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Diocesan Memorandum 

September, 2020 | Vol. 54, no. 9 | Prot. No. C-40/2020

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.


Installation of Bishop of Cleveland
The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Edward C. Malesic of Greensburg as bishop of Cleveland. He will be installed as the twelfth bishop of Cleveland on Monday September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, in a Mass beginning at 2:00 p.m. Due to the current public health crisis, attendance at the installation will be severely limited and will be by invitation only. A video stream of the event will be available via the diocesan website for those not able to attend in person. 


Catholic Communications Collection: 26-27 September 2020
The collection for the 2020 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 26-27 September 2020.

Office for Worship

Singing during Mass
On August 17, 2020, the Office for Worship presented a webinar discussing the most recent research findings on singing and COVID-19, with implications and recommendations for Catholic liturgy. The archive video and presentation slides are available at the Office for Worship/Music website. The following general recommendations summarize the presentation:

  • Masks for everyone – including all singers.
  • No congregational singing
  • If done, severely limited (
  • Physically distanced (>6’) cantor singing unfamiliar music for those Mass parts that may be relegated to a schola
  • No choral/schola singing
  • If done, choir/schola should be masked, physically distanced from congregation, singers physically distanced >6’ from one another, and singing severely limited (
  • Preference for string or percussion instruments
  • All instrumentalists masked.
  • Limited use of physically distanced wind or brass instruments using PPE as described below (instrument bell masked/covered, keys covered)
  • Only 1 person should use the ambo/a cantor stand/a microphone for any given liturgy, with minimum 30 minutes between liturgies to allow for HVAC air changes.

October 2020 Liturgical Calendar
October is Respect Life Month. Below are five simple steps for celebrating Respect Life Month, either the weekend of Respect Life Sunday (October 4th), or throughout the month.

  • Display the Respect Life poster where people will be most likely to see it.
  • Use the bulletin announcement and bulletin cover or wrapper, and insert the reflection flyer into the bulletin.
  • Preach on the Respect Life theme. Consider using the reflection flyer and sample homily helps as inspiration.
  • Pray for the protection of human life during the Prayer of the Faithful. Sample intercessions are provided on the USCCB website.
  • Invite parishioners to reflect the rest of the week on the theme and what it means to them personally. (USCCB)

Mass celebrating the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral. This liturgy is by invitation only due to the pandemic and limited seating in the Cathedral.

The diocesan Silent Sorrow Mass for those suffering from Miscarriage or Neo-Natal Death will be celebrated Sunday, October 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the Cathedral. Please be aware that the Cathedral has limited seating.

March 2021 Liturgical Calendar
The Diocesan Evening of Confession is typically celebrated the third Wednesday of Lent, which in 2021 would fall on Wednesday, March 10th. Please monitor diocesan communications for more information as we get closer to that date.

The Solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is celebrated on Friday, March 19, 2021; This solemnity is not a holyday of obligation, but Lenten Friday penance (including abstinence from meat) is not observed on this day. A Vigil Mass for St. Joseph may be celebrated Thursday, March 18th after 4:00 p.m. Masses celebrating St. Joseph are to be celebrated on Friday, March 19th.

The Solemnity of the Annunciation is celebrated on Thursday, March 25, 2021; however, this solemnity is NOT a holyday of obligation. A Vigil Mass for the Annunciation may be celebrated Wednesday, March 24th after 4:00 p.m. Masses celebrating the Annunciation are to be celebrated on Thursday, March 25th.

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

Holy Week 2021 begins with Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion on March 28th. Typically, the diocesan Chrism Mass is celebrated on the Tuesday of Holy Week, March 30, 2021. Please monitor diocesan communications as we get closer to Holy Week for further information. 

Office of the Chancellor

Saint Mary’s Mission and religious articles
Some parishes have been contacted by a Ms. Kimberly Walters of “Saint Mary’s Mission” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She explains that she has been working with Catholic churches, convents, schools, etc., in helping find new homes for used religious items that are no longer needed. We have been informed by the Diocese of Harrisburg that this organization is not affiliated with the Diocese and that Ms. Walters buys and sells items on EBay. Please consult with the Diocese of Cleveland archives prior to disposal, gifting or sale of relics or religious objects which have been blessed or used in worship.


