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Diocesan Memorandum

May, 2022 | Vol. 56, no. 5 | Prot. No. C-15/2022

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.


Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist


Cathedral St John Concerts

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. 

May 13, Friday at 7:30pm | Quire Cleveland | Dr. Jay White, Artistic Director | Resonant Glory: Music for Grand Spaces


Parish Legacy Gift Opportunities
The Catholic Community Foundation has many different resources to assist your parish in promoting legacy gifts in support of your parish. If you are interested in these opportunities, please email Jean Ann Montagna or call her at 216-696-6525 x8070.

FreeWill: A Free, Legal Will Building Resource for Your Parishioners
The Catholic Community Foundation has partnered with FreeWill to offer a free, legal will building resource to your parishioners. It is a great tool for them to support your parish for years to come. In this 30 minute webinar, FreeWill staff will explain how it works and how to promote it with your parishioners. CCF staff will also be there to answer any questions and provide templates for promoting this opportunity in your parish. Register at:

New Learning Session: Enhanced Offertory Appeals | May 24 / 1-2 PM
As part of the Catholic Community’s Foundation series of information, interactive online learning sessions for parishes, this month’s offering provides practical ways to encourage intentional and meaningful giving to the weekly offertory. Join Catholic Community Foundation staff members and representatives from Our Sunday Visitor for a structured Enhanced Offertory Program that will help to increase parishioner investment in the mission and ministries vital to the Church, and cultivate stewardship awareness increase parishioner utilization of electronic giving and new member registrations, and more. Click here to register.

Angel Scholarship Fund Marketing Toolkit
A comprehensive marketing toolkit is available to parish and school leaders for promoting the Angel Scholarship Fund. Click here to find a direct mail kit, downloadable videos, logos, contribution form, flyers, posters, brochures, QR codes and a 6-week marketing calendar. For more information, contact Linda Corcoran, 216-696-6525 x1042.

For your weekly bulletin:

Angel Scholarship Fund: Your Taxes, Their Tuition, Our Future
Make a charitable donation to the Angel Scholarship Fund and “turn tax dollars into tuition” through an Ohio income tax credit of up to $750 ($1,500 if married filing jointly) against your 2022 state tax liability. Donations can be designated to benefit <Insert School Name> or another school in the Diocese of Cleveland.


Diocesan Synodal Process
Please see the latest update on the Diocesan Synodal Process here.  Thank you for all you are doing to make this process fruitful.

Hispanic Ministry Office

Instituto Emaús- Escuela de Discípulos Misioneros | Emmaus Institute- School of Missionary Disciples | May 28, 9am-4pm | Center for Pastoral Leadership
Introduction to Theology. For more information about this event, please contact Misael Mayorga at 216-374-9440 or by email.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Information and Application to LEM Certification Process and Summer Orientation | Center for Pastoral Leadership
Join lay ecclesial ministry candidates for prayer and learn about the formation process for Certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister in our diocese. Meet some of our candidates in formation, become aware of networking and spiritual growth opportunities along with academic options. Our last “Visit Formation Night” is on Friday, May 20, from 6:30-8:30pm. Orientation Sessions are held in mid-August so now is the time to apply. For more information or to RSVP to attend, please contact Pattie Batchman at 440-943-7669 or by email

Office for Marriage and Family Ministry

SS. Anne & Joachim Grandparent & Seniors Workshop | May 31, 9am-2pm | Holy Martyrs, Medina
Grandparents are vital to passing on the faith. The Vicar for Evangelization, in collaboration with the offices of Marriage and Family Ministry, Missionary Discipleship, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry, will offer another SS. Anne and Joachim Grandparent & Seniors Workshop.  After the original four workshops in March and April, with the final one selling out, requests were made to hold another session.

Parish staff who are looking to minister better to this population are highly encouraged to attend.  Please help promote this to your parish. Download the flyer for your bulletin from the registration page.

This will be an opportunity to talk about ways that grandparents can share their faith with their grandchildren and offer some practical tools that can be used. The workshop will include brunch and a closing Mass. Cost is $10 per person. Register online

Advertising your Pre-Cana Event
Advertising your parish Pre-Cana event on the Diocesan website has been simplified. The new format can be found here.

MFM Newsletter
If you would like to receive the Marriage and Family Ministry e-newsletter, click here and choose “Marriage & Family” in the newsletter preferences.

Youth Ministry

Blessed Carlo Institute for Youth Ministers | August 9-12, 2022 | Center for Pastoral Leadership
The Blessed Carlo Institute for Youth Ministers is a four-day, three-night formation experience that includes classes each morning taught by seminary professors, afternoon workshops by ministry experts, off-campus excursions, daily Mass, and more. It is part of a three-year curriculum, though each summer stands alone and will not be a pre-requisite for the following year. It will be a key component of youth ministry certification from our diocese, and will be available as part of a 1-credit MA course in Pastoral Theology from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology.

