Prot. No. C-311/2009 September, 2009
Secretariat/Department Page The Diocesan Memorandum is
published monthly as a service to clergy,
Office of the Bishop 158
religious and lay leadership in the
164 Diocese of Cleveland.
Catholic Diocese of 168 The deadline for the next Diocesan
Memo is the tenth of this month.
Clergy and Religious 170
** The Diocesan Memorandum is now
Education 173 on the WEB for your convenience.
Enter the Cleveland Catholic Diocese
Parish Life and Development 174 website anytime at
Catholic Charities 176 and just click on the tab marked
Health and Human Services
Office of the Bishop
2009 CATHOLIC The Catholic Communication Campaign collection is scheduled
COMMUNICATION for the weekend of 26-27 September 2009. Please use
COLLECTION the bulletin announcements provided in the ―Bulletin
Announcement Sheet‖ to inform your Parish community.
This is a very important collection as it supports Catholic
Communication in offering financial aid and scholarship
programs. Last year nearly 3,000 undergraduate students
directly benefited from the generous support of this national
collection. Please promote this worthy work as the Catholic
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Communication Campaign strives to prepare students for
service to the Church, our nation and the world.
FATHER DAMIEN On 19 October 2009 Pope Benedict XVI. will canonize five new
DEVEUSTER, S.CC saints among whom will be Fr. Damien who ministered on the
Island of Molokai to the lepers of Hawaii. For further
information regarding special events, prayers and general
information regarding Fr. Damien please refer to a new web site
presented by the Diocese of Honolulu: www.fatherdamien.com
OFFICE FOR WORSHIP
WE’VE MOVED! On 18 August the Office for Worship moved to 1404 East 9th
Please note our new mailing address.
Office for Worship
1404 East 9th Street – 6th Floor
Cleveland OH 44114
EXTRAORDINARY Information concerning the Fall formation sessions for
MINISTERS OF extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion was mailed to
HOLY parishes and institutions in the Diocese of Cleveland the week
COMMUNION: of 3 August.
SESSIONS PLEASE NOTE:
* Nomination forms are to be signed by the pastor,
administrator, parish life coordinator of a parish and by the
responsible pastoral person at an institution.
* Registration forms are to be mailed with payment to the Office
for Worship in advance of the workshop.
* Registration fees will not be collected at the formation
A registration deadline has been established for each session as
seating is limited. Please note that the registration deadline date
is different than the early registration fee deadlines. Please
consult the Office for Worship website for a list of registration
deadlines and seating capacity for the fall sessions.
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It is crucial that we receive the nominations from your parish or
institution by the deadline date. This will greatly assist us in
preparing an accurate registration list, having sufficient copies
of the instruction on hand for those who are registered and, most
importantly, it will allow us time to inform you if a session is
full so that you, in turn, will have time to inform your
extraordinary ministers that they will need to attend a different
We particularly appreciate your efforts to send in complete
registration lists, thereby avoiding multiple faxes or mailings of
names and/or people showing up to sessions without being
included in the registration books.
The fee for the sessions has been reduced from $15 to $10 per
minister and the late registration fee from $20 to $15. If your
parish/institution sent people to the June sessions a credit of $5
per minister will be applied to the fall registrants. If you have
not yet submitted payment for the extraordinary ministers of
Holy Communion who attended the June sessions, an invoice
reflecting the new fee will be sent to your parish along with the
certificates for those who attended.
The Office for Worship appreciates the efforts on the part of
pastors, administrators, parish life coordinators, parish staff and
coordinators of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion in
communicating the nature and meaning of the changes in the
Instruction promulgated on 1 June 2009 and the meaning of
these formation sessions.
When communicating the session dates with your extraordinary
ministers you may wish to a) encourage them to carpool as
parking may be limited due to the number of people present, b)
note that some parishes will have a noon Mass on Sunday and
arrival before 1:00 p.m. may affect parking.
The Office for Worship will continue to offer the semiannual
formation sessions for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy
Communion in April and October.
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MEETING WITH Pastors, R.C.I.A. Directors and Team Members are invited to
PASTORS, R.C.I. A. attend one of two meetings with Bishop Lennon concerning the
DIRECTORS AND celebration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the
TEAM MEMBERS Diocese of Cleveland.
