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Diocesan Memorandum

September, 2019 | Vol. 53, no. 9 | Prot. No. C-45/2019

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.


Catholic Communications Collection: 28-29 September 2019
The collection for the 2019 Catholic Communications Campaign provides grants to Catholic organizations that share our experience of faith, worship, and witness through social media sites, podcasts, television, radio, and print media.  Please support this important work and be generous in the collection.  Your generosity is a direct act of witness in itself, as you facilitate the communication of the Gospel message. The special second collection is scheduled in our parishes for the weekend of 28-29 September 2019.

Office for Worship

February 2020 Liturgical Calendar:
Correction: The August Memorandum erroneously listed the Feast of the Presentation as a Saturday in 2020 – it, in fact, coincides with Sunday, February 2, 2020.  The Feast of St. Blaise falls on Monday, February 3, 2020.  Apologies for the error.

Diocesan Annual Liturgical Calendar
The diocesan Annual Liturgical Calendar is now available on the Office for Worship webpage.  Please note that it should be printed on 11”x17” paper. 

October Liturgical Calendar Reminders:
October is Respect Life Month. 

The diocesan Silent Sorrow Mass for those suffering from Miscarriage, Infertility, and Neo-Natal Death will be celebrated Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cathedral.  The diocesan Silent Sorrow Mass is offered to assist parents in their grief and console them with the blessing of God. 

Registration is now open for the Fall 2019 Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion formation sessions.  Registration is to be completed by the parish or institution of ministry, and is password protected.  Check your parish’s diocesan email account for registration information.

March 2020 Liturgical Calendar:
The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion is celebrated in two liturgies (2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.) on Sunday, March 1, 2020, the First Sunday of Lent.  Attendance at the two liturgies is divided geographically, by District, and remains the same each year.  Registration for reserved seating is strongly suggested.  Registration information will be sent to your parish’s diocesan email account in late January or early February.

The Diocesan Evening of Confession will be celebrated Wednesday, March 11, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  For more information and parish resources, please see

The Solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is celebrated on Thursday, March 19, 2020; however, this solemnity is NOT a holyday of obligation.  A Vigil Mass for St. Joseph may be celebrated Wednesday, March 18th after 4:00 p.m.  Masses celebrating St. Joseph are to be celebrated on Thursday, March 19th.

The Solemnity of the Annunciation is celebrated on Wednesday, March 25, 2020; however, this solemnity is NOT a holyday of obligation.  A Vigil Mass for the Annunciation may be celebrated Tuesday, March 24th after 4:00 p.m.  Masses celebrating the Annunciation are to be celebrated on Wednesday, March 25th.

Weddings Within the Mass of the Day may be celebrated on these Solemnities.  Please reference this online chart for more information.


Last Day to Register for #weGiveCatholic is 30 September.
Join more than 200 Catholic parishes, schools, Catholic Charities sites/programs and Catholic nonprofits in the Diocese of Cleveland for 24-Hours of Catholic Giving. Register at or call Linda Corcoran at the Catholic Community Foundation, 216-696-6525 x1042.

#weGiveCatholic Training Day is 10 September.
Join with #weGiveCatholic Teams around the Diocese from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cathedral Square Offices to hear from national speakers on how to make your giving day a success. Register at

2019 Catholic Stewardship Webcast Series
Tuesday, 8 October: Hispanic Catholics and Stewardship: Myths, Realities, Opportunities Password to register: Stewardship (case sensitive) Presenter: Hosffman Ospino, an associate professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College. Hispanics will soon constitute about half of all Catholics in the United States. This very young and diverse population brings many gifts and challenges that are redefining the entire American Catholic experience. Do Hispanics understand and practice stewardship as traditionally defined in our faith communities? What can we all learn from Hispanic Catholics that may lead to the cultivation of a holistic culture of stewardship? This webinar explores important realities that define the lives of Hispanic Catholics.

