocesan administrator has most of the powers of a diocesan bishop, except for certain matters which may affect the ability of the next diocesan bishop to make his own decisions regarding the long-term future of the diocese.

While there is no diocesan bishop, pastors have been granted the faculty to confirm. This faculty is to be used at the parish celebration of the sacrament of confirmation at which the diocesan bishop would have presided. Parishes which have scheduled a retired bishop or an abbot to preside at their parish celebration, will continue with this arrangement as scheduled.

2020 diocesan-wide Evening of Confession | 11 March 2020
The 2020 diocesan-wide Evening of Confession will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5-8 p.m. Please ensure this date and time is reflected in your parish calendar. As in previous years, parish resources such as bulletin inserts, poster art and examination of conscience materials will be available on-line after January 10, 2020 at

Office for Worship

Naming the Bishop in the Eucharistic Prayer
As you know, Bishop Nelson J. Perez has been named Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. A presbyter serving as diocesan administrator is not named in the Eucharistic Prayer. Therefore, until a new bishop is installed, please omit the clause “and N., our Bishop” from the Eucharistic Prayer.

Transitional Prayers:

We ask that all parishes include the following intercession during this time of transition:

For our Holy Father, Pope Francis; for the Church of Cleveland, that the Holy Spirit will enlighten and inspire the leaders of our church until a new shepherd for our diocese is named. We pray.

From the Ceremonial of Bishops:
When a see becomes vacant, in all churches of the diocese, the Mass for the election of a pope or a bishop (Roman Missal, third typical edition, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions I: For the Church: # 4 For the Election of a Pope or a Bishop, pg. 1247) should be celebrated at least once, except on those days listed in nos. 1-4 on the table of liturgical days.” This Mass can therefore be offered on most days of the year, including weekdays of Lent and Sundays of Ordinary Time.

Readings for the Mass “For the Election of a Pope or a Bishop” may be selected from the Lectionary for Mass nos. 833-837:

LECT 833: Reading from the Old Testament
Isaiah 61:1-3a

LECT 834: Reading from the New testament
Ephesians 4:11-16
Hebrews 5:1-10

LECT 835: Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 89:4-5, 21-22, 25 & 27. “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.”

LECT 836: Verse Before the Gospel
John 10:11

LECT 837: Gospel
John 15:9-17
John 17:11b, 17-23

April 2020 Liturgical Calendar: 

The memorial of Christ's entrance into Jerusalem takes place at all Palm Sunday Masses, April 5th, by means of the procession (from another smaller church, or some other location, to the principal church) or the solemn entrance (from just outside the doors, or inside the principle church) before Mass. The solemn entrance, but not the procession, may be repeated before other Masses that are usually celebrated with a large gathering of people.

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. At this special liturgy, all the holy oils which will be used in our diocese for the coming year will be consecrated. This is also an opportunity for priests of the diocese to renew themselves in their priestly vocation. Please be advised that, in an effort to be fair and non-partisan, parishioners will not have the opportunity to reserve seating for other parishioners in advance. General seating for the Chrism Mass will be first come, first served. Holy Oils may be collected after the Mass.

A reminder that during the Sacred Triduum, which begins with Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday evening, April 9th and concludes with the Easter Vigil, April 11th, neither Wedding Ritual Masses nor Funeral Masses are permitted. Weddings Without Mass are permitted during the day on Holy Thursday, but not on Good Friday or Holy Saturday. Funeral Liturgies Outside Mass are permitted on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. 

The reception of the Holy Oils may take place in individual parishes either before the celebration of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper or at another time that seems more appropriate. According to pastoral necessity, "another time that seems more appropriate" could also include the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper offertory procession or perhaps before the Penitential Act. Please consult the USCCB website for the Order for the Reception of the Holy Oils.

The tabernacle should be completely empty before the [Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper] celebration. Hosts for the communion of the faithful should be consecrated during that celebration. A sufficient amount of bread should be consecrated to provide also for communion the following day.” (Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts [hereafter, CLCPC], 1988, no. 48)

The Precious Blood may not be reserved, except for giving Communion to someone who is sick.Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds [hereafter, NDRHC], no. 54; c.f. GIRM3, no. 249, NDRHC, nos. 30, 52.)