Meetings will be held:
23 September 2009 1:30-3:30 p.m. St. Mary Magdalene,
29 September 2009 1:30-3:30 p.m. Holy Martyrs, Medina
In preparation for the meeting all participants are asked to read
the following items from the Rite of Christian Initiation of
* Introduction (paragraphs 1-35)
* National Statutes for the Catechumenate (found in the
back of RCIA book)
If you did not receive a reservation card in the mail and you
wish to attend one of the meetings, please e-mail Christine
Budziak email@example.com with the name of
your parish, the session you will be attending and the number of
people coming from your parish.
REGION VI HOSTS The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions will be
NATIONAL holding its national meeting at St. John in Plymouth, MI from 5-
MEETING OF 10 October. Two dates will be of interest to priests and liturgical
FEDERATION OF ministers in the Diocese of Cleveland.
LITURGICAL Wednesday 7 October Study Day: Liturgical Formation with
COMMISSIONS – Zeal and Patience has a component directed to priests.
FORMATION The translation of the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia,
WITH ZEAL AND provides yet another opportunity to form our fellow worshippers
PATIENCE in the mysteries of our faith. How can we best prepare them?
How can we reach beyond rubrics to help them appreciate
ritual? How can we help them appreciate the intricacies of
language? How can we lessen confusion? And how can we best
serve the God who calls us to worship him?
More information and a registration form can be found at:
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Saturday 10 October
A keynote address and breakout workshops are geared to those
who exercise liturgical ministries in the parish context. More
information and a registration form can be found at:
ORDINATION OF Mark your calendars! The ordination of transitional deacons will
TRANSITIONAL be held on Saturday 24 October 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral
DEACONS of St. John the Evangelist. All are welcome.
LITURGICAL The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions offers
BULLETIN popular liturgical catechetical materials in the form of an 8½ x
INSERTS FROM 11 sheet that some parishes distribute with the Sunday parish
THE FEDERATION bulletin. Designed for the general reader, these sets of handouts
OF DIOCESAN provide an economical way to catechize parishioners. Download
LITURGICAL an Adobe Acrobat reader (pdf) file of the particular topic you
COMMISSIONS want to use and print the number of copies you need or order a
set of originals to be photocopied. Prices are on a sliding scale
based on the number of copies of the set to be made locally
(unless otherwise indicated).
Bulletin Insert topics include: The Mass/Eucharist, RCIA,
Triduum, Funerals, Multicultural Celebrations, Environment,
The Blessed Sacrament, Posture, Liturgy of the Hours, Infant
For more information on these publications please visit:
OFFICE FOR RECONFIGURATION
CLUSTER PLAN Parishes are reminded that, as referenced in the Bishop’s letter
IMPLEMENTATION to parishes dated 12 March 2009, the deadline for submission of
PROGRESS REPORT a brief letter updating the progress of the Cluster plan
implementation, including the collaboration to be done with the
continuing and merging parishes to provide needed ministries,
should be submitted no later than 30 October, 2009. It should
be jointly signed by the pastors of each parish. A more
comprehensive report is due no later than 30 June, 2010.
Contact Deacon Jim Armstrong, Special Assistant for
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Reconfiguration at 216-696-6525 Ex. 2130 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
REGIONAL Join with others in your area of the Diocese to learn and share
MEETING FOR ideas and best practices about building a financially strong
PASTORS, parish with a faith-based approach. The agenda for the meeting
FINANCE COUNCIL includes:
BUSINESS Presentations by: John Maimone – Chief Financial Officer
MANAGERS, AND and Mary Pat Frey – Director of Stewardship
STEWARDSHIP/ Success stories from local pastors
DEVELOPMENT Networking and sharing best practices in small group
Different times and locations have been arranged to
accommodate people’s schedules.
Choose from one of the options below and RSVP by 28
September via email, email@example.com, or using
the registration form mailed to all parishes.
Tuesday 6 October 2009
2:00 – 4:00 pm
St. Joseph (Avon Lake)
Tuesday 6 October 2009
7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. John Nepomucene (Cleveland)
Wednesday 7 October 2009
7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. Hilary (Fairlawn)
Thursday 8 October 2009
7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. Mary Magdalene (Willowick)
CARING FOR This workshop, designed for pastors, parish pastoral staff, and
SOULS key parish leaders, introduces a tool for examining parish
ministries and parish life through a stewardship lens. The
process leads the planning group through an assessment of
parish life to determine where the themes of community,
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giftedness, gratefulness, justice, conversion, and participation
are prominent and where they could be enhanced. Through a
method of formation and discernment, the group is then led
through an exercise of developing needed strategies to enhance
parish ministries. Each participating parish will receive a copy
of the ―Handle with Care‖ manual and instruction for its use.
