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Diocesan Memorandum

September, 2021 | Vol. 55, no. 9 | Prot. No. C-30/2021

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.


Modification of particular law regarding stipends for bination and trination
Bishop Malesic has modified diocesan particular law regarding the destination for stipends for second and third Masses of the day (prot. n. 808/2021). Previously, these were required to be sent to the diocesan Chancery for the purpose of priestly formation. Now, at the discretion of the priest, these may alternatively be sent to a missionary priest, either directly or via the Diocesan Office for the Propagation of the Faith. All priests should print this page containing the modification to policy §901.3.1 and insert it into their copies of the 2009 Clergy Personnel Handbook – Book I: Priests.


Catholic Communications Collection: 25-26 September 2021
The collection for the 2021 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 25-26 September 2021. 

Office for Worship

Office for Worship Staff Changes
Mrs. Jeanne Marie Miles has resigned her position as Director of the Office for Worship for the Diocese of Cleveland. Her last day in the office was August 15th. She will be serving as the Director of the Worship Office for the Diocese of Dallas, Texas. In view of Jeanne Marie Miles’ departure, emHC formation sessions are currently suspended.

March 2022 Liturgical Calendar Notes:

Ash Wednesday falls on March 2, 2022.

The First Sunday of Lent, March 6, 2022, is typically the diocesan celebration of the Rite of Election of Catechumen and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates for Full Communion. More information on the 2022 celebrations will be forthcoming.

The Diocesan Evening of Confession is typically held the third week of Lent, March 16, 2022. More information on the 2022 celebration will be forthcoming.

The Solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is celebrated on Saturday, March 19, 2022; however, this solemnity is not a holyday of obligation. A Vigil Mass for St. Joseph may be celebrated Friday, March 18 after 4:00 p.m. Masses celebrating St. Joseph are to be celebrated before 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Masses after 4:00 p.m. on March 19 anticipate the Third Sunday of Lent.

The Solemnity of the Annunciation is celebrated on Friday, March 25, 2022; however, this solemnity is not a holyday of obligation. A Vigil Mass for the Annunciation may be celebrated Thursday, March 24 after 4:00 p.m. Masses celebrating the Annunciation are to be celebrated on Friday, March 25.


Implementing Pope Francis’ call for diocesan bishops to ensure that those requesting the assistance of the diocesan tribunal are supported by those with suitable formation, Bishop Malesic has authorized the Tribunal to begin a new formation program to train Case Specialists. Case Specialists will be priests, deacons and lay ministers who have the desire and skills to support people in submitting petitions regarding their marriages to the diocesan tribunal. After July 2022, priests, deacons and lay persons who have not been trained and approved as Case Specialists will no longer be able to submit new cases to the tribunal, with the exception of Lack of Form cases. The training program commences in March 2022. Further details will be forthcoming. For more information or to express interest in this important ministry, call the tribunal at 216-696-6525 ext. 4000.


#weGiveCatholic Training + Prizes
Participating organizations are encouraged to register for #weGiveCatholic’s Virtual PREP Rally, formerly known as Training Days, which will take place September 28-29 from Noon-1:30PM each day. Registration can be found at The training will be filled with insights, success tips, and some fun. In addition, we will have a $500 random drawing for 2-day participants. For more information, contact Linda Corcoran at the Catholic Community Foundation, 216-696-6525 x1042.

Planned Giving
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 XX in our parish office at XXX-XXX-XXXX or Jean Ann Montagna of the Catholic Community Foundation at 216-696-6525 x 8070 or click here .

2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal
Love Your Neighbor – Catholic Charities continues to welcome and serve those who are hurting and in need of assistance as we move into the “new normal”. As of July 31st, 33,000 faithful donors from across the diocese have pledged more than $12.4 million to the annual appeal. We are so very grateful for your sacrificial giving and for your commitment to changing lives. Letters will be mailed the week of Sept. 13th inviting previous donors and new donors to support their brothers and sisters in need; support that allows us to provide help, create hope and serve all. Parishes can click here for updated parish stats and bulletin announcements.