The Washing of Feet at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday is an optional ritual. “Those who are chosen from amongst the people of God are led by the ministers to seats prepared in a suitable place. Then the Priest (removing his chasuble if necessary) goes to each one, and, with the help of the ministers, pours water over each one’s feet and then dries them.” (Roman Missal, third typical edition, Thursday of Holy Week, nos. 10-11) The Washing of Feet is intended to be a ritual action emphasizing our participation in Christ’s mission of love and self-emptying service to one another, following his commandment to love one another as he has loved us. The washing of hands as an alternative to feet is not envisioned by the Church, and is not to be done. If the parish does not wish to wash feet specifically, then the ritual is to be omitted entirely.

On [Good Friday], in accordance with ancient tradition, the Church does not celebrate the Eucharist: Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful during the celebration of the Lord's passion alone, though it may be brought at any time of the day to the sick who cannot take part in the celebration. (CLCPC, no. 59) “The Precious Blood may not be reserved, except for giving Communion to someone who is sick.” (NDRHC, no. 54)

The 2020 Easter Vigil will be celebrated on Saturday, April 11, 2020. This year, the Easter Vigil is to begin no earlier than 7:30 p.m. 

Ritual Masses are not permitted during the days of the Easter Octave, though Funeral Masses are permitted. Weddings within the Mass of the Day may be celebrated on these Solemnities. Please reference this online chart for more information.

The Transitional Diaconate Ordination Mass is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral.

September 2020 Liturgical Calendar

Tuesday, September 1st is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Even if no special Mass formulary or readings are selected for the occasion, it would still be appropriate to mention the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and its significance in the homily, petitions, and/or concluding announcements.

The anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist on Sunday, September 6th is observed as a solemnity in the Cathedral and as a feast in the parishes of the diocese. The feast does not supersede the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, so diocesan parishes other than the Cathedral will omit this feast this year.

Monday, September 7th is Labor Day, which coincides with the diocesan Special Day of Prayer for Human Rights and Equality.

September 20th, the third Sunday in September, is Catechetical Sunday. The ceremony for the blessing and commissioning of catechists is intended to take place at the Eucharistic liturgy on Catechetical Sunday. If this is not possible, the blessing and commissioning may be celebrated at Mass at another time, or it may be used outside of Mass, perhaps with the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours or at a simple commissioning service. “Order for the Blessing of Those Appointed as Catechists” can be found in the Book of Blessings [BB], no. 491.

Liturgical Catechesis Notes: Influenza or Other Viral Infections and Mass
During flu season, parishes may receive requests from parishioners to make changes to the liturgical celebration in order to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses. The Diocesan Bishop should always be consulted regarding any changes or restriction of options in the celebration of Roman Catholic Liturgy. The need for widespread liturgical adaptations for the prevention of the transmission of influenza or other viruses in the dioceses of the United States of America is NOT evident at this time. In other words, withholding the chalice from the faithful merely because of fears regarding influenza or other viruses is inappropriate.

The USCCB, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control, recommends that the following measures be taken in the celebration of the liturgy: 

a)     Priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should be especially reminded of the need to practice good hygiene. Ministers of Holy Communion should be encouraged to wash their hands before Mass begins, or even to use an alcohol based anti-bacterial solution before and after distributing Holy Communion.

b)    Pastors should instruct people who feel ill not to receive from the cup.

The current Instruction: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Assisting at Mass and Communion of the Sick in the Diocese of Cleveland reiterates that it is always the choice of the communicant to choose to receive the Precious Blood.

The complete publication of the USCCB can be found at the following link:

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist


Cathedral of St John the Evangelist; 1007 Superior Ave @ E 9th St; Cleveland 44114. FREE, (no tickets, no reservations); Free secure parking: Cathedral garage & lot, Rockwell & E 9th St.

April 21, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. | Choir of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris France | Henri Chalet, director; Yves Castagnet, organist

May 8, Friday at 7:30 p.m. | Quire Cleveland | Dr Jay White, director.


