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Diocesan Memorandum

May, 2020 | Vol. 54, no. 5 | Prot. No. C-23/2020

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 Diocesan Administrator has extended the dispensation for the faithful of and in the Diocese of Cleveland from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays until and including May 31, Pentecost Sunday. Nevertheless, it is hoped that public worship may resume on May 30. The faithful are encouraged to view and participate in daily and Sunday Masses available via the various media, and to continue in private prayer, reflection and devotions.

The situation continues to change rapidly and clergy and the lay faithful should consult the diocesan website at for the latest information.

Office for Worship

Copyright Permissions: Scripture and Liturgical Texts
In early March, we received the following notice from Mary Sperry of the CCD/USCCB:

“In light of the health precautions that may become necessary in the coming days and weeks, the USCCB, CCD, and ICEL are waiving any need to request permission to use readings or Mass prayers in a livestreamed liturgy. We are currently working with the dioceses and publishers to make additional resources available.   Please feel free to share with anyone who might need this info. Also, in case it wasn't clear, this applies to both English and Spanish readings and orations.”

As of April 15, 2020, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and the USCCB have extended this permission to December 31, 2020.

Copyright Permissions: ICEL Liturgical Texts
According to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), “No ICEL permission is required to stream or record liturgies. If you wish to put a transcription or guide alongside the recording, this is permitted (assuming the usual conditions about the text being reproduced correctly and the acknowledgement is placed somewhere appropriate) for the duration of the pandemic.”    For the text of the usual acknowledgement, please visit

Copyright Permissions: Music for Livestream Masses
If your parish is performing GIA, OCP, or WLP music in your livestream or pre-recorded liturgies, you can obtain a license through One License at Click on “Member Publishers” for a list of affiliated publishers. Click on “How it Works” for information about Podcast/Streaming Licenses. Special offers may be available during the Covid-19 pandemic for those parishes who will be streaming liturgies until churches reopen.

If your parish is performing music published by CCLI, a license must be secured from CCLI. Information about this license can be found at

To the extent you prefer to use music that is in the public domain in lieu of using copyrighted music, you can visit the webpage of the Church Music Association of America at for a list of music that is in the public domain and that can be used in your broadcast liturgies without a license. Do not assume that a song is in the public domain. You should assume songs are protected by copyright unless proven otherwise.

June 2020 Liturgical Calendar:
The Obligatory Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, is celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost, which this year falls on Monday, June 1. Mass formulary: # 10B of the Votive Masses.  Proper Lectionary readings in English and Spanish are available at

The Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist is celebrated on Wednesday, June 24.  Tuesday evening Masses after 4:00 p.m. and Evening Prayer are that of the Proper Vigil.

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on Friday, June 19.  Thursday evening Masses after 4:00 p.m. and Evening Prayer are that of the Proper Vigil.

The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, is celebrated on Monday, June 29.  Sunday evening Masses after 4:00 p.m. may celebrate either the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time or the Proper Vigil of the Solemnity.   

November 2020 Liturgical Calendar
The Solemnity of All Saints falls on a Sunday this year.  Masses celebrating the Solemnity are to be celebrated beginning after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.  Liturgy of the Hours is of Sunday.  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 Monday, November 2.  There are multiple Scripture options for Masses celebrating this liturgy.  Consult the regional Ordo for a full listing of options.

Ritual Masses are not permitted on All Souls’ Day.  Weddings Within the Mass of the Day may be celebrated.

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 26.  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 CDC 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)

The new liturgical year begins on Sunday, November 29 with the First Sunday of Advent. 


Emergency Response Fund has been established to assist pastors in immediately being able to help families and individuals in the parish community who ask for financial assistance to purchase food, pay their rent, fill their prescriptions or pay utility bills. Pastors can find more information and begin the parish application process at For more information, contact Colleen Rigo, 216-696-6525 x4080.

Universal Offertory Program. To be of assistance to parishes that are not presently set up with online giving, the Diocese has initiated a Universal Offertory Fund with a donation portal at Donors can choose a parish of choice. A parish toolkit which includes text and graphics to promote this program to parishioners can be found at:

2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal

Though we are many, we are one in Christ – During this unprecedented crisis know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that together we will get through this as we continue to help those most affected by the pandemic throughout Northeast Ohio.

More than 45,000 households will receive a letter from Fr. Don Oleksiak the week of 4 May and another 30,000 the week of 25 May inviting them to donate to this year’s appeal and to take advantage of a $100,000 Matching Gift Challenge. For an immediate impact donate online at, Text CCHOPE to 41444.

Parishes can go to for updated parish stats and bulletin announcements.

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

Follow-Up Parish In-Pew Appeal scheduled for May 16-17 has been postponed.


If you wish to make any changes to your current coverage, Health Care Plans - Enrollment/Change forms must be sent to the Health Benefits Office no later than May 15.  Any changes will be effective July 1

We understand that many of you have not been able to get your annual physical due to doctors’ offices cancelling physical appointments because of COVID-19.  We are relaxing the annual physical incentive requirements and deadlines for this year.  We ask that you simply complete the form for the tobacco section and send it to us, preferably by e-mail by May 1

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.  The forms are to be received by May 1 otherwise a surcharge of $650. Per month will apply. 

Details on incentives and other important information and forms for this year’s open enrollment can be found at  Contact the Employee Benefits Office, at (216) 696-6525, ext. 5040 or with any questions.  Note that we are working remotely with limited access to the office but are getting the U.S. mail once or twice a week only.  


Diocesan Social Action Office

 CRS Rice Bowl Collections (in light of COVID-19 stay at home)
Many have asked about how to collect Rice Bowls this year as parishes and schools are likely to remain closed through the rest of the Lenten season.  No matter how families send in their Rice Bowls, the funds collected will be split with 75% going to CRS to fund global relief and 25% staying in the Diocese of Cleveland to support our Emergency Hunger and Shelter Fund at Catholic Charities. With everyone ramping up support in response to COVID-19, these funds are more important than ever. All Rice Bowl funds need to be turned in or donated online before August 31st. 

Families may turn in their Lenten gifts in the following ways: Online: English or Spanish ; By Phone: Call 877-435-7277 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time.  Tell the operator that the gift is for CRS Rice Bowl ; By Mail: Please write “CRS Rice Bowl” in the memo line of your check and mail it to: Catholic Relief Services, CRS Rice Bowl, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303. YouTube video on How to Turn in Rice Bowls.

Catholic Commission of Cuyahoga County Award Nominations (deadline extended May 10)
The Catholic Commission of Cuyahoga County Peace and Justice Awards Luncheon honors youth, local individuals, parishes and organizations who are outstanding in their work for on behalf of human dignity and community improvement). We are seeking award nominations for the 2020 awards luncheon.  Do you know an outstanding young person, individual or organization with a commitment to social justice, peace, and human dignity? Click here for our online forms.


The Catholic Cemeteries Association is constantly monitoring guidance set by the CDC, the State of Ohio, and the Diocese of Cleveland in regard to stopping the spread of COVID-19.  With that in mind, many of our scheduled events have been postponed or moved to a different format. To view our most updated calendar of events, please visit our website.


Jesuit Retreat Center Programs, 5629 State Road, Parma, Ohio 44134

Please click here for a list of future retreats and programs, along with any postponed or canceled events.

There are no flyers or Family Perspectives with the May 2020 Diocesan Memorandum

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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