The workshop will also include one practice session.
Here are the details for the event:
Date: Monday, 12 October
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Center for Pastoral Leadership
28700 Euclid Ave.
Fee: $10 per person, plus
$40 for the ―Handle with Care‖ manual (1 per parish,
Please call or email Mary Pat Frey at 216-696-6525 or 800-869-
6525 X2120, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any
question or for a registration form for either event; or go to
www.dioceseofcleveland.org and click on the Stewardship link.
Office of the Chancellor
WARNINGS-USCCB -MR. JEREMY BRYJA: The Diocese of Green Bay has
advised the Conference of its concerns relating to a Mr. Jeremy
Bryja. The Diocese relates that Mr. Bryja has repeatedly
claimed to be the last surviving member of a religious institute
called ―The Brother Servants of the Sacred Heart‖; whereas, in
fact, no such religious institute exists. Mr. Bryja was found
teaching at a Catholic school run by a legitimate religious order
some twenty years ago and representing himself as a religious
brother. He was dismissed and removed from the order’s
residence after it became apparent he was not. The Diocese
relates that it has recently discovered Mr. Bryja again teaching
in a diocesan high school, wearing religious garb and again
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claiming to be a member of a non-existent religious institute, as
a result of which he was again terminated. The Diocese
believes Mr. Bryja has now left the Diocese of Green Bay.
Based on past conduct, the Diocese suspects that Mr. Bryja will
again seek employment at a Catholic school, and residence in a
parish rectory or with a religious order. If further information is
needed, please contact Monsignor John Doerfler, Vicar General
and Chancellor of the Diocese of Green Bay, at (920) 272-8180.
-FR. CLERKSON VINCENT KAIMOI: The Archdiocese of
Cincinnati has advised the Conference of its concerns regarding
the subject priest. Fr. Kaimoi is a priest of the Diocese of
Nakuru, Kenya who had been granted the faculties of the
Archdiocese of Cincinnati. After the Diocese of Nakura was
advised of that fact, the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese
advised that Fr. Kaimoi is absent without permission from his
home diocese and that he is currently under canonical
suspension. Archbishop Pilarczyk withdrew revoked the
faculties of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati from Fr. Kaimoi. If
further information is needed, contact should be made with the
Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Rev. Joseph
Binzer, at 513-263-6601.
CHANGE OF DATE Please note the date for the Ursuline Education Center has been
FOR changed to the week of the Most Holy Trinity, 30 May-5 June
EUCHARISTIC 2010. Please make this change on the schedule that was sent
DEVOTIONS- out in the August 2009 Diocesan Memorandum for your
QUICK START The Tribunal will be presenting the Quick Start program in the
PROGRAM AT fall at four locations. This user-friendly program has
FOUR LOCATIONS successfully provided individuals with a simplified method for
THIS FALL the initial presentation of a case to the Tribunal. Parish
ministers are reminded that the processing of the case remains
the same and petitioners are still required to have procurators. It
is only the initial questionnaire which is different. Ministers
involved with RCIA should make a special note to review the
marital status of their RCIA participants as the Quick Start
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program would be an excellent avenue for presentation of their
cases. The program consists of two sessions. The first session
is an information evening and the second, by appointment only,
is the individual meeting when the cases are presented.
Petitioners will be required to consult with a procurator prior to
the individual meetings. A bulletin announcement is included.
Parishes are also encouraged to reproduce and distribute the
yellow flyer (Common Questions Regarding Divorce and
Remarriage in the Catholic Church) distributed by the Tribunal
earlier this year. Please consult the Tribunal website
(www.dioceseofcleveland.org/tribunal) for comments from
previous participants in the program. Contact Lynette Tait at
the Tribunal, 216-696-6525 or 800-869-6525 ext. 4000, with
questions or to obtain a master of the flyer. Locations are:
-Annunciation Church, Akron, on 6 October 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
with the follow-up individual meetings on 10 November 2009.
-St. Jude Church, Elyria, on 8 October 2009 at 7:00 p.m. with
the follow-up individual meetings on 5 November 2009.
-Holy Spirit Church, Garfield Hts., on 1 October 2009 at 7:00
p.m. with the follow-up individual meetings on 29 October
-Our Lady Help of Christians/Jesus Our Teacher, Lodi, on 30
September 2009 at 7:00 p.m. with the follow-up individual
meetings on 28 October 2009.