During the season of Lent, three Diocesan parish choirs have accepted the invitation to sing at the Cathedral for a 5:30pm Sunday mass. This annual invitation to sing at a Cathedral Sunday mass is open to all parish choirs in the Diocese. Participating choirs accepting the invitation this Lent are:

Lent II | Saturday 4:30 p.m. March 7 | Diocese of Cleveland Children’s Choir Festival & Mass

Lent III | March 15 | Our Lady Queen of Peace Choir (Grafton); Rob Keshock, Director

Lent IV | March 22 | St. Joseph Choir (Avon Lake); Lorrie Couglin, Director

Lent V | March 29 | St. Joan of Arc Choir (Chagrin Falls); Ralph Holtzhauser, Director

Diocesan Safety Summit being planned


The Diocese of Cleveland is in the early planning stages of a workshop offering training sessions to provide valuable insight and resources to parish staff and volunteers on how build a culture of safety within their environments – practical, hands-on tools and information to help each parish to begin or enhance their safety/emergency plans.  Watch for more information on our planned diocesan safety summit in the months to come.  If you have thoughts or ideas on topic content or presenters, please contact Deacon Jim Armstrong  or Larry Murtaugh.The workshop is being planned for the fall.


2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal

Though we are many, we are one in Christ: The 2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal is in full swing, and gifts are being processed as quickly as possible. A special thanks to parishes across the diocese for conducting the annual Parish Appeal weekend last month. This one weekend will raise nearly $4 million towards a goal of $13 million goal. We could not do it without the support of the pastors, staff and volunteers.

Parishes are asked to send their envelopes and completed transmittal form (see page 24 of the Parish Manual) via UPS or FEDEX to: Agilis/Catholic Community Foundation, 2381 Crossroads Blvd Albert Lea, MN 56007.

Continue to thank your parishioners for their support of the appeal with a message in your bulletin, on your website, and e-newsletters. Please share the impact of Catholic Charities and the appeal with your social media followers by sharing and retweeting Facebook and Twitter posts from the Catholic Community Foundation. 

Look for the monthly email to pastors, staff and volunteer with updates on how the appeal and your parish specifically is progressing towards meetings its goal. These emails will be on or around the 10thof each month.

Visit to view the video or read the stories of those impacted by your gifts. To donate online, visit

Contact Karen Joyce, 216-696-6525 x1910 or Sarah Yantek at x1049 with questions or for additional information.

The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

Lawyers Guild Scholarship
Applications for the Martin T. Galvin Memorial Scholarship for high school students pursuing a Catholic education are available to students through Digital Academy or on the Lawyers Guild website: Applications are due March 15.

The Annual Lenten Reflection for Lawyers Guild members will be held on Wednesday, 18 March, beginning with 5:10 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral. Followed by a light supper and reflection with Fr. Dan Schlegel held in the lower level of Cathedral Square, 1404 E. Ninth Street. The event is free to all members and a guest. For more information, please contact Colleen Rigo 216-696-6525, Ext. 4080 or visit 

The Lawyers Guild is accepting nominations for the 2020 St. Thomas More Award to be presented at the Red Mass on 16 October 2020. Nomination forms are available online at Nominations are due April 1.

Planned Giving

Give Today From Your IRA
If you are age 70½ or older, you may make an IRA Charitable Rollover transfer (also called a Qualified Charitable Distribution, or QCD) from your traditional IRA directly to a qualified charity, such as our parish or Catholic Charities. A QCD is not included in your taxable income, a tax benefit to you, even if you do not itemize deductions. If you are taking RMDs, the QCD will also count toward your RMD for the year, subject to certain limitations. For information on tax planning with QCDs, contact your tax advisor. To make a QCD to our parish or a diocesan ministry, contact Sandy Lucas at (216) 696-6525, Ext. 1640 or visit


Employee Benefits


Wellness Incentives are continuing for the 2020-2021 plan year. The Annual Physical and Tobacco Attestation Form applies to all participants and spouses who are covered under our medical plan. Employees with a spouse covered under the medical plan with no current surcharge are to confirm their status by completing the Working Spouse Verification Form.

A mailing was sent to all parishes and schools in late January. The forms were included in the mailing and can also be found on the Employee Benefits website at Please remind your employees on our health plans that the forms must be returned to the Benefits Office NO LATER THAN MAY 1, 2020.

Please contact the Employee Benefits Office, at (216) 696-6525, ext. 5040 with any questions.


Celebrated author and presenter, Chris Lowney, chair of Catholic Health Initiatives and author of several books including, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads and Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church will present The Challenge of Leadership: Utilizing Everyone’s Gifts to Revitalize the Church

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | Rappe Conference Room, Cathedral Square | 7:00 p.m. |

Registration fee: Contribution to Jesuit Indian and African Education Pilgrimage for Our Children's Future.

