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Offices Chancellor Diocesan Memorandum November 2021

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Diocesan Memorandum

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.


Bishop Edward C. Malesic has appointed Lisa M. Durst as Secretary of Parish Life and Development, replacing Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND, who retired from the position in August.

Ms. Durst will work under the direction of the Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia for the diocese, and will provide leadership for the offices of the Secretariat. She also will work collaboratively with the bishop’s senior staff, parishes and various other groups within the diocese. Among her duties, Ms. Durst will be responsible for collaborating with the Vicar for Evangelization for the purpose of planning and executing diocesan wide initiatives, recommending programming and resources for diocesan wide initiatives, and preparing reports in areas of responsibility.

In addition, she will lead Secretariat planning and goal setting, budgeting and evaluation of programming and performance results. Her responsibilities also include working with the international community as well as overseeing ministry to the incarcerated.


Catholic Campaign for Human Development National Collection: 20-21-22 November 2021
Many American families are struggling to make ends meet, but the struggle is even more difficult for the nearly 46.2 million Americans living in poverty. Your donation will empower local communities and strengthen families that are on the margins.  Parishes and organizations in the Diocese of Cleveland are using the funds from the CCHD campaign via awarded grants to bring about real change and sustainable processes that help people in poverty break this cycle.  Please help us continue this good work by supporting the collection for CCHD.

Help support the mission and work of CCHD by:

  • Praying for the nearly 46.2 million Americans who feel the negative impact of the economy which includes job loss, salary freezes and reduction of benefits while trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Announcing the CCHD Appeal in the weeks before hand and distributing the promotional materials which each parish will receive in the mail.
  • Sharing the stories of our funded groups - for a listing of funded diocesan projects visit the Diocesan Social Action Office webpage.
  • Talking about the letter that parishioners received in the mail from Bishop Malesic concerning the CCHD collection in parish announcements, pastors columns, parish social media and parish website. 

Bulletin Announcements are available here. For parish resources visit the National Collections website. This year, parishioners and our community can donate online


#weGiveCatholic (suggested bulletin announcement)
In the Spirit of Thanksgiving – You can participate in Giving Tuesday
You have heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday – now you can share your blessings on Tuesday, November 30: Giving Tuesday. All day around the globe, people are asked to contribute to their favorite charities and nonprofits. The Diocese of Cleveland asks you to be part of Northeast Ohio’s Online Day of Catholic Giving: #weGiveCatholic, which allows you to contribute to 200+ Catholic schools, parishes, Catholic Charities programs and sites, ministries, and other Catholic nonprofits in Northeast Ohio. Simply use your computer or smartphone on Tuesday, November 30 to access, search the list of participants and donate to your favorites. In the spirit of the season of gratitude, remember to Give Catholic on Giving Tuesday.

Planned Giving
Year-End Giving (suggested bulletin announcement):
In this season of giving, consider making a year-end gift to our parish in gratitude for all the blessings you have received in life. As you plan to make the most of your charitable donations in 2021, know that we gratefully accept gifts of cash and appreciated assets such as stocks or bonds. We wanted to take this time to remind you of some important CARES Act provisions that are scheduled to expire at year’s end. These provisions may affect you—and even make it easier for you to make a gift to your parish. They include:

  • An expanded charitable giving incentive that allows taxpayers who take the standard deduction to make up to $300 in charitable cash contributions for single filers ($600 for married couples) to qualified charities like ours this year.
  • For those who do itemize their deductions, the law allows for cash contributions to qualified charities such as ours to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2021 calendar year.

And, if you are 70 ½ or older, you may be able to make a gift of a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA that will help us in our ministry and reduce your taxable income. Talk to your advisors and IRA administrator for more information and to be sure that your IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution gift is made directly from an IRA to a qualified charity such as our parish.  Questions? Contact XXX in our parish office at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or via email at ________. You are also welcome to contact Jean Ann Montagna of the Catholic Community Foundation at 216-696-6525 x8070.

Catholic Community Foundation Professional Advisors Seminar
Join fellow professional advisors from the legal, tax, trust, insurance, and wealth management disciplines on Thursday, November 18th (1:00-4:30 p.m. followed by cocktails/networking) at the Diocesan offices 1404 E. Ninth St. Seminar topics include philanthropy, charitable, and tax planning, and ethics for estate planners. CLE credit available. $50 registration; $25 for Catholic Lawyers Guild members. Click here for details and to register or contact Christina Wilson at 216-696-6525 x4080.

Catholic Charities Annual Appeal
2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal – a total of $12,884,930 has been raised as of September 30. 

Solicitation Letter: During the week of  November 15, 65,000 households will be receiving a letter from Bishop Malesic asking for support of the 2021 Annual Appeal with a monetary gift. The letter will emphasize supporting the hungry and homeless population throughout the Diocese. To make an immediate impact, parishioners can donate online donations at

Save the Date: The 2022 Annual Appeal will take place in all parishes Feb. 19-20, with the Follow Up Appeal on May 14-15. Email Sarah Gozur or call 216-696-6525 x1910 with questions.

Human Development Annual Appeal – supporting economic growth in low-income neighborhoods: Your gift will help those affected by poverty to have a voice in the development of their communities. To give online, go to or contact Debra Sudy at 216-696-6525 x3670.


Cyber Educational Seminar, sponsored by the Diocese of Cleveland | November 4, 2021, 1:30 - 2:30 PM | 1404 E. Ninth St., Rappe Room, Diocesan Offices or Virtual attendance via Microsoft Teams | Click here to register.

This educational topic is focused on Diocese of Cleveland parishes.  Please see below this important announcement regarding the management of your cyber security risk.  As you all know, cyber risk is increasing all the time and your systems are exposed even with some of the best products installed to prevent cyber-attacks.  Further, our insurance coverage in the diocese is very limited and some of the steps you can take to protect yourself may save you money and significant inconvenience.  Please consider having at least one person from your parish office attend this important cyber risk session.

This short educational session will provide you with information regarding current Cyber threats and how to successfully reduce the likelihood of being subject to such an attack.  Unfortunately, the Diocese of Cleveland has seen an increase in the impact of Cyber threats and claims associated with attacks.  This session will include Cyber experts in law, insurance and technology as well as business managers from parishes that have been subject to such Cyber threats. This no-cost session would be very valuable to all business managers of the Diocese and encourage you to attend, either in-person at the Diocese or virtually via Microsoft Teams. 

Please email Chris Easton, Assistant Finance Officer and Director of Risk Management at the Diocese or call (216) 696-6525 ext. 3920 for any questions. Thank for your consideration of this important educational topic. 

Ohio Minimum Wage for 2022
Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase from $8.80 to $9.30 per hour for non-tipped employees on January 1, 2022.  Please download the new poster and display it with your other labor law posters.  Check here to make sure all of your labor law posters are up-to-date. Contact Donna Speagle, in Human Resources, at (216) 696-6525, ext. 8760 or with any questions.  


Kay Colby has joined the Office of Communications as Multimedia Communications Senior Producer.  She will be creating inspiring video content that focuses on the life of the Church in the diocese.

Ms. Colby comes to the diocese after creating video content for the American Association for Cancer Research in Philadelphia. Prior to that, she worked for WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN, Ideastream in Cleveland, where she helped build and lead the station’s award-winning health unit. Kay began her career as a reporter for various NBC stations across the country. She also worked for Medstar Television, where she produced a daily health magazine show for the Discovery Channel along with several episodes of the highly-acclaimed crime show Forensic Files. Kay has a degree in Communication Studies from UCLA and is the recipient of many journalism awards including seven National Headliners and eight regional Emmys.


Retirement Fund for the Religious
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious donation and collection will be on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12, 2021.   Funding to support aging religious communities this year is critical, as donations go directly for medications, nursing care and other cost of living needs.  The season of giving is unique this year and in addition to in pew or weekend collections, parishes are encouraged to promote electronic giving or mail donations to the diocese office of Clergy and Religious.  Included in this memo are bulletin inserts and graphics that may be used on parish websites. Click here for more information or email Christina Harrison


Office for Hispanic Ministry

Instituto Emaús- Escuela de Discípulos Misioneros | Emmaus Institute- School of Missionary Disciples | November 20, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  | Holy Name Church, Cleveland

A comprehensive formation program for parish volunteers to facilitate their work in ministry as group leaders and ministry coordinators. This will be the fourth and final unit of the biblical formation module, “The Gospels and Christology”. Visit our website for more information or contact Ana Eslaquit at 216-696-6525, ext. 2530 or by email.

Office of Missionary Discipleship

“The Joyfully Captivating Missionary Disciple Telling Our Story” Workshop | Saturday, November 6, 9:00 a.m. – 12noon | Center for Pastoral Leadership (Aula)

All are invited to "The Joyfully Captivating Missionary Disciple Telling Our Story” workshop with Miguel Chavez, Director of the diocesan Office of Missionary Discipleship.  In this session, we will consider the importance of storytelling in our call as missionary disciples and discern practical strategies for sharing the good news. See the event flyer and register here. This is the first of a 3-session workshop series. You are welcome to participate in one, two or all three sessions.  Find out more about each session (Nov. 6, Dec. 11, and Jan. 8) here.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office

Congratulations to Our Newly Certified Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Bishop Malesic celebrated Mass in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on October 23, celebrating the Certification of five Lay Ecclesial Ministers: Mr. Stephen Biro, Pastoral Associate at St. Anthony of Padua, Fairport Harbor; Mrs. Deborah Bruening from Gesu Parish; Mrs. Melissa DiFini from Divine Word Parish; Mrs. Debra Kacsala, Director of Religious Education at St. Cyprian Parish; and Mrs. Mary Lou Ozimek, Assistant Executive Director, Catholic Community Foundation from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. These dedicated ministers have completed three years or more of spiritual and pastoral formation, college-level theology courses, mentoring in various areas of ministry and field experiences. We are thankful for their commitment to serve our diocesan community.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office relocated to Schrembs Hall
The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office is now located on the second floor in Shrembs Hall at the Center for Pastoral Leadership. To visit our office, check in with the receptionist at the Euclid Ave. entrance, or call our office 440-943-7600 to enter the building.