Contact Sarah Gozur, 216-696-6525 x1910 or or Sharla Thomas at x1530, with questions or for additional information.

Priestly Formation Annual Appeal
Letters to previous donors to this appeal will arrive in homes the week of August 30th. To donate online, click here. Email Sarah Gozur or 216-696-6525 x1910 with questions.

Lawyers Guild
The Red Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral on Friday, October 1st followed by a noon luncheon at Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key where Justice Melody Stewart will receive the 2021 St. Thomas More Award the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center will receive the Guild’s 2021 Special Recognition Award.

Tabor Fund Grant Awards
Tabor applications are available here for the 2021B cycle. 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 Stewardship Network Group 
The Stewardship Network Group is composed of parish staff members and volunteers in the Cleveland Diocese who are responsible for and/or interested in tasks ranging from stewardship and communications to faith formation and new parishioner welcome. We share strategies, resources, success stories and encouragement to promote engagement and evangelization within our parishes. The group meets every third Thursday morning by Zoom or in person when possible. All are welcome! Contact Cindy Cole in the Catholic Community

Foundation Office to be notified about upcoming meetings.

Communications Department

Updated Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Directory to be offered online only starting in mid-September
In an effort to streamline the annual development and distribution of the diocesan Catholic Directory, the diocese will no longer be producing a printed edition of the Catholic Directory for sale effective immediately. The diocesan Catholic Directory is available on the diocesan website. Find it by scrolling to the bottom of the home page and clicking on Catholic Directory. Those desiring a printed version can download the PDF and print it.

The updated version of the diocesan Catholic Directory including annual clergy changes will be available beginning mid-September. The Directory will be updated monthly. This version will be free online, contain streamlined parish and other pertinent information and will not contain advertising. These efficiency changes will add to the user’s ease-of-use and access to consistently updated information. Contact with questions.


Office for Hispanic Ministry

Faith & Culture Celebration, September 25 at 10:30 a.m. in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration at Sagrada Familia will include celebration of the Mass with Bishop Edward Malesic presiding. For more information about this event, please contact Misael Mayorga at 216-374-9440 or by email.

Invitation to the Listening Process for the Ecclesial Assembly of Latin America
The Office of Hispanic Affairs at the United States Conference Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has received an urgent invitation from the Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM). They want to hear the voice of Latino immigrants in the United States. Individuals can respond at a personal level, or a parish can organize a group to respond, but the process is the same. The first step is to register on the page of the Asamblea Eclesial.

Office for Human Life

October is Respect Life Month
To help build and celebrate the culture of life, the Office for Human Life, in collaboration with the Diocesan Social Action Office, will highlight a different aspect of life each week:

  • October 2/3: Support for families affected by abortion
  • October 9/10: Death Penalty
  • October 16/17: Adaptive Needs
  • October 23/24: Human Trafficking
  • October 30/31: End of Life Issues

We will provide parishes and schools a media kit including:

  • A petition for that week’s right to life highlight
  • A bulletin announcement that you can insert into your weekly bulletin and/or weekly school newsletter/constant contact
  • A posting for your parish/school social media platform

The media kit will be available by September 15 on our website. Contact Katie Galicic (216) 696-6525 x2323 or Mary von Carlowitz (216) 696-6525 x2335 for additional information.

Marriage and Family Ministry Office

Advertise your Parish Pre-Cana Retreats
Don’t forget to advertise your parish’s Pre-Cana Retreats to couples throughout the diocese. It’s as easy as filling out our advertising request form. We will list your retreat in the downloadable Diocesan Pre-Cana Retreat Listing, available on our website.

Couple Minister Virtual Meet & Greet
Tuesday, September 21, 2021; 7:00pm, Via Zoom
Join the Office for Marriage and Family Ministry for a Virtual Meet and Greet via Zoom for all Couple Ministers previously trained through the office’s Couple Ministry Training program. Meet our Director, Terri Yohman, as we get back in touch with everyone. Register online.

Sacred Steps South
The Sacred Steps to Peace divorce support group in the Southern region of the diocese is starting an in-person group this Fall. The group will meet on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, beginning October 8. Visit us online for more information and to register.