New LEAF Ministry – Lorain County
Beginning March 10, 2020, Listening, Encouraging and Assisting Families (LEAF) Support for Families and Loved Ones of the Incarcerated will offer meetings at St. Julie Billiart Church, 5500 Lear Rd., North Ridgeville on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. This is in addition to ongoing monthly meetings (all at 7 p.m.):

Cuyahoga County | Communion of Saints - fourth Monday | Mary Queen of Peace - fourth Wednesday

Geauga County | Holy Angels - third Thursday (second Thursday in November and March)

Lake County | St. Noel - third Monday

Medina County | Medina County Jail - fourth Monday

Office of Missionary Discipleship

Retreat: “Who am I?” Encountering I AM in the Least Likely Places: Stories and Reflections for Our Lenten Journey

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | St. Ambrose, Brunswick, OH | 9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

When we encounter God, our lives often get turned upside down in new, exciting ways. In this Lenten Retreat we will discern, through captivating stories, Sacred Scripture, music and sharing, how an encounter with God’s love and grace can change us in unexpected ways. We will explore themes of sacrifice, renewal in Christ, unwavering faith in the midst of adversity, profound hope, Eucharistic love, and discern what it means to be called to the periphery to serve as missionary disciples. To register, contact Miguel Chavez at (216) 696- 6525 x2552.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Job Resource for Lay Ecclesial Ministers and Parishes: The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office can assist those who are seeking positions in parishes and those who are looking for a lay ecclesial minister for their parish. Confidentiality is maintained. Please call the office at 440-943-7669 or email if you would like more information.

John Carroll University Lecture Series: “Faithful Citizenship: What Would Augustine Say?” | Presented by Rev. James Bretzke, S.J., S.T.D., Professor of Theology | Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 pm | LSC Conference Room, DJ Lombardo Student Center | Free and open to the public.

Registration/Information flyers for upcoming continuing education and formation opportunities in March can be accessed through the flyer link found at the bottom of the Diocesan Memorandum, or contact Jennell Muscatello, 440-943-7474.

Hispanic Ministry

Congreso Post-Encuentro

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Cathedral Square, 1404 East 9thStreet | 9 am–3:30 pm

The Congreso Post-Encuentro is an opportunity to gather pastoral and lay leaders in the Hispanic community and present the conclusions from the V National Encuentro for Hispanic / Latino Ministry. We will reflect together on the different social, cultural and pastoral realities experienced by Hispanics / Latinos living in our diocese and discuss ways to implement the findings of the V Encuentro consultation in our diocese and parishes. Visit our website for more information, download the flyer, and/or register online.

Marriage and Family Ministry 

Congratulations to our former Director, Bill Boomer, on his retirement effective February 7, 2020. We are enormously thankful for his dedication over the last 22+ years, and his passion for ministering with couples and families throughout the many seasons of their lives. Bill will continue his leadership as a consultant with our Couple Ministry, Prepare-Enrich, and PREP programs scheduled through April, 2020. Please contact Katie Galicic by email or phone (216) 696-6525 x2323 with any questions or concerns, and she will direct you appropriately.

With the retirement of Bill Boomer, there will be no Family Perspectives until a new director is hired.

Prepare-Enrich Training - Spring 2020
Prepare-Enrich is an online relationship inventory that customizes to couples dating, engaged, or married and is mandatory for engaged couples preparing for marriage. We train Priests, Deacons, Lay Ecclesial Ministers, or Counselors who have not yet been trained or would like a refresher to administer the relationship inventory and work with couples. 

Date: Saturdays, March 28 & April 4, 2020 (both required)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Place: Center for Pastoral Leadership
Cost: $175 for new trainee, $25 for refresher course.
Contact: Katie Galicic by email, (216) 696-6525 x2323

PREP Marriage Skills Workshop for Married Couples
A day-long workshop offering preparation for engaged couples (fulfilling the Pre-Cana requirement) and enrichment for married couples. It is a research-based program that teaches couples how to communicate effectively, resolve conflict, forgive, and create fun and intimacy while enhancing their commitment. Marriage skills are integrated with a Catholic vision and theology. Couples attending the workshop should dress comfortably for the day, which concludes with 4:30pm mass at the parish. 

