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Diocesan Memorandum

September, 2022 | Vol. 56, no. 9 | Prot. No. C-32/2022

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.


Office for Worship

Anticipating the promulgation of a new translation of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) is offering free training webinars for diocesan and parish leaders.  The webinars in both English and Spanish will be available from August 31, 2022, through February 16, 2023.  Covering twenty significant topics and presented by nationally known speakers in the areas of evangelization, catechesis, liturgy, and sacramental theology, the webinars can be viewed live on Wednesdays (English) and Thursdays (Spanish).  All registered participants may access the recorded version of the weekly webinar at their leisure.  For more information, go to

October 2022 Liturgical Calendar

Saturday, October 15 - The Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers will be celebrated with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Cathedral.

A “Health Care Mass” might appropriately be celebrated near the feast of St. Luke (October 18), honoring doctors, nurses, medical technicians, hospital administrators, and emergency personnel in appreciation for their service to the local community. Suggested Mass formulary, when permitted: For Giving Thanks to God, #49B.

October 23 is World Mission Sunday. Pastors should encourage their local communities to assist in the mission of the Church in spreading the gospel. The Mass for the Evangelization of Peoples (#18) may be used as found in the Roman Missal. For optional readings, see Lectionary, vol. IV, nos. 872-876, especially Is 60:1-6 [872.3] Rom 10:9-18 [873.4] Mt 28:16-20 [876.1].


#weGiveCatholic Training + Prizes
Participating organizations are encouraged to register for #weGiveCatholic’s PREP Rally, which will take place Thursday, September 22 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Registration can be found at The training day will be filled with insights, success tips, and some fun. In addition, we will have yard signs to give away to every organization and a $500 random prize drawing. For more information, contact Linda Corcoran at the Catholic Community Foundation, 216-696-6525 x1042.

Professional Advisors Seminar
Join fellow professional advisors from the legal, tax, trust, insurance, and wealth management disciplines on Tuesday, September 20th (12:15-4:45 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. Plus, learn more about Ohio’s new income tax credit program. Continuing education credit available. $50 registration; $25 for Catholic Lawyers Guild members. Click here for details and to register or contact Linda Pavia at 216-696-6525 x4080.

Tabor Fund Grant Awards
Tabor Grant awards provide an opportunity for ministers to refresh and re-energize their spirituality and faith as well as their mental and physical well-being, fostering personal development and improving their ministry. Guidelines and the application for the 2022A cycle can be found here.  The application deadline is September 15.

Qualified Charitable Distributions
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 visit

2022 Catholic Charities Appeal 
‘Be the Light’ – Catholic Charities continues its work on the front lines to serve the growing number of individuals and families most in need. As of July 31st, over 31,000 faithful donors from across the diocese have pledged more than $11.8 million to the annual appeal. While we are short 2,000 donors and $600k from this time last year, we are so very grateful for your sacrificial giving and for your commitment to changing lives.

Letters will be mailed the week of Sept. 12th 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. There is still time to #BeTheLight for Northeast Ohio this year. 

Parishes can visit our website for digital toolkits, updated parish stats, and new bulletin announcements. Congratulations to our 52 parishes who have reached their goals. Keep up the good work to the rest of our parishes still working towards their goals. We are happy to provide assistance as you continue fundraising for the appeal.  

Contact Us with questions or for additional information at (216) 696-6525: Sarah Gozur at x1910, Katie Galicic at x1049, or Sharla Thomas at x1530.  

Priestly Formation Annual Appeal 
Letters to previous donors to this appeal will arrive in homes in early September. Your prayerful and financial support is vital for inviting and forming men for the priesthood here in our diocese. Click here to donate online . Contact Sarah Gozur at x1910 with questions. 


Saint Mary Seminary Outreach Trust Fund
Funds are now available through the ‘Outreach Trust Fund’ administered by Saint Mary Seminary. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, money is available to provide assistance for projects that will aid the poor and needy of the Diocese of Cleveland; promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life, with a special concern for the needs of minority groups; or assist the foreign missions. This Fund is unrelated to the Seminary Endowment Fund, which helps finance operations at the Seminary. Fund Trustees are now accepting proposals requesting funding up to $7,500.  For an application, please write to Mr. Philip Guban, Saint Mary Seminary, 28700 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe, OH 44092 or e-mail him at Completed applications must be submitted no later than October 17, 2022. Grants will be funded by January, 2023.


Eucharistic Revival (Download Bulletin Insert)
Please continue to visit our diocesan website for updates about the Diocesan Year of Revival   

National Eucharistic Revival Website Update
New features and resources are available on the website, which is also available in Spanish at .  They are continuing to build out the free audio and video content on their digital resource platform through the ‘Learn’ tab of the website; after completing a one-time sign-in form, those who want to engage the Revival more deeply will be able to access the free content on demand, as well as receive updates as new content is added.

Virtual Eucharistic Revival Conference
The USCCB is also hosting a Eucharistic Revival Conference from September 22-24. Please share this link with anyone who might be interested in participating in this FREE virtual conference.

Eucharistic Miracle Display
In response to the diocesan year of Eucharistic Revival, SS. Cosmas and Damian Parish in Twinsburg will be hosting the Eucharistic Miracle Display as chronicled by Blessed Carlo Acutis. Blessed Carlo was a teenager from Italy who developed a website dedicated to the documented and scientifically scrutinized occasions when the Holy Eucharist changed in its physical appearance, reminding us that the bread and wine of the Mass truly become the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

From October 17-30, 2022, SS. Cosmas and Damian Parish will be welcoming tours from Catholic schools and parishes, as well as the local and surrounding cities. The event is completely free. The parish campus will be set up like a museum for the thousands that are expected to participate in the event. New Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese  of Cleveland, Most Reverend Michael Woost, will be offering Mass on Saturday, October 22 at 4:00pm. Consider publicizing the event in your parish bulletin or organizing your parish staff or a parish group to dive deeper into the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  Click here for more information.

Hispanic Ministry

Faith and Culture Celebration | September 17, starting with Mass at 11:00 am | St. Mary Parish, Painesville | Main Celebrant: Most Reverend Edward Malesic | For more information about this event, please call the Office of Hispanic Ministry, Misael Mayorga at 216-374-9440

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

‘Cultivating Emotional Intelligence in Pastoral Care’
Pastoral skills workshop hosted by Dr. Ted Raddell. This workshop will be presented in three parts. It is recommended participants attend all three of the workshops since they will build upon one another, but it is not required.

  • “Self-Awareness”, September 10, 9am-12pm
  • “Interpersonal Effectiveness”, November 5, 9:30am-12pm
  • “Emotional Self-Regulation”, December 3, 9am-12pm

Register online or call the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office at 440-943-7670 with questions.

Marriage & Family Ministry

Marriage Enrichment Events Fall 2022
There have been multiple requests for assistance with hands-on skills for marital communication. There will be five workshops of Gottman Techniques with clinical therapists offered this fall. Please alert your parishioners and families to this great opportunity. Visit our website for more information.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
The State of Ohio is continuing to offer this training for free. This training can be a starting point for parents, catechists or new hires that may need help with assessing the needs of youth or adults. We have worked directly with specific trainers to ensure VIRTUS guidelines are followed, as well as directing the trainer about our faith beliefs and needs. Currently, they are offering three different options that include virtual, hybrid, or in-person. If you are interested in hosting this training in your community, please email Terri Yohman.

Grandparenting Ministry
There have been multiple meetings held with several parishes around the Diocese that are starting grandparenting ministries. The Marriage and Family office is continuing to support leadership development. We are also working with parish leaders to form a Chapter with the International Catholic Grandparent Association. There will be a virtual meeting held in September via Zoom to gather and share resources and ideas. Email Terri Yohman for more information. 

Youth Ministry

Gathering of Pastors and Youth Ministers | September 14, 10am-2pm | Cathedral Square
Priests and youth ministers are invited to join Bishop Malesic as we reflect on the state of youth ministry in our diocese and identify ways to support and minister to young people. Register online.

New to Youth Ministry? Sign up for eNewsletter
The Office of Youth Ministry sends out an eNewsletter once or twice a month with information for those ministering to youth in our diocese. We will be launching onboarding for new youth ministers this fall.  Details will be in the eNewsletter.  It is the primary means of communication from this office. Priests, deacons, PCLs, as well as youth and campus ministers are encouraged to sign up. If you would like to receive the email, please sign up here. See archived eNewsletters here.

Young Adult Ministry

Theology on Tap
All young adults are invited to Theology on Tap for ‘A Pint with Bishop Malesic’ on Tuesday, September 20 at Forest City Brewery at 7 pm. Register online

World Youth Day
Initial deposits are due for young adults (18-35) interested in being part of the World Youth Day Cleveland delegation traveling to Portugal in July 2023. Visit our website for more information and to download the flyer and itinerary

Diocesan Wide Young Adult Retreat
Join us for our first Annual Diocesan Wide Young Adult Retreat. A young adult team of leaders coupled with clergy and staff will lead a full weekend retreat for the low, low price of $65/person. Nobody is refused because of finances. Please contact Mike Hayes for financial. All inquiries are kept confidential. Register online here


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

Catholic Cemeteries Association – Annual Walk to Remember | October 2, 2022   1 – 2 PM
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. We walk, we pray, we sing, and we remember. 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.   Whether walking or not, you can also honor your departed loved ones on our ‘In Remembrance’ Wall.  Submit names by September 30th to be included for the month of October.  Pre-Register and/or submit Remembrance Names now by phone, email, US mail (return form at bottom of flyer), or online.  Onsite registration is available the morning of the Walk.

Walk to Remember locations:  

All Saints Cemetery | 480 W. Highland Road, Northfield OH | Starts at Nativity Mausoleum;

All Souls Cemetery | 10366 Chardon Road, Chardon | Starts at Mary Queen of Peace Mausoleum;   

Calvary Cemetery | 10000 Miles Avenue, Cleveland | Starts at Main Office;  

Holy Cross Cemetery | 100 E Waterloo Road, Akron | Starts at Sacred Heart Mausoleum;  

Holy Cross Cemetery | 14609 Brookpark Road, Brook Park | Starts at St. Jude Mausoleum;  

Resurrection Cemetery | 6303 Center Road (Rt. 303) Valley City | Starts at Main Office;  

St. Joseph Cemetery | 32789 Detroit Road, Avon | Starts at St. Joseph Mausoleum;  

A Rosary podcast is available on our website for those who cannot attend but wish to participate.

Please know the CCA follows the guidelines of the CDC, the State of Ohio, and the Diocese of Cleveland regarding COVID-19 protocols.

NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE – SEPT 10TH - 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.  

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Right to Life of Northeast Ohio: 1:00pm – 2:00pm | ON-SITE memorial service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron OH | 100 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, OH 44319 | Visit or call Allie Frazier 330-762-2785 for details.

Medina County Right to Life:  11:00am – 12:00pm | ON SITE memorial service at Resurrection Cemetery | 6303 Center Road, Valley City, OH 44280 | Contact or call Trish Shaw 330-667-0750 for details.

For more event information please visit:


Season of Creation   
In his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis challenges us to reflect on the ways we use our resources and care for God’s creation. The Dicastery of Promoting Integral Human Development invites all Catholic institutions, including parishes, and all persons of good will to move forward on a path toward complete sustainability. September 1st through October 4th marks the Season of Creation. To celebrate, all parishes are invited to begin their journey to sustainability by enrolling in the “Laudato Si' Action Platform.” For more information about the platform or to obtain a paper copy of the optional parish assessment contact Jeanette (St. Christopher Parish) or Cathy (St. Albert the Great Parish)

First Friday Club of Akron
Dr. Al Miciak, President of John Carroll University | Friday, September 2, 2022 | Our Lady of Cedars, 507 South Cleveland Massillon Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333 | Registration and more information here.

First Friday Club of Cleveland
Frank W. O’Linn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Cleveland | Thursday, September 1, 2022 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44114 | Registration and more information here .

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Annual Blanket Sunday | October 8-9, 2022
The 366h Annual Blanket Sunday appeal kicks off the weekend of October 8-9, 2022.  Last year, funds from the appeal were used to purchase 4,500+ new winter blankets that were provided to the homeless and 126 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.


Addiction Awareness Virtual Workshop
The Samaritan Ministry    St. Malachi Parish in partnership with the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is offering a one-day addiction awareness workshop via Zoom on Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 9 AM-4 PM. Six CEUs are available through ADAMHS.  For a brochure or to register online visit:, contact Judy Stowe, 216-280-0675 or call St. Malachi Rectory, 216-861-5343.

Registration deadline for CEU’s is 10/20/22.  The fee is $20 (proceeds go to St. Malachi’s Mother Teresa Ministry, which provides crucial aid during times of extreme need (rent; utilities; transportation) to keep individuals on the verge of homelessness from ending up on the street.

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. 

September Sabbath Days - a Personal Retreat Day | Monday, September 12, 8:30am - 3:30pm | $50

Spiritual Experience and Brain Science - A Virtual Program | Saturday, September 17, 9:00am - 3:00pm | Michael Reiling, M.Ed. and Carol Williams , M.A. | $60

September Morning Prayer for Women | Monday, September 19, 9:30am - 11:00am | Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC | Walk-ins welcome. No registration required. Free will offering.

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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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