DIOCESAN PASTORAL PLANNING OFFICE
THRIVING IN A As parishes move forward with the implementation of mergers,
TIME OF PARISH closings, welcoming, and collaboration in different areas of
TRANSITION AND ministry, they face many new challenges. This time of parish
RECONFIGURATION reconfigurations in dioceses across the United States has been
described as the greatest period of change in the history of the
American Catholic Church. To provide further support to all
parishes in the diocese and their Parish Pastoral Councils,
Finance Councils, Parish Merger / Closing Transition Teams,
Cluster Planning and Coordination Teams, Pastors,
Administrators, Parish Life Coordinators, and members of
Parish Groups, we have invited John Reid from the Reid Group
based in Seattle to give two evening presentations. These
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sessions are scheduled from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Wednesday 9
September at the St. Basil the Great Parish Center in Brecksville
and on Thursday 10 September at the Center for Pastoral
Leadership in Wickliffe.
These evening presentations will offer insights and skills in
understanding and dealing with change. Participants will
discover how to be more effective in addressing resistance,
conflict and transition. They will also learn ways to honor the
past and deal with hurt and loss on a personal and interpersonal
John Reid is the founder of The Reid Group, a national Catholic
Church consulting and mediation firm founded in 1997. He and
his colleagues have worked with many dioceses, colleges,
religious communities, parishes and schools. Before starting
The Reid Group, John served with the Archdiocese of Seattle
for 18 years where he had responsibilities for formation, training
and placement for lay and ordained ministers, and was also the
Coordinator of Transition Services. He is a past chairperson of
the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) and co-
authored "The Gospel Call to Collaborative Ministry." John has
given talks and workshops nationally on topics of Leadership,
Collaboration, Conflict Management and Change. He holds
Master degrees in Divinity and Administration from the
University of Notre Dame.
Please find enclosed the flyer describing this event. Copies were
also mailed to parishes in August. If you have any questions, or
would like further registration details, please contact Ann Marie
Perkins in the Pastoral Planning Office via phone (216-696-
6525 or 800-869-6525, ext. 4210) or email
CATHOLIC UNIVERSE BULLETIN
NEWEST EDITION Please consider putting the follow item in your parish bulletins:
OF THE Check out the newest edition of the Catholic Universe Bulletin
CATHOLIC Web site at:
UNIVERSE www.catholicuniversebulletin.org. Daily updates on local,
BULLETIN WEB national, international, entertainment and sports stories. Call
SITE editor, Nancy Erikson to submit photos and stories from your
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parish, 216- 696-6525, ext. 2710.
CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
CATHEDRAL OF Helen D. Schubert Concert Series – FALL 2009
ST JOHN THE 1007 Superior Ave @ E 9th St; Cleveland OH 4411
EVANGELIST All concerts are FREE.
HELEN D. Free secure parking: Cathedral Garage on Rockwell Ave at E
– FALL 2009 14 October, Wednesday @ 7:30pm
Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia PA)
Gwyn Roberts, recorder & flute; Emlyn Ngai, violin; Eve
Miller, cello; Richard Stone, lute; Adam Pearl, harpsichord
From Venice to Leipzig (Period instrumental music of the
Italian & German Baroque)
works by: Castello, Kapsberger, Vivaldi and Locatelli; Walther,
Telemann, JS Bach, CPE Bach
20 November, Friday @ 7:30pm
Mount Union College Choir (Alliance OH)
Dr. Scott W. Dorsey, Director
Works by: Handl, Victoria, Sweelinck, Lauridsen, Walton,
Vaughan Williams, Britten, Whitacre
5 December, Saturday @ 7:30pm
Daughters of St Paul Choir (Boston MA)
Sr. Bridget Charles Ellis FSP, Director
When a Child is Born (Christmas with the Daughters of St
Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation
CATHOLIC Telefunding continues through mid-September.
CHARITIES Letter 3 will be mailed in mid-October to all previous donors
ANNUAL APPEAL who have not yet donated to this year’s appeal.
UPDATE You can go on-line to www.charitiesannualappeal.org for parish
statistics to see how your parish is progressing towards its goal.
Mark your calendars: the dates for the 2010 Parish Appeal dates
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are 13-14 February 2010.