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (includes 4:30 p.m. Mass)
Place: Holy Martyrs, 3100 Old Weymouth Rd., Medina, OH 44256
Cost: $125 per couple.
Contact: Katie Galicic by email, (216) 696-6525 x2323

Weekend to Remember
FAMILYLIFE believes “the happiest couples are those who commit to learning skills that help them weather difficult seasons and deal confidently with relationship challenges”. They will offer one Weekend to Remember in Cleveland this spring, March 13-15, 2020. Find registration, discounts, and more information on their website, 

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Become a member of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)

NFCYM is the largest national network of youth ministry leaders who support each other and share ideas and struggles. Community and collaboration drive the network to go beyond individual efforts and innovate to make a bigger impact on the youth we serve. Members are pastoral leaders, youth ministers, parents, clergy and religious. Benefits include: Exclusive member-only webinars; Exclusive access to luncheon and member-only sessions at NCCYM; Opportunities to serve as members of and leaders for committees, project teams, and ministry networks. More information at .

Catholic Renewal Ministries

Catholic Renewal Ministries invites all to the following opportunities for Healing and Prayer: 

Peter’s Shadow Night of Healing Prayer │March 2, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.St. John Vianney Parish, 7575 Bellflower Rd., Mentor, OH 44060 and March 30, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Holy Spirit Parish, 4341 E. 131st St., Garfield Hts. We know that Jesus still heals and that the Holy Spirit is alive and active when we call upon Him. Come expecting a movement of God. Peter's Shadow can be reached at 234-206-0263 or by email.

Neal and Janet Lozano will present an Unbound: Freedom in Christ conference in Cleveland on Friday and Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2020. Unbound is a ministry of freedom and healing that helps us to release the Power of the Gospel into our lives. Registration closes February 25; a discount is offered through February 10. Space is limited. More details and PayPal registration are available at For questions, please call CRM at 440-944-9445, or Marge Zampino at 216-990-0919; or email.

Healing Service │ April 5, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. St. Mary Church, 340 N. Main St., Hudson 44236. There will be Adoration, anointing of the sick and praying over those who are grieving or in any need of healing of body, mind, or soul. For more information please email.

Charismatic Mass Friday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish, 410 W. Lorain St. in Oberlin 44074. Fr. Bob Franco will celebrate. With healing prayer teams available and a social after the mass. For more information, contact Fr. Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.

Divine Mercy Service │ Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. SS. Cosmas & Damian, 10439 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg 44087. For more information, contact Brenda or Denny Carleton at 216-392-8749. 

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth Chapter of Magnificat, a women’s ministry modeled after the Visitation, invite you to a Breakfast, Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., at Walsh University, Barrette Center, 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio. Erin Clark will be the guest speaker. Cost: $22 Mail-in / $23 Online. Go to for a reservation form or to pay online. Reservations cannot be accepted after March 7. There will be an optional Mass at 8:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel at Walsh University. For further information call Joan Spieth at 330-933-8778.


Diocesan Social Action Office

Prayer Service for the Homeless | March 4, 2020 at 7p.m. |Our Lady of Peace, 12503 Buckingham Avenue, Cleveland, 44120
Hosted by the Catholic Commission of Cuyahoga County, this prayer service reflects on the Corporal Work of Mercy to Shelter the Homeless. The Catholic Church teaches that shelter is a basic human right yet many people do not have a roof over their heads or a safe place to live. For some, the line between having a home and being homeless is a thin one that can disappear with the death of a spouse, the loss of a job or illness. Join us in prayer and listen to first hand stories of our sister and bothers in their struggles. For more information go to

New Videos for Prayer and Action as Faithful Citizens
At their November General Assembly, the full body of bishops approved scripts for videos to inspire prayer and action in political life and to help Catholics apply the teachings of Pope Francis to our day. The videos complement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops’ teaching document for the faithful on the political responsibility of Catholics, and they seek to help the faithful participate in public life, prioritize faith over partisan politics, engage with civility, and respond to pressing issues of our day. Each video ends with a prayer. The videos are available on the USCCB’s YouTube channel and at in four languages. For additional resources, go to

Office for Human Life
The USCCB has announced a new parish-based initiative focused on assisting pregnant mothers in need. All parishes are invited to join a nationwide effort from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021 entitled “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.” Resources will be provided, including homily helps, suggested prayers, bulletin inserts, pulpit announcements, parish-based activities, and communications and outreach suggestions. All of these will be posted on our website (in English and Spanish) with a suggested timeline for the Year of Service. The intention is ease of use at the parish level.

-       WWMIN Year at a Glance

-       The Action Guide Summary (a 3-page summary of the first 2 phases)

-       The Parish Inventory Tool

- (dedicated website with resources and updates throughout the year)

Peggy Gerovac will be assisting parishes with their implementation of this exciting new program.