Adults who minister to youth in grades 6-12 as parish youth ministers, school campus ministers, pastoral ministers, catechists, volunteers, and more are encouraged to attend. Pastors, please consider asking your staff members who work with youth to attend and consider covering the fee for their training.

Fr. Damian Ference and Francine Costantini are the co-Directors of the Blessed Carlo Institute. More information and registration link here.

Young Adult Ministry

West Side Young Adults Casino Night | May 5, 6:30pm  | St. Christopher Parish
Roulette, Texas Hold ’Em, and Poker with professional dealers, slot machines, bartender, magician, Mexican catering, prizes, and more. $25 food and game ticket. Reserve your spot here.

World Youth Day | Summer 2023 | Lisbon, Portugal
Trip packages with Franciscan Spirit Tours include:

  • World Youth Day:  5 Days at World Youth Day including Festival events, Welcome Ceremony for the Holy Father, Via Crucis (Way of the Cross), Pilgrimage Walk and Vigil with the Pope under the stars, Morning Mass with the Pope.   Total Estimated Cost: $3495
  • World Youth Day + 10 day Portugal Camino Pilgrimage: Join us as we walk the Portuguese Camino.  We'll see the Fatima Shrine, and walk on average of 20km/day for 6 days after visiting and experiencing Fatima and then we will join the WYD Pilgrimage with the Holy Father.  Total Estimated Cost: $4490

Contact Mike Hayes to begin the process of registering.

Catholic Renewal Ministries

Catholic Renewal Ministries’ 39th Annual Conference | Saturday, July 16, 2022 | St. Albert the Great Parish Reception Hall
All are invited to our annual conference. This year’s theme is “Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks”.  Guest speakers will be Bishop Sam Jacobs, Sr. Marie Fidelis from the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ Community, and Fr. Bob Franco.  Visit the CRM website or call Sandy at 440-554-8119 for more information and to register.  Advance registration postmarked by Wednesday, July 6th, is $30, and at the door $35.  Come, experience the healing power and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Healing Mass | Friday, May 27, 7 pm | St John Vianney Church
Fr. Bob Franco will celebrate.  Praise and worship will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the liturgy will start at 7:30 p.m.  Healing Prayer teams will be available after Mass for individual prayer.  For more information, please contact CRM at 440-944-9445.  Come and bring a friend.  This will be a time to truly encounter the Lord.

Stark County Chapter of Magnificat Breakfast | Saturday, June 4, 8:30 am | Walsh University, Barrette Center, North Canton
Join us in a special time of fellowship and sharing. Micky Wolf will be the guest speaker.  Open seating.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.  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 Rosemary Pfiffner at 330-904-6096. Registration Options:

Reservations cannot be accepted after May 21.

Charismatic Celebration of Mass on Pentecost | Sunday, June 5, 2pm | St. Peter Parish, North Ridgeville
The celebration will start with praise and worship led by Fr. Bob Franco. After Mass, there will be an opportunity for individual prayer for healing, and fellowship time. For more information, please contact CRM at 440-944-9445. All are invited to celebrate Pentecost as a community and join in as we pray, in power, for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


Please visit for our most updated schedule of events.

Memorial Day Masses – Monday, May 30th:
Catholic Cemeteries Association will celebrate Memorial Day Mass at various cemetery locations and three parishes on Monday, May 30, 2022.  Several Cemetery Masses will be outdoors so please inform parishioners to bring a lawn chair and an umbrella in case of inclement weather.  Mass times are 10 a.m. except where noted as 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., or 9:30 a.m.  Visit the “Events” tab on our website 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 at 216-930-4866.


First Friday Club of Akron
Bob DiBiasio, Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs, Cleveland Indians/Guardians | Friday, May 6, 2022 | Our Lady of Cedars, 507 South Cleveland Massillon Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333 | Registration and more information here.

First Friday Club of Cleveland
Jennifer Ricard, Executive Director, Theology of the Body Cleveland | Thursday, May 5, 2022, 11:30 am-1:00pm | The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44114 | Registration and more information here.

A Catholic’s Walk with Death, Dying and Consolation
A 3-week presentation, Thursdays - May 5, 12, 19, 2022, 7-8:30 PM at St. Patrick Parish, 3602 Bridge Ave. Cleveland sponsored by the Consolation Team.  For more information, contact Kathy Wadowick, 216 631-6872 or email .

Theology on the Rocks
MIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICES | Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND | Monday, May 9 – 7pm | La Centre 25777 Detroit Road, Westlake | Click here for more information.


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. 

May Sabbath Days - a Personal Retreat Day | Tuesday, May 10 from 8:30am - 3:30pm | $50

May Morning Prayer for Women | Monday, May 16 from 9:30 - 11:00am | Free Will Offering (walk-ins welcome, registration is no longer required).

May 7-Night Directed Retreat | Sunday, May 22, 5:30pm - Sunday, May 29, 1:00pm | $725

May Weekend Directed Retreat | Friday, May 27, 5:30pm - Sunday, May 29, 1:00pm | $250

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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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