Youth Ministry Office

The State of Religion and Young People 2021: Navigating Uncertainty with Dr. Josh Packard, Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute. | September 15, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Cathedral Square, Rappe Room, 1404 East Ninth Street, Cleveland | Click here for more information. | Register here by September 8. For priests and youth ministers only.

The State of Religion and Young People with Dr. Josh Packard, Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute | September 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m. | St. Barnabas Church, 9451 Brandywine Road, Northfield | Click here for more information | No registration required. | Questions? Email Francine Costantini. For campus ministers, youth ministry volunteers, Lay Ecclesial Ministers, DREs, PSR catechists, high school and junior high teachers, parents, young adult ministers, deacons, and priests and youth ministers who missed the daytime presentation

Desert Day Youth Minister Retreat, September 28, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Jesuit Retreat Center, 5629 State Road, Parma. Youth ministers, campus ministers, youth ministry volunteers, and those who work with high school teens are invited to come and pray. This will be a quiet day of prayer, with an inspiring morning talk followed by time to read, reflect, respond, and pray in solitude with God. Mass, Adoration, Confession, and Spiritual Direction will be available. Cost is $60. Register HERE by September 17.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office

Day of Prayer & Reflection: The Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart with Dr. Robert Wicks, Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at St. Basil the Great Parish, 8700 Brecksville Road, Brecksville. Lay Ecclesial Ministers, Deacons and Wives, Catechetical Leaders, and Youth Ministers are invited to come together for a day of prayer and reflection on ministry in these stressful times with Dr. Robert Wicks, a clinical psychologist and writer on the intersection of spirituality and psychology. Dr. Wicks is a well-known speaker, therapist, and spiritual guide who has taught at universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, and social work for more than thirty years. A box lunch will be served. Cost is $20.00 per person. See attached flyer for more details. Register here. Questions? Contact the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office at 440-943-7670.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Catechetical Formation, Office of Ongoing Formation of Clergy, and Secretariat for Parish Life & Development.

Young Adult Ministry

Here is the fall schedule of events for Young Adult Ministry in the diocese. All young people ages 18-30ish are welcome to attend. For more information, visit our website - Also, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @GodinCleveland

West Side Young Adults Pod

  • Sept 12, Fall Kick-off, St. Christopher, Rocky River, 11:30 a.m.
  • Sept 22, AWE (After Work Adoration), St. Angela, Fairview Park, 7:00 p.m.
  • Oct 3, Mass & Browns Watch Party St Mark’s, Cleveland, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays, The Grapevine: Catholics Hanging Out, St Luke’s, 6:45 p.m. @grapevine.cle

Parma Pod

  • Sept 9, Holy Hour + Frisbee and Fun, St John Bosco, Parma, 6:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, Catching Fire, St Columbkille, Parma, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Downtown Pod

  • Sept 26, Mass & Young Adult Gathering, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland, 5:30 p.m.

Akron Pod

  • Sept 16, Theology on Tap, Holy Angels, Chagrin Falls, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sept 17, Adoro Te Devote, St. Bernard, Akron, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sept 25, Board Games, Pizza and Drinks, St. Mary, Akron

PODS will be opening in Cleveland’s East Side, Mentor, Ohio City, Euclid, Wooster, and near you. Contact Mike Hayes to find out more.

Catholic Renewal Ministries

Faithful Discipleship Series | hosted by Fr. Bob Franco on Zoom | August 31, September 29, October 20, and October 27, 7:00 pm to 8:30 p.m. |To sign-up, visit

Life in the Spirit Seminar | Thursdays, September 9 - October 21, 7:00–8:30 pm. | Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 6928 Detroit Ave., Cleveland | To register, contact Mario Grandinetti at 216-299-2842 or Tom Jansen at 440.539.0318.

Life in the Spirit Seminar | Tuesdays, September 14- November 2, 2021, 7:30-9:00 p.m.| Our Lady of Angels Primary Building, 3644 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland. | To register, contact Verna 216-251-3560 or Tom 216-536-6495.

