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Diocesan Memorandum - May 2019

Vol. 53, no. 5 | Prot. No. C-26/2019

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.


Office of Catechetical Services Collection:
Each year in the Diocese of Cleveland a special collection is taken up in all the parishes to support the ministries of the Office of Catechetical Services. The Office of Catechetical Services focuses on supporting and enhancing the catechetical initiative throughout the Diocese and supports faith formation for all including adult faith formation, catechetical leader training and catechist formation for teachers of religion, PSR programs, media literacy, and the Newman Campus Ministry program. This year the collection will be held on the weekend of 11-12 May 2019. A contribution to the Office of Catechetical Services is an investment in faith formation and religious education throughout the Diocese of Cleveland. Please encourage giving to this very special collection.

Office for Worship

CORRECTION: Last month, we erroneously listed the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist as a Thursday. September 6, 2019 is a FRIDAY. Apologies for the error.

JUNE REMINDERS: Confirmation at the Cathedral on the Vigil of Pentecost, Saturday, June 8th at 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required; contact the Cathedral to register.

The new Obligatory Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, is celebrated Monday, June 10th. Mass formulary: # 10B of the Votive Masses. Proper Lectionary readings in English and Spanish are available at

Consecutive Solemnities: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ on Sunday, June 23rd is followed by the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on Monday, June 24th. Sunday evening Masses and Evening Prayer are that of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, and the Vigil Mass and readings of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist are not used in 2019.

Consecutive Solemnities: The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 28th is followed by the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, on Saturday, June 29th. The Sacred Heart takes precedence for Friday evening Masses and for Evening Prayer. Masses during the day on Saturday should celebrate SS Peter and Paul. Masses after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday should be anticipated Masses for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. There is freedom that evening to choose whether to pray Evening Prayer II of Saints Peter and Paul or Evening Prayer I of the Sunday.

November 2019 Liturgical Calendar:
The Solemnity of All Saints is a holy day of obligation, and Ritual Masses are not permitted. Vigil Masses for All Saints may be celebrated after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31st. Masses celebrating the Solemnity are to be celebrated on Friday, November 1st. While Evening Prayer for the Dead may be celebrated following Evening Prayer II of All Saints, a Vigil Mass for All Souls’ Day is not celebrated.

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day) is not a holy day of obligation. Masses celebrating All Souls’ are to be celebrated on Saturday, November 2nd, prior to 4:00 p.m. There are multiple Scripture options for this Mass. Consult the regional Ordo for a full listing of options.

Ritual Masses are not permitted before 4:00 p.m. on All Souls’ Day. Weddings Within the Mass of the Day may be celebrated before 4:00 p.m. Please see the diocesan Annual Liturgical Notes for a fuller description of a Wedding Within the Mass of the Day. Masses after 4:00 p.m. normally celebrate the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. Wedding Ritual Masses are permitted after 4:00 p.m.

The “Order for Visiting a Cemetery on All Souls’ Day…” (Book of Blessings #1734-1754) may be used by a priest, deacon, lay minister, or a family, either immediately following Mass or apart from Mass. If this is done immediately following Mass, the blessing and dismissal of Mass are omitted. The priest may wear either a chasuble or cope for the procession to the cemetery, and a suitable psalm/song may be sung. If this service is used by a family, a family member takes the minister’s parts.

Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 28th. The Proper Mass is used, with white vestments. “Thanksgiving Day is a holiday with special religious significance…Individuals may bring food to be blessed for their Thanksgiving dinner [to Mass]. Food may also be blessed that will be distributed to the poor” (Book of Blessings #1755-1756). Thanksgiving Day coincides with the diocesan Special Day of Prayer for the Harvest and Fruits of the Earth. The “Order for a Blessing on the Occasion of Thanksgiving for the Harvest” may be celebrated outside Mass by a priest, deacon, or lay minister (Book of Blessings #1007-1023).