#weGiveCatholic Training + Prizes
Participating organizations are encouraged to register for #weGiveCatholic’s Virtual Training Days, which will be held September 22-24. Registration can be found at . The training will be filled with insights, success tips, and some fun. In addition, we will be awarding our first prize of the year: $500 Early Bird Registration prize. New organizations qualify by registering for #weGiveCatholic before Sept. 15. For more information, contact Linda Corcoran at the Catholic Community Foundation, 216-696-6525 x1042,

Tabor Fund Grant Awards
Tabor applications are available for the 2020B cycle at Awards are intended to provide an opportunity for ministers to refresh and/or re-energize their spirituality, faith, mind and/or physical well-being, as part of fostering personal development and improving their ministry. The application deadline is September 15.


The Secretariat for Parish Life and Development is pleased to welcome Francine Costantini to our staff. Francine has been appointed Director of Youth Ministry. Her first day will be September 8. Francine comes to us from St. Barnabas Parish, where she was Coordinator of Youth Ministry. For the past year, Francine has been liaison between Life Teen International and youth ministers in Ohio. We are so happy Francine has joined our Parish Life team. 

Office of Ministry to African American Catholics
The diocese has established a Diocesan Race Task Force composed of leaders from every ministry area, including education, catechesis, and parish life to develop a renewed strategy of leadership that will create an environment of cultural humility and appreciation. For more information, please contact Mr. Cary Dabney.

Office of Hispanic Ministry
Adult Formation Classes. The next course will focus on the prophetic books of the bible. Sister Lisa Marie Belz, OSU, will present the course in two parts, on September 12 and September 26 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., via Zoom. All courses are in Spanish. For more information, please contact Misael Mayorga in the Office of Hispanic Ministry at 216-374-9440.        

Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Made for More (Visions of the Promised Land) with Christopher West and music by Mike Mangione, October 22, 2020, 7:00-9:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Parish. Pre-sale tickets only. Cost is $25. Purchase tickets here. Contact Joni Smith for info: 330-425-8141 x110.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office
Building Connections in Ministry: Effective Strategies for Enhancing Communication, Saturday, September 12, 9:00-11:00 a.m. This webinar will present straightforward techniques for communicating effectively with parishioners, clergy and staff. Special topics such as managing communication breakdowns, strategies for dealing with difficult communication situations and using non-verbal language to convey support will be addressed.

Presenter: Marilee Fini, M.A., CCC/SLP is a certified and licensed Speech Pathologist with her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy, here in Cleveland. A professional speaker for the last 20 years, Marilee has presented all over the U.S. to many diverse audiences.

Registration: Sponsored by the Office of Ongoing Formation for Clergy and Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office. No Cost. Register here. Contact Jennell Muscatello, 440-943-7474 for more information.

Office of Missionary Discipleship
Ignite the Fire of Faith. The Office of Missionary Discipleship hosts regular virtual networking and collaboration sessions on evangelization for pastoral leaders. The next session will be Friday, September 4, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Sign up to receive notifications with login information here. For more information contact Miguel Chavez .

Office of Marriage & Family Ministry
The “For Your Marriage” website has practical and helpful information for marriages of all ages and stages. The website can be found here. We ask parishes to consider publishing the link in their weekly bulletins and in a highlighted spot on their webpage.

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration
The coronavirus pandemic, as with all other diocesan events, has greatly disrupted our plans. At this time, bringing together couples celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary is not possible. However, we do not want the year to pass by without marking this very special occasion. To honor all couples married in 1970, we would like to send a diocesan certificate as a keepsake. We ask all jubilarians to complete this form. Catholic couples celebrating a significant anniversary, or those close to them, may also wish to consider ordering a parchment marking a Papal Blessing, via the website of the Office of Papal Charities.

If circumstances change and make it possible for us to safely gather for a Mass to celebrate the 50thanniversary of couples married in 1970, we will then notify all those who completed the diocesan form. Visit our website or contact the Marriage & Family Ministry office for more information. 

Catholic Renewal Ministries
We invite everyone to our “Rosary in the Parking Lot” every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting) in the parking lot of Our Lady of Angels Primary building (behind Linus Hall). Bring a lawn chair and join in this most beautiful prayer, including intercessory prayer and the Chaplet of Mercy. All are welcome. For questions, contact Don Lawrence 740-424-4707.