September Festivals of Praise/Prayer Meetings | Questions, call CRM at 440-944-9445

Friday, September 17, 7:00-8:30 p.m. | St. John of the Cross Parish, 140 Richmond Rd., Euclid

Saturday, September 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m. | St. Peter Parish, 35777 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth Chapter of Magnificat, a women’s ministry modeled after the Visitation, invites you to a Breakfast on Saturday, September 25, at Walsh University, Barrette Center, 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio. Erin Clark Riegle will be the guest speaker. Physical distancing is required and masks are recommended (we will follow the mask protocol of the day). Meals will be buffet style, but a server will place all items on your plate. Option 1: $22 Mail-in | Option 2: $23 Online. For further information call Joan Spieth at 330.933.8778. Register by September 18.

Hearing God’s Voice | October 2, 2021, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | SS. Cosmas & Damian Church 10419 Ravenna Rd. in Twinsburg 44087 | Speakers to include Fr. Michael Stalla and Denny Carleton | Cost is $25 | To register, contact Brenda at 330-310-2595 before September 25.


Disability Ministries - Beatitudes Ministry for children with disabilities gather together, share together and pray together

Catholic Charities Disability Ministries offers “The Beatitudes” for children, ages 6-16 (up to Confirmation age), with disabilities, and their families. The Beatitudes is about gathering, sharing and praying together and helps prepare children with disabilities for the sacraments. Activities are tailored to each individual in order to help them experience the gospels, express their love of God and come to a better understanding of their faith. In partnership with St. Augustine Parish in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, the Beatitudes will begin in September. For more information, please email Terry Hogan or call 216-781-5530 ext. 29.


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

National Day of Remembrance – National Day of Remembrance (NDOR) 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 on September 18th where abortion victims have been buried, as well as at many other memorial sites dedicated in their honor. Remembrance prayer vigils will be held locally at two Catholic Cemetery Association locations where we have memorial monuments to the unborn:

Saturday, September 18th 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

On-site NDOR service at Resurrection Cemetery, 6303 Center Road, Valley City OH 44280

Sponsored by Medina County Right to Life. Contact or call Trish Shaw 330-667- 0750 for details.

Saturday, September 25th 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

On-site NDOR service at Holy Cross Cemetery, 100 East Waterloo Road, Akron OH 44319

Includes memorial service for an unborn child. Sponsored by Right to Life of Northeast Ohio. Visit Right to Life of Northeast Ohio or call Denise Leipold 330-762-2785 for details.For more event information please visit:


First Friday Club of Akron
Francine Costantini, the Director of Youth Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, speaking on Building the Future of the Church. | Friday, September 3, 2021 | New location: Our Lady of Cedars, 507 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333| Registration and more information here

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Annual Blanket Sunday | October 9-10, 2021

The 35th Annual Blanket Sunday appeal kicks off the weekend of October 9-10, 2021. Last year, funds from the appeal were used to purchase 4,500+ new winter blankets that were provided to the homeless and 179 beds/mattresses for low-income individuals and families throughout Northeast Ohio. The need is great and 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. Thank you for helping us “blanket” neighbors in warmth and compassion!

Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration
Poor Clares in Canton are celebrating their 75th anniversary with a Nun Run on October 9th and Annual Gala on October 10th featuring Fr. Leo Patalinghug.


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. 

Retreat for Priests | Sunday, September 5, 5:00 p.m. - Thursday, September 9, 1:00 p.m. | Fr. Mark Mertes | $500

First Spiritual Exercises: Inner Peace in the Service of God - A Virtual Program | Orientation and Introduction: Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.: September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9 | $100

Food for the Journey: On Our Becoming Divine - Engaging the Promise | Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: September 18, October 9, November 13, December 11 | Martha Campbell, M.A., Psy.D. | $100 (early registration by August 18) or $120 by September 18.

September Morning Prayer for Women | Monday, September 20, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. | Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, S.C. | $10

Walking the Sacred Path | Sunday, September 26, 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. | FREE

Cinema & Conversation: This Beautiful Fantastic | Monday, September 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Free Will Offering

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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