YOUTH HELPING The newly revamped Youth Helping Catholic Charities Program
YOUTH kicks off in schools this August. Please be sure to let Celeste
CATHOLIC Cappotto (email@example.com or 216-696-6525 ext. 1049)
CHARITIES know if your school will be participating. Complete details on
PROGRAM this year’s program can be found at
PROPERTY & CASUALTY OFFICE
CHANGE OF Effective 1 July 2009, Kathy Pierce is now responsible for the
DIRECTORS Property & Casualty Office along with her responsibility for the
Workers' Compensation and Unemployment programs. Palmira
Juras continues with her responsibilities for the Health Benefits
Office, the Pension Plan, and the Group Life and Disability
We thank Palmira for her outstanding stewardship over the
Property & Casualty Office, especially as that office dealt with
some very challenging times in recent years. Palmira inherited this
office from Brother Larry Verbiar and has handled it well for many
Kathy has done an excellent job with the Worker's Compensation
program since the retirement of Tony Gielty and this has made it
possible for us to better balance the work in the benefit and
The requirements and challenges in all these programs
are increasing and also being impacted by parish consolidation.
Palmira and Kathy are very capable of helping the Diocese to deal
with these challenges. Both are extremely dedicated to their work
with the Diocese and both are very effective at striking the right
balance for serving our employees, parishes and other
organizations well, while responsibly managing these programs for
These offices are all on the 8th floor of 1404 East Ninth Street, so
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there is no address change. Palmira Juras is at extension 4590.
Kathy Pierce is at extension 3400.
Clergy and Religious
OFFICE OF EVANGELIZATION
PROCLAIMING Proclaiming Christ 2009, Sharing the Gift of Our Catholic
CHRIST 2009, Faith, is an online conference for ministry leaders who wish to
SHARING THE broaden their understanding of catholic evangelization in the
GIFT OF OUR U.S. today. Participants will view presentations by ministry
CATHOLIC FAITH experts, raise and discuss questions with the presenters and
other participants, learn about the latest resources, and
experience the strength that comes from being part of a
nationwide evangelizing Catholic community. Presented by the
Paulist National Catholic
Evangelization Association (PNCEA), it will take place over the
Internet, 19-23 October 2009. No travel, no accommodations
needed. The interactive conference will have daily prayer, faith-
sharing, discussions, exhibits, three keynote presentations and
seventeen focus sessions—all by experts in Catholic
evangelization. Cost is $150. Sign up by 30 September for
discount of 50%. Use Coupon Code FC9. To learn more go to
www.proclaimingchrist2009.org Don’t miss out!
DIOCESAN VOCATION OFFICE
MARK YOUR For further information on any or all of the following programs,
CALENDARS – contact the Diocesan Vocation Office at 1-440-943-7630.
VOCATION DATES National Priesthood Sunday – 25 October 2009
National Vocation Awareness Week – 10-16 January 2010
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life – 7 February 2010
Bishop’s Seminary Brunch – 21 March 2010
World Day of Prayer for Vocations – 25 April 2010
DISCOVERY DAYS Discovery Days will be offered for the seventh and eighth grade
students at the Center for Pastoral Leadership during the 2009-
2010 school year. A brochure with dates and sign-up
information was mailed in August to all Elementary Principals
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and Directors of Religious Education. For further information,
contact the Diocesan Vocation Office at 440-943-7630.
WEB SITE Contest entries are being submitted for this year-long web site
AWARENESS promotion campaign which began in May 2009. Join the many
CAMPAIGN parishes, schools, and organizations who are already
participating in the opportunity to win cash prizes for promoting
our vocation web sites. For a brochure and further information,
contact the Diocesan Vocation Office at 440-943-7630 or the
web site, www.clevelandcatholicvocations.com. All entries are
to be mailed to the Diocesan Vocation Office, Center for
Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe, OH
SEMINARY VOCATION OFFICE
BORROMEO Borromeo Parent/Student Information Nights provide an
PARENT/STUDENT evening for high school age young men (grades 9-12) and their
INFORMATION parents to come and learn about Borromeo Seminary and the
NIGHTS college seminary program. A Q&A session and tour of the
building are also included. Please call 440-943-7631 for more
HIGH SCHOOL High School Visit Days are geared to young men who are
VISIT DAYS interested in learning more about Borromeo Seminary. Students
are invited to come for a presentation of the seminary, which
includes discussion time for any questions they may have, a
tour, Prayer Service and lunch. High school teachers and youth
ministers are asked to bring a group of high school students for
a visit. Please call 440-943-7631 for dates and details.