Office for Marriage and Family Ministry

Bereavement Ministers Retreat
December 10, 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. |Jesuit Retreat Center
Join us for a day of continuing education, retreat and reflection.  Download a flyer to share with your staff and register here.  Contact Terri Yohman for more information.

Mental Health First Aid
Whether you’re new to the world of mental health or already have the next great idea, our goal is to help you figure out where your voice and skills can fit in. There is a Catholic Mental Health Ministry Association and the first step to starting a ministry is to get your parishioners and staff on board with Mental Health First Aid. If you would like more information about planning and scheduling an awareness session, or if you would like to bring the free MHFA training resource to your parish, school or to parents, please contact Terri Yohman. Additionally, if you have already taken MHFA and want to start a ministry in your parish, we would love to hear from you.

Family Perspectives for Advent are available on our website.

Young Adult Ministry

All young people age 18-30ish are welcome to attend the November events for Young Adult Ministry:

West Side

  • Nov 10 | Evening of Service | St. Luke, 6pm
  • Thursdays | The Grapevine: A young adult discussion and social group | St. Luke, 7 pm | @grapevine.cle


  • Nov 10 | Firepit Discussion with our Vicar for Evangelization, Fr. Damian Ference | St. Charles Borromeo, 7PM

@7on17th - Downtown Young Adult Hub

St. Peter, Cleveland

The new downtown hub @7on17th is the latest young adult outreach re-evangelizing downtown, with Fr. Phil Bernier leading the charge. All events take place at 7pm, unless noted, find more information here.

First Annual Diocesan Young Adult Mass
November 21, 5:30 p.m. | Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Pope Francis has asked Catholic churches around the world to renew their celebration of youth and young people on Christ the King Sunday, to help connect younger generations with “the Mystery of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of Man” (Homily, Nov. 22, 2020).  Join us for a Diocesan Young Adult Mass at the Cathedral to celebrate both Christ the King Sunday and young people.  Our celebrant will be Bishop Malesic and Fr. Damian Ference, Vicar for Evangelization will be our homilist. A celebration will take place immediately following the Mass.

Catholic Renewal Ministries

Magnificat Ministry Breakfast
December 4, 9:00 a.m. | Walsh University
Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth Chapter of Magnificat, a women’s ministry modeled after the Visitation, invites you to join us for a special time of fellowship and sharing. Find mail-in registration ($22) here, or sign up online ($23).  Open seating.  Doors open at 8:30 am.  There will be an optional Mass at 8:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel on the Walsh campus. Reservations close November 27th.  For further information call Joan Spieth at 330-933-8778.


Disability Services & Ministries

Employment Opportunity Working with Persons who are Deaf and Blind
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland is seeking mission driven candidates to join the Disability Ministries’ team as an Advocate/Services Coordinator.  In this role you will create greater access and strengthen involvement in the life of the Church and community by advocating for individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind, those with mental illness and those with cognitive disabilities.  If you are fluent in sign language and reverse interpreting, please apply online . You can also email Marilyn Scott or call 216-334-2962.


Cemetery Sunday Mass | Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Join us in the celebration of Mass.  Cemetery Sunday Mass is schedule for November 7, 2021 at 3 p.m.   Mass will be celebrated at the following cemeteries. For more information please email Rhonda Abrams or call 216-930-4866


First Friday Club of Akron
T.K. Griffith, Archbishop Hoban High School Principal | Friday, November 5, 2021 | Our Lady of Cedars, 507 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333 | Registration and more information here .

First Friday Club of Cleveland
Andrew Philbin, Sidewalk Advocates for Life | Thursday, 4 November 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m
The CitY Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114 | | Registration and more information here.

Theology on the Rocks
Spreading the Good News | Fr. Damian Ference, Vicar for Evangelization | Monday, November 8, 2021, 7:00 p.m. | Double Tree Inn by Hilton, 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. 

November Morning Prayer for Women | Monday, November 15 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. | Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC | $10

November Sabbath Days - a Personal Retreat Day | Monday, November 22 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | $50

Cinema and Conversation: Soul | Monday, November 22 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Free Will Offering

Sr. Ignatia AA Women's Recovery Retreat | Friday, November 26, 6:00 p.m. - Sunday, November 28, 11:00 a.m. | Rebecca N., Therese M-B., Kathy F. and Sue R. | $200

Seasonal Journaling: A Virtual Program | Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 28, and January 4, 2022 | $45

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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