Catholic Renewal Ministries will host a Traveling Charismatic Mass on Friday, October 16th, at 7 pm, at St. Ambrose Parish, 929 Pearl Rd., Brunswick 44212. Fr. Bob Franco will be the celebrant. Praise and worship will begin at 7 pm, followed by the liturgy at 7:30 pm. A social will follow Mass and healing prayer teams will be available for individual prayer. Diocesan guidelines for social distancing and wearing of masks will be observed. For more information, contact Fr. Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.


The Culture Project missionary team returns to the diocese this fall. Virtual presentations or social distanced talks for youth groups, parents and ministry teams are now open for scheduling. For a complete listing of presentation topics and to book a missionary for your parish visit


Catholic Charities Summit County
Due to the current health crisis, Catholic Charities Summit County’s 5thannual Derby for Dollars event for 2020 has been cancelled. The event is scheduled to return April 30, 2021, at Portage Country Club in Akron. Derby for Dollars supports Emergency Assistance Services in Summit County – Rent and Utility help as well as three Community Hot Meals per week. These services will be more critical than ever as we recover from the COVID 19 pandemic.

Stay tuned for much more information on the 2021 Derby for Dollars. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, you can email or call Carl Bako at 440-843-5562.


[Please visit our website for the most updated schedule of events.]

Monthly Sunday Grief Support September 20th:
Catholic Cemeteries Association continues with in-office grief support groups on September 20th with limited seating. We will meet 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Saint Joseph Cemetery, Avon (NEW office);

Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron (office);

Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park (office);

Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland (office);

All Saints Cemetery, Northfield (office);

and All Souls Cemetery, Chardon (office).

Meeting sites will be sanitized and seating will be arranged so everyone is at a safe distance. Participants are requested to RSVP so we can plan appropriate social distancing at each location. We recommend that participants wear protective masks. The September topic is “Different Types of Grief”. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866. 

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children – SEPT 12TH, 1:00-2:00pm. 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.

Right to Life of Northeast Ohio:
Virtual memorial service recorded from Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron OH
Visit or call Denise Leipold 330-762-2785 for details.

Medina County Right to Life:
Memorial service at Resurrection Cemetery
Address: 6303 Center Road, Valley City, OH 44280
Contact or call Trish Shaw 440-590-0083 for details. Click here for more event information.


First Friday Club of Cleveland.
Reimaging Ministry in a Pandemic Environment | Thursday, September 3, 2020
Program begins at Noon | Live Webinar Via Zoom 

All of us know so well the challenges and graces of this pandemic period in our lives. What has this meant for us as a Church? Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND and members of the Staff of the Diocesan Parish Life Secretariat will speak of the challenges and opportunities this time has provided and ways in which those in ministry are responding. There is no charge for this live webinar, however, registration is required. Please click here to register.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Annual Blanket Sunday | October 10-11, 2020
The 34thannual appeal kicks off the weekend of October 10-11, 2020. Last year, funds from the appeal were used to purchase 4,000 winter blankets that were provided to the homeless and to low-income individuals and families throughout Northeast Ohio. Although the pandemic has caused a reduction in the number of parish in-pew Blanket Sunday donation envelopes available, donations can be made securely online. Checks may also be mailed to: St. Vincent de Paul Society Blanket Sunday, 1404 East 9th Street-3rd Floor, Cleveland, OH 44114.


Private Directed Retreat 
Women suffering after abortion are invited to begin their healing journey by scheduling an individual retreat at Bethesda House of Mercy during the months of October and November. Confession will be available. Social distancing and other guidelines due to Covid-19 will be followed. For more information, contact The Community of Jesus, the Living Mercy at 1-800-482-4100 or email at Click here for flyer. 

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. 

5 Night Individually Directed Retreat | Tuesday, September 8, 3:00pm - Sunday, September 13, 1:00pm | Cost $475

Weekend Individually Directed Retreat | Friday, September 18, 3:00pm - Sunday, September 20, 1:00pm | Cost: $250

September Morning Prayer for Women | Monday, September 21 from 9:30 - 11:00am | Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC | $10

Cinema and Conversation: A Hidden Life | Monday, September 21 from 7:00 - 9:00pm | Free Will Offering

Men's 12 Step Recovery Retreat | Friday, September 25, 5:30pm - Sunday, September 27, 1:00pm | Cost: $180 

Hungering for Christ: Living the Eucharist During the Time of Pandemic – Live Webinar | Monday, October 19 from 7:00 - 9:00pm | Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP | Click here for registration options. 

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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