CROSSING THE This series is intended for men at least 22 years of age. The
THRESHOLD monthly group will meet at the Center for Pastoral Leadership
SERIES from October through April. The series will explore the
theological, pastoral, and personal issues concerning priesthood
today. Priests of all ages will offer various presentations and
reflections throughout the series. If you know of a man who
could benefit from this experience, please encourage him to call
or e-mail Father Michael Gurnick (440-943-7660 or
firstname.lastname@example.org). You are also welcome to
simply submit his name, address, and telephone number/e-mail
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and we will be happy to initiate a conversation.
JOINT SEMINARY Come and See Weekends provide an overnight retreat for men
COME AND SEE between 17 and 44 years of age, offering the opportunity to
WEEKENDS experience life at the seminary. Please take a few minutes to
identify a few potential candidates and call (440-943-7660), fax
(440-943-7577), or email (email@example.com)
their names and addresses. We’ll see that they receive a personal
INVITATION TO Does your parish have a vocation committee or group? We
VOCATION invite them to visit the seminaries at the Center for Pastoral
COMMITTEES Leadership! To set up a group visit contact the Seminary
AND GROUPS Vocation Office at 440-943-7660 or
ST. MARY SEMINARY
SAINT MARY Funds are now available through the "Outreach Trust Fund"
SEMINARY administered by St. Mary Seminary. Through the donation of a
generous family, money has been provided for certain specified
purposes. This Fund is unrelated to the Seminary Endowment
TRUST FUND Fund which helps finance operations at the Seminary. Trustees
are now accepting proposals requesting funding up to $6,500.
Proposals must promote at least one of the following charitable
The poor and needy of the neighborhood immediate to St. Mary
Seminary (including its present location 28700 Euclid Avenue,
Wickliffe, Ohio, and its former location at 1227 Ansel Road,
Cleveland, Ohio.) The poor and needy would include, but not
be limited to, such institutions as parishes and social service
agencies within the areas described above.
The promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life,
with special concern for the needs of minority groups such as
the Black and Hispanic communities.
The social needs of the larger diocesan community, such as the
Diocesan Hunger Fund, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the East
Side Catholic Shelter, etc.
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The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, e.g. the Diocesan
Mission in El Salvador.
For an application, please write to Ms. Kathryn Simmons, St.
Mary Seminary, 28700 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe, Ohio 44092.
Completed applications must be submitted no later than 1
October 2009. Grants will be funded in December
2009 or January 2010.
OFFICE OF CATECHETICAL SERVICES
“JANUARY THAW: The twelfth annual ―January Thaw: Fire Up‖ Conference is
FIRE UP” scheduled for Saturday, 23 January 2010, at Archbishop Hoban
CONFERENCE High School in Akron. This catechetical conference is
sponsored by the Southern Area Catechetical Leaders of the
Diocese of Cleveland in association with the Diocesan Office of
Catechetical Services. Dr. Michael Carotta, author and
nationally renowned speaker will keynote. The conference
offers over 20 sessions for Parish and School Catechetical
Leaders, Youth Ministers, Catechists, Teachers, RCIA Teams,
and interested adult Catholics, plus a 2 session retreat option.
A brochure with registration information will be included in the
December Memorandum and online at www.oce-ocs.org/ocs.
Please note that registration is limited and will be processed on
a first-come first -served basis.
For additional information, call the Southern Area Office of
Catechetical Services at 330-773-7621 or contact
ADULT FAITH In honor of the 10th anniversary of the publication of Our
FORMATION Hearts Were Burning Within Us, the premier document on adult
SKILL BUILDING faith formation, the Office of Catechetical Services will be
WORKSHOP offering an Adult Faith Formation Skill Building workshop on
Saturday 19 September 2009 at Holy Martyrs in Medina from
9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This workshop is for those who lead adult
groups in the parish. Come. Learn new techniques, practice new
skills, get new ideas and find the latest resources to help serve
the adults in your parish. Register on line at the Office of
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Catechetical website: www.oce-ocs/ocs.org For further
information please contact Mary Lou Neckel-James at 216-696-
6525 X 1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Life and Development
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
WELCOMING IN A Every parish in the diocese is being called to be a welcoming
TIME OF community! Recently each parish received a copy of a new
TRANSITION manual entitled, The Parish Welcoming Manual, designed to
help staff and parishioners during this very important time of
transition. In the next several months, those who worked on
the development of this manual are offering workshops which
we hope will prove valuable to all of our parishes: Welcoming
in a Time of Transition!
The second of these free workshops will be offered on 10
October 2009 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe.