International Catholic Stewardship Council Annual Conference: Missionary Disciples: Stewards of the Church | October 6-9 | Chicago, IL | The ICSC annual conference is widely recognized as the most valuable opportunity for those involved in Christian stewardship.  With daily concelebrated liturgy, plenary special guests, 80 unique sessions, 70 vendors offering a variety of parish products and services, and practical take-a-ways for your return home. This conference includes sessions designed for those new to and veterans of parish stewardship, as well as sessions specific for parish administrators, business managers, and Catholic school advancement professionals.  Questions may be directed to Terri Preskar, director of stewardship, at 216-696-6525 |800-869-6525, x5090.  


Asian Catholic Community Celebration
October 6, 2019, Noon – St. Clarence Church, 30106 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, Ohio
The Asian Catholic Community invites all to attend the Annual Holy Mass and Gathering, an afternoon of family celebration of Asian culture and spirituality beginning with a Holy Mass with the Most Reverend Martin J. Amos, Celebrant.  A delicious Asian meal and entertainment follow. Visit or call 216-696-6525 ext. 3500 for more information.

Faith and Culture Celebration
Saturday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m., Blessed Trinity Parish, 14040 Puritas Ave., Cleveland, Ohio  All are welcome at the annual celebration of Faith and Culture in observance of Hispanic Heritage. Twenty-four Latin American countries will gather to celebrate who we are. Bishop Nelson Perez will be the main celebrant of our Holy Mass, which will be followed by a gathering with Latin American food and entertainment.

Visit or call 216-696-6525 ext. 2530 for more information. 

Interfaith Office

Fall Conference of Religions: Peace vs. Prejudice: Building Bridges for Peace from the Resources of our Religions | September 29, 2019, 3-5p.m. | John Carroll University,

O’Dea Conference Room in the DJ Lombardo Student Center (Use Belvoir Entrance to JCU)

Prejudice is often not recognized as what contributes to the tensions that erupt in hostility of human beings toward each other.  Those resources that help us handle prejudice and elevate the human dignity of a person create a foundation for peace in human society. While war happens because of many factors, we should not underestimate the role of prejudice that can often pave the way to armed hostility. Conference of Religions is made up of members of the Christian, Jewish, Baha’i, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist traditions. For further information please call Fr. Joseph Hilinski 216-696-6525 ext. 5110.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office

On October 11th, 15th and 25th the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office is hosting events to share information about Diocesan Certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister.  For more information, click here. Or, to RSVP to attend, go to

Office for Marriage & Family Ministry

Click HERE for Family Perspectives October

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Mass Reminder
Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist | Saturday October 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
This Jubilee mass is for couples living in the diocese who were married in 1969. Couples celebrating other significant anniversaries (55 years or more), or those who missed previous celebrations also are invited to attend.  Bishop Perez will preside at the mass. The deadline to register is September 16, 2019. Register at or contact Jason Lewis (216) 334-2974.

Couple Ministry Training- Fall 2019
Couple Ministers are volunteer married couples selected by their parish and trained by the diocese to assist in marriage preparation and enrichment. They meet with engaged or married couples and provide a living witness of Christian Marriage. Invite some of your married couples to be trained!  More information including online registration is available on our website: Clergy should nominate couples and submit names.

Date: Mondays 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, & 12/2, 2019; 7-9:30pm | St. Helen Parish, 12060 Kinsman Rd, Newbury, OH 44065 | $125 per couple. Register at or contact Bill Boomer 216-334-2971.

Diocesan Mission Office

Reminders regarding the Missionary Cooperation Program (MCP): Visiting missionaries are not to solicit names, addresses, email addresses, credit card information, etc. from your parishioners.  They should be aware of this fact because it is clearly stated in the diocesan MCP guidelines that are included with their appointment letters.  So, please do not allow them to leave out flyers requesting such information. Please remind your business manager or bookkeeper that your MCP collection should be mailed to the diocesan Mission Office and not to the mission organization.  