Disability Services and Ministries

Summer Camp programs for children and young adults with disabilities
Did you know that our diocese offers summer camp programs for children and young adults with disabilities? Camp Happiness has two locations – Parma & Euclid. Camp is from June 22 to July 31, 2020. These programs are a ministry to families who have children with disabilities. The summer programs offer respite and provide life-enhancing activities in a Catholic setting. They are a great way to meet new friends, learn new things and just have fun. If you have a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability or know someone who does, email Lauren Mailey or call 216-334-2963. You can also find information on our website.


Monthly Sunday Grief Support
Catholic Cemeteries Association grief support groups will meet on Sunday March 15th at 3:00 p.m. at the following locations: Saint Joseph Cemetery, Avon (temporary trailer 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). The March topic will be “Springing Forward: How is your Grief Maturing?” A reservation is not required, but is appreciated. Visit our website or contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866. If you are interested in participating at these new Grief Support Group locations or if you would like flyers for your parish, please contact Rhonda or call 216-930-4866.

One-Year Anniversary Mass

Catholic Cemeteries Association honors families in our care by remembering their departed loved ones with a special One-Year Anniversary Mass, celebrated for all the departed in the past year. The Mass, open to all, is celebrated annually on the feast of St. Joseph (patron saint of a happy death) – March 19th. This year’s One Year Anniversary Mass will take place at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Garfield Heights on March 19th at 10:00am. For more information contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.


First Friday Club of Cleveland. Patrick Gareau, President & CEO, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland. Thursday, March 5, 2020 at The Cleveland City Club, 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 here.

First Friday Club of Akron. Catholic Students from Summit County High Schools, speaking on the topic. How God Has Walked with Me Through High School. Friday, March 6, 2020 at Tangier Restaurant, 532 W. Market St., Akron. More information here

Theology on the Rocks
Theology on the Rocks – West| Monday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. | LOCATION: VOSH, 1414 Riverside Dr., Lakewood | $15 per person | William Toler, Director of Liturgy & Adult Faith, St. Raphael’s Parish presents, “Defending our Faith: Finding the right words to explain our Beliefs.” | To register and for more information click here.

COAR Peace Mission Annual Benefit | Saturday, April 25, 2020, mass at 5pm, reception 6:30-9pm | Center for Pastoral Leadership | Cost: $75 per Person
COAR, the Community Oscar A. Romero, has been a refuge for children in need in El Salvador. It is the oldest organization in the world named for St. Romero. This year we honor the sacrifices of 1980 that were part of COAR’s beginning and our local Cleveland Catholic Community. Sponsorship opportunities available, please phone 440-943-7615 or check our website


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. 

Theology of Forsakenness: Lenten Luncheon | Monday, March 2 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Presented by Carey Dabney | Cost: $30

Lenten Pilgrimage: A 4 Week Course of Pilgrimage | Mondays: March 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Presented by Rev. Liz Nau | Cost: $80

The Way of the Cross for Those in Recovery | Tuesday, March 3 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. OR Monday, March 30 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m | Presented by Fr. Bob Kraig | Cost: FREE. Offer

Women’s Lenten Retreat: Beyond Ash Wednesday | Friday, March 6, 6:00 p.m. - Sunday, March 8, 11:00 a.m. | Presented by Fr. James Strzok, SJ | Cost: $175

Lenten Luncheon: Exploring Lent with New Eyes | Tuesday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Presented by Bill Hobbs |Cost: $30

Send My Roots Rain | Saturday, March 21 from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Presented Kim Langley, M.Ed. | Cost: $35 (includes price of book)

March Morning Prayer for Women | Monday, March 23 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. | With Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC. | Cost: $10

Thomas Merton & Thomas Kelly: A Catholic-Quaker Ecumenical Conversation | Mondays: March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Presented by Dr. Alan Kolp | Cost: $80

Theology of Forsakenness: Evening Talk | Tuesday, March 31 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Presented by Carey Dabney | Cost: $20

The Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development (CPPCD) is having its 47th Annual Summit at Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma from April 26-29, 2020. The Summit theme is Practicing Pastoral Leadership. Day rates are available for commuters for $95 as well as the full summit registration. Click here for more information visit the CPPCD website .

Flyers which may be of interest to readers of the Diocesan Memorandum may be found at 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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