The evaluations from people who attended the first workshop on
August 1 were very positive and noted the helpful and practical
insights presented by diocesan staff and parish leaders. The
session begins at 9:00 AM (with refreshments at 8:30 AM) and
concludes at 12:30 PM. A final workshop will be repeated on 9
January 2010 at St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Cleveland. See
the attached brochure for details.
Welcoming in a Time of Transition is a workshop designed for
all parishes, not just those in clusters experiencing parish
consolidations. That’s because, in our mobile society,
parishioners often drive past their local parish – across city and
even county boundaries – to worship in a place they feel they
belong and are ―at home.‖ And when their parish of choice
closes or merges, they find themselves looking for a new parish
and asking, ―Will I find a new home?‖ Perhaps a new home in
The workshop highlights practical considerations related to
welcoming from the recently-published Parish Welcoming
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Manual, as well as insights from parishes that have successfully
welcomed and integrated new members as a result of parish
consolidations. The workshop also includes a set of ―Topical
Breakout Sessions‖ to allow participants to delve deeper into
key areas of welcoming relevant to their current parish situation.
Please find enclosed the brochure for this workshop. Copies
were mailed to parishes in late June. If you have any questions,
or would like further registration details, please contact Paula
Moscovic via phone (216-696-6525 or 800-869-6525, ext.
3500) or email (email@example.com).
THE ASIAN Please save this date – 4 October, 2009! The Asian Catholic
CATHOLIC Communities of the Diocese invite all to attend the Annual
COMMUNITIES OF Asian Gathering on Sunday 4 October 2009. The celebration
THE DIOCESE will begin with liturgy celebrated by Bishop Anthony Pilla at
St. Clarence Church at Noon. After the mass there will be fun,
festivities and fabulous food for all. St. Clarence Church is
located at 30106 Lorain Road in North Olmsted. Please join us!
THE GAY AND The Body of Christ in the Diocese of Cleveland is called to
LESBIAN FAMILY reverence each person as a unique reflection of God’s
MINISTRY OF THE presence in our midst.
CATHOLIC Parent Support Group
DIOCESE St. John Vianney Parish, Mentor
Meeting usually on the second Sunday of each month
Parish Outreach Groups
Two Parish outreach groups exist to provide a place of support,
affirmation and spiritual guidance to gay and lesbian Catholics.
Ascension of Our Lord Parish, Cleveland (Westside)
Facilitator: Ms. Laurie Jurecki (216) 671-5890 – ext. 19
Gesu Parish, University Heights (Eastside)
Facilitator: Rev. Lorn Snow, S.J. (216) 932-0617
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GAY AND LESBIAN FAMILY MINISTRY RETREAT
Emmaus 2009 is the tenth annual retreat for gay and lesbian
Catholics and Parents, Family and Friends of gay and lesbian
Catholics. It will be held at the Jesuit Retreat House (JRH) on
25-27 September 2009. LUKE 24: 13-35 tells us that two of
Jesus’ disciples met Him on the road to the village of Emmaus.
The encounter renewed their hopes and sense of mission. Gay
and lesbian Catholics continue to meet Jesus as they journey to
the Kingdom. The Emmaus retreat is a time to encounter Christ
and to share the journey together. To register, please visit the
Jesuit Retreat House website: www.jrh-cleveland.org
PRISON MINISTRY The annual workshop for prison ministry volunteers sponsored
WORKSHOP by the Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated will be held on
Saturday, 17 October, 2009, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, at the
Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. This year’s
workshop is entitled, Addictions in the Prison Population, and
will help us to better understand addictions as a brain disease
and the spectrum of problems related to addictions. Speakers
will include Dr. Christina Delos Reyes, the chief clinical officer
of the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board,
Father Mark Latcovich, a panel of addiction counselors who
work with the prison or re-entry system, and personal testimony
from a recovering ex-prisoner. A registration brochure is
contained in this issue of the Diocesan Memorandum.
Health and Human Services
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY MINISTRY
FAMILY Family gospel insights and intercessions for each Sunday are
PERSPECTIVES included in the Family Perspectives and General Intercessions
flyer for the month of October 2009.
Our website: www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/mfm lists pre-
cana days, NFP classes, trainings, divorce recovery groups and
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FAMILY DAY 28 Increase family well-being and reduce the risk of children using
SEPTEMBER 2009 drugs by promoting eating dinner as a family. A sample bulletin
blurb is included in this memo. Facts and effective promotional
materials are free at www.CASAFamilyDay.org.
U.S. BISHOPS Find the latest marriage theology, news and resources at the U.S.