Wedding dates when parties are not free to marry
Priests, deacons, and lay ecclesial ministers are reminded that it is not permitted to give a couple who wish to marry in the Church a date on the parish calendar (“pencil it in,” give an oral confirmation that the date is available, etc.) until IF and when it has been determined that both parties are free to marry. If a tribunal case is pending, this means that no date can be discussed unless and until the prior marriage has been found to be invalid and the time for appeal has expired.

It is not permitted to begin pre-marital preparation unless and until the Tribunal has notified the party that he/she is free to marry in the Catholic Church. Problems evident in the case which declared the invalidity of a marriage and called for a prohibition may need to be addressed before marriage can be attempted again. An invitation to begin pre-marital preparation before a case has been concluded may be interpreted as a promise on the part of the parish minister that a wedding can take place when, in fact, that may not be true. Not following this directive has been a cause for embarrassment, anger at the Church, and a considerable financial loss for the couples and their families. Civil action against the parish minister, parish, and diocese may result.


2019 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal
A second letter from Bishop Perez will mail the week of May 13thinviting parishioners to donate to this year’s appeal. Donations can be made online.

Follow-Up Parish Appeal May 18-19 – funds raised benefit campers with disabilities: All parishes will conduct the Follow-Up in-Pew Appeal this weekend. Funds raised will benefit Camp Christopher’s camps for children and adults with disabilities. $100,000 Challenge Grant: follow-up appeal gifts made at the parish or online will be matched up to $100,000.

See here for updated parish statistics and timely appeal information.

Contact Karen Joyce at or 216-696-6525 x1910 with questions.

Annual Appeal for Priestly Formation
Letters will be mailed May 28threquesting support for our seminaries. Online gifts can be made here or by calling Karen Joyce at 216-696-6525 x1910.

Stewardship Office

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. Our June offering is ‘Mass Exodus: Why They Stop Coming and How to Get them Back,’ June 11, Presented by Lorene Duquin, a Catholic author and lecturer.

Offertory Solutions
Over 30 parishes are expecting to take advantage of the diocesan incentive offered to parishes conducting an offertory appeal in years 2019 or 2020. If you are considering a fall appeal, now is the time to take action. Please contact Terri Preskar, Director of Stewardship at (800) 869-6525 or (216) 696-6525 x5090 to learn more.

Charitable Giving Ideas for 2019
Did you know that gifting appreciated stock (held more than one year) to a charitable organization such as Catholic Charities or your parish may allow you to deduct the stock’s full value and bypass capital gains tax? In addition, if you are 70 ½ or older, you may be able to reduce your taxable income this year with a gift made directly from your IRA to a qualified charity such as Catholic Charities or your parish. Your accountant or IRA administrator can help you understand how the IRA Charitable Rollover works and the particular steps you can take to lower your taxes and help Catholic Charities, your parish or a diocesan ministry. Learn more here or by contacting Sandy Lucas of the Catholic Community Foundation at (216) 696-6525 x1640.


Healthcare Open Enrollment - Important Dates
Healthcare open enrollment begins April 29 and ends on May 17. The 2019 Annual Physical and Tobacco Attestation Form is due on May 1. Your 2019/2020 benefits are effective July 1. All eligible employees were sent our Benefits Insider newsletter with all the details for this year’s open enrollment. It can also be found on our website .

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


Memorial Day Mass Schedule:
Catholic Cemeteries Association will celebrate Memorial Day Mass at twelve locations on Monday, May 27, 2019. Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at most locations and 9 a.m. at few locations. Click here for specific locations and times of the Memorial Day Masses as well as other memorial events throughout the year. If you have further questions please contact Rhonda Abrams, Bereavement Coordinator at 216-930-4866.

Monthly Grief Support
The next grief support group meeting will be on Sunday May 19 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 May topic will be ‘Your New Normal. What is Normal?’ No reservations required. Visit our website or contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.


Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Annual Retreat from July 26, 7:00 PM to July 27, 7:00 PM at Loyola Retreat House. "Ministering with a Compassionate Heart” directed by Maureen Dowd. Details available here.

Upcoming events

Lay Ecclesial Ministry benefit dinner May 3, 2019, 6-9p.m.


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 to download the Family Perspectives (June 2019)

Renewing the Covenant is a presentation for engaged or married-couples about Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Natural Family Planning. We explore these two questions: “Why do you want to be married?” and “How can we thrive in our marriage?” To help answer these questions we will introduce Theology of the Body and how we are called to reflect God’s love with our bodies. Friday May 10, 2019; 7:00 p.m., at Holy Angels Parish, 18205 Chillicothe Rd. Chagrin Falls, OH 44023.

Office for Human Life

Healing After Abortion
Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, recently wrote to bishops to encourage their priests to take advantage of preaching opportunities to ensure that their parishes are, as Pope Francis says, “islands of mercy in a sea of indifference.” Below are two of the resources that were shared with the bishops:

General Homily Considerations for Healing After Abortion

Project Rachel Ministry Overview

Many women feel this 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 call Peggy Gerovac, Director of Office for Human Life at 216/334-2965.

Religious Freedom Week 2019: Strength in Hope takes place from June 22 to 29
Please use this 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.

Catholic Charities Summit County

The 24th annual Catholic Charities Summit County Golf Outing will be June 6, 2019, at Mayfair in Uniontown. Come out and support Catholic Charities programming at Camp Christopher for those with developmental disabilities. It will be a day full of fun, great food and fellowship. For a paper form, call 330-762-2961, ext. 220, email Carl Bako or click here to register.


First Friday Clubs 

First Friday Club of Akron. 
June 7, 2019, Jerry Monroe, Co-Founder of AM 1260 ‘The Rock’ will speak on the topic How did Catholic radio make it onto the Cleveland airwaves & what does the “new evangelization” really mean, anyway?

The National Association of Catholic Nurses
All active and retired nurses are welcome to join us during National Nurses’ Week on Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a special Mass at St. Thomas More Parish, 4170 North Amber Drive, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144. Reception will follow. This event is sponsored by the Diocese of Cleveland Sodality of Catholic Nurses, which is the local affiliate of The National Association of Catholic Nurses ( RSVP is not necessary but would be helpful. For more information contact Clarice DeJesus RN, 440-479-4996.

Theology on the Rocks

Theology on the Rocks - West - For adults 40 and over. Why Mary? with Sr. Mary McCormick, Professor of Systemic Theology at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. Monday May 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Copper Cup (Ironwood Café) 680 Dover Center Road, Westlake. $10 (pay at the door) including includes appetizers. Cash bar. Registration and more information click here or email.


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. 

Ignatian Currents: Ignatian Pilgrim, Pilgrimage as an Essential Ignatian Activity, Presented by Fr. Brendan McManus, SJ. Friday May 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday May 4, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. See Website for Pricing Options

May Pre-Baptism Class for Parents. May 13. 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. This class is for parents seeking to have their infants baptized into the Catholic faith and meets sacramental preparation requirements of the Diocese of Cleveland. Cost: $20/couple.

May Morning Prayer for Women. Led by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, S.C. May 20. 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Cost of $8 includes coffee and pastry.

8 Day (May 21- 28) Summer Individually Directed Retreat (IDR). Tuesday, May 21 - Tuesday May 28. Spiritual Directors: Sr. Mary Ann Burke, SND, Martha Campbell, Nancy Rowell and Fr. Matt Roche, SJ. Cost of $675 includes room, board and director’s stipend.

Presentation & Book Signing - Send My Roots Rain: A Companion on the Grief Journey. An evening with Kim Langley, M.Ed. based on her book published by Paraclete Press for grievers AND all who support and minister to them. May 30. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost: $45 (includes book).

Tom Deere AA Men's Retreat - Serenity: Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Presented by Fr. Neil Walters. May 31 - June 2. Friday 6:00 pm - Sunday 11:00 am. Cost: $165 (Financial assistance available).

Your feedback on the new format for the Diocesan Memorandum is welcomed. Please send comments or suggestions to Mrs. Ann Marie Perkins.

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 Mrs. Ann Marie Perkins by the 15th of the preceding month. Guidelines for submissions are available here.

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