Monthly Grief Support
Catholic Cemeteries Association grief support groups will meet on Sunday September 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), and our new support location Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland (office). The September topic will be ‘Survivor’s Guilt & The What Ifs’. A reservation is not required, but is appreciated.  Visit our website or contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866. 

Three new Sunday Grief Support Group locations are starting: Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland (Miles Ave) starts September 15th; All Saints Cemetery, Northfield starts October 20th; All Souls Cemetery, Chardon starts November 17th.  If you are interested in participating at these new Grief Support Group locations, please contact Rhonda or call 216-930-4866. 

Annual Walk To Remember – Oct 6th 1:00pm
During October, the month of the Most Holy Rosary, Catholic Cemeteries Association invites families to participate in a half-mile walking Rosary in honor of departed loved ones. For those who cannot walk, or in case of rain, the Rosary will be prayed in the mausoleum or in the cemetery office. At the end of the Rosary, there is a brief candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of our dearly departed.    This is a great communal prayer opportunity for families and for Rosary Prayer organizations in your parish.

Walk to Remember locations:  All Souls Cemetery, Chardon;   Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland; 

Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron;  Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park;  Resurrection Cemetery, Valley City;  St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon;  All Saints Cemetery, Northfield.

We are seeking Walk Participants and Rosary Leaders. One or two leaders to walk and one to lead seated in the mausoleum or office for participants who are not able to walk. If you are able to lead the Rosary, please contact Rhonda or call 216-930-4866 and more details will be provided to the leader(s).  If you would like to walk, please register now online at  or with a registration flyer that can be found in each cemetery office.

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children | Saturday September 14, 1-2pm | Holy Cross Cemetery, 100 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, OH 44139
National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children - Solemn prayer service, hymns, scripture readings, and reflections by local leaders to honor the memory of the more than 50 million unborn victims of abortion.  Simultaneous prayer services will be held at gravesites around the country where abortion victims have been buried, as well as at many other memorial sites dedicated in their honor. Knights of Columbus Honor and 4thDegree Color Guard presentation of colors and wreath placed on the Memorial to the Unborn.  Special Guests: Denise Leipold, Christy Ballor, Rev. Robert Schneider, Fr. Matt Byrne, Rep. Bill Roemer, Bethany McKenney. Music by Jeff & Kira Andrea from The Strange Familiar. For more event information please visit:


Office for Human Life

Christ Our Hope in every season of Life - Respect Life Month and more
This year’s Respect Life Program focuses on providing parish resources that are actionable and ready-to-go. The materials are designed to complement existing parish life and manifest that the Gospel of Life is part of the very fabric of the Gospel itself. This year’s materials put a renewed emphasis on integrating existing resources into the life of a parish, school or ministry. To assist in doing this, five new action guides have been developed to help leaders take advantage of opportunities to highlight and integrate Respect Life Themes throughout the year. Liturgical celebrations and other calendar occasions provide natural opportunities to help build a culture of life. There are action guides for five main calendar occasions: Respect Life Month (October 2019), the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children and related events (January 2020), the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and the 25thAnniversary of Evangelium vitae (March 2020), Divine Mercy Sunday (April 2020) and Mother’s Day (May 2020).

Click here for the Action Guides.

Click here to order Respect Life Program materials.

Disability Services & Ministries

Walk of Hope Supporting Persons with Disabilities on Saturday, October 5, 2019!
Join us for a fun fall gathering, which raises awareness and funds for our community based programs and parish ministries for persons with disabilities in our Diocese.  The Walk will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12noon, at St. Augustine Church, 2486 W. 14thSt., Cleveland, in the Historic Tremont neighborhood.  The day begins at 10:00 a.m. with breakfast pastries and coffee/juice, followed by a walk around Lincoln Park and a raffle with great prizes. This event is for persons of all abilities.  For further information:  Lauren Mailey, 216-334-2963 or ; Marilyn Scott, 216-334-2962; Or visit our website or event page.


First Friday Clubs

First Friday Club of Cleveland. Human Trafficking: Human Tragedy, Human Hope. Sr. Cecilia Liberatore, SND, advocate for survivors of human trafficking. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at The City Club of Cleveland, 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. Keep the Baby, Change the Bathwater: The Gifts that Young People Bring to Our Church Christina Hannon Luehring, works for Coalition with Young Adults. Friday, September 6, 2019 at Tangier Restaurant, 532 W. Market Street, Akron. More information here

Theology on the Rocks 

Theology on the Rocks – West – For adults 40 and over.  How can we help others discover faith again?  Join us as Fr. Daniel Schlegel, Secretary and Vicar for Clergy and Religious, helps us reignite the fire of our Faith!  New Location:  100th Bomb Group, 20920 Brookpark Road, Cleveland. $12 per person. To register and more information click here.  

St. Paul Parish
St. Paul Parish, 1580 Brown St., Akron, Ohio will celebrate the opening of its 100thAnniversary on Sunday, September 22, 2019.  Mass will be at 1:00 p.m. followed by a social hour and dinner at 3:00 p.m. in Boeke Hall.  More information about events that are scheduled throughout the anniversary year 2019-2020, will be posted on the parish website:  

St. Peter Parish
Thursday October 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Historic St. Peter Church in Cleveland OhioDavid Haas in Concert for an evening of music and stories as David reflects on his 40 years of liturgical composition.  A choir of vocalists from our Diocese will accompany David in singing many of his most meaningful and popular songs, including: Blest Are They, Magnificat, and We are Called. Call Church Office at 216-344-2999 or visit website 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. 

Women's AA Retreat: All We Really Have is a Daily Reprieve. Friday, September 13, 6:00 p.m. - Sunday, September 15, 11:00 a.m. With Teesie Vallero. The weekend includes presentations and 5 meals. Limited scholarship assistance is available. Cost of $170

September Morning Prayer for Women. Monday, September 16 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. With Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC. Price includes coffee and pastry. Registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. Cost: $8.

Movie & Conversation: Romero. Monday, September 16 from 7:00 - 9:15 p.m. Join us for a viewing and discussion of the film Romero. Cost: Freewill Offering.

September Pre-Baptism Class for Parents. Tuesday, September 17 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. This class is for parents seeking to have their infants baptized into the Catholic faith. This class meets Sacramental preparation requirements of the Diocese of Cleveland. Please check with your parish to make arrangements for baptism. Cost: $20/couple.

 Praying with Creation: Return to Awe & Wonder. Thursday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. With Dr. Deborah Gries Zawislan. Cost: $45.

Food for the Journey - The Contemplative Way: Fostering Intimacy with God Study / Prayer Sessions based on The Awakening Call by James Finley, Ph.D. September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14. 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Facilitated by Martha Campbell, M.A., Psy.D., for Spiritual Directors, Retreat Leaders, Pastoral Ministers and Those Who Have Made the Full Spiritual Exercises. Cost: $120 (scholarship assistance available). For information and to register, contact Martha Campbell.

Send My Roots Rain: Poetry for Grief Workshop. Monday, September 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. With Kim Langley, M.Ed. Cost: $45.

Praying with St. Ignatius. September 23 & 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28. Praying with St. Ignatius is a six-week retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Cost: $120.

Book Study - Walking With Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross, by Dr. Edward Sri. September 25, October 2, October 16. With Fr. Matt Roche, SJ. Cost: Free.

Emmaus 2019 - Our Travels with Christ: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Friday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, October 5, 8:30 p.m. Facilitated by Sister Marian Durkin, CSA and keynote speaker Fr. Steve Krupa, SJ. EMMAUS: 2019 is the twentieth annual retreat for LGBTQ Christians at Jesuit Retreat Center. Cost: $95.

Private Weekend Healing Retreat for women suffering after an abortion at Loyola Retreat House north of Canton on October 25-27.   For more information, contact The Community of Jesus, the Living Mercy at 800-482-4100, email or go to

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

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