MARRIAGE Bishops website www.foryourmarriage.org for engaged and
INITIATIVE married couples. Consider posting this in your parish bulletin and
website. The U.S. Bishops marriage pastoral is being drafted.
PREPARE-ENRICH Please check the website for upcoming dates, locations, times and
TRAINING more information.
Enrich.htm A couple ministry training is being planned for the
Suburban West district for late September-October.
CANA II - Couples where one or both have been previously married and/or
REMARRIAGE & who have dependent children from a previous relationship are to
STEPFAMILY receive special preparation as required by the Diocesan Marriage
PREPARATION policy. The Cana II Process is designed to address the specific
issues of remarriage and stepfamilies. Preparation involves a
Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and two additional evening
sessions on stepfamily life. The next scheduled series is at St.
Joseph Parish, 12700 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 44136-3484, on
Saturday, 12 September 2009 and on Tuesday evenings,
September 22nd and 29th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The cost is $125.
Please call 216-334-2975 for information. Registration forms are
PREP A PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program)
RELATIONSHIP Skills Workshop for engaged or couples will also be accepting
SKILLS married couples wishing to improve communication and other
WORKSHOP FOR relationship skills to enhance their marriage. The next workshops
ENGAGED AND are Sunday, September 27, 2009 at Holy Martyrs, 3100 South
MARRIED Weymouth Road, Medina, 44256; and Sunday, November 8,
COUPLES 2009, at St. Christopher, 20141 Detroit Road, Rocky River
44116. Hours for both are from 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. (includes Mass).
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PREP fulfills the Pre-Cana requirement. Cost of the program is
$95 per couple. Registration forms are available online at
www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/mfm/PREP.htm For more
information call 216-334-2978.
An Engaged Encounter Weekend is a great way for couples to
prepare for marriage. The next Engaged Encounter is the
weekend of October 9-11 at the beautiful St. Leonard Retreat
House in Avon, OH. Couples can register by calling 216-556-
CARE FOR THE Currently, there are no Care for the Caregiver: Stress Reduction
CAREGIVER for Family and Friends scheduled in the diocese. The 2009-2010
schedule of these workshops is currently being formulated. The
2009-2010 schedule will be ready by mid-September. Please
check the Department for Marriage and Family Ministry website
at www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/mfm for the most current
workshop schedule or call Jason Lewis at 216-334-2974 /
MINISTRY OF The next Ministry of Consolation training will be at St. Anselm
CONSOLATION / Church, 12969 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, 44026 beginning in
BEREAVEMENT September. The dates are as follows: 17, 22, 24, 29 September
and 1 October from 6:00-9:30 p.m. each evening. The cost is
$125.00 and includes all materials, texts, and a light supper each
evening. This is the last Ministry of Consolation training that will
take place in 2009. New sessions will be scheduled for the early
part of 2010 after the Advent and Christmas season. Please see
the enclosed brochure in this memorandum. If you would like to
register, please call Jason Lewis at 216-334-2974 or e-mail
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
BLANKET SUNDAY Last year’s SVDP Blanket Sunday Collection was another great
COLLECTION FOR success because of the caring and concern that parishes and
FALL 2009 parishioners put into this drive. Plans for the Saint Vincent de Paul
Society's 2009 Blanket Sunday, 11 October 2009 are well
underway. The Blanket Sunday Drive is a collection to aid needy
families, children, elderly, and the homeless identified as most in
need in each metropolitan area. All parishes (pastor, last year's
contact person, or SVDP parish group) should have been contacted
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by the SVDP Central Office at this point in time. If a parish has not
been contacted and wants to participate, please call Patricia Boggins
as soon as possible.
As last year, we are promoting a cash only collection since the
SVDP has no central collection/distribution points as in the past. If
your parish receives any donation of blankets, etc., you will need to
deliver the items to a charity in your area or to a nearby SVDP
Ozanam Center during the week following Blanket Sunday. The
money collected will be used to purchase not only blankets, cribs,
beds, but also other clothing items to provide warmth for needy
families served through the SVDP charitable network.
Parishes are asked to deposit all monetary donations collected
through the envelopes or second collections and send a check to the
SVDP Diocesan Central Office who will oversee and keep track of
the money collected. Money will be used by the SVDP throughout
the Diocese of Cleveland.
For more information, phone Patricia Boggins at the SVDP Central
Office, Cathedral Square Plaza, at 216-696-6525 (L.D.1-800-869-
6525) ext. 3150.
OFFICE OF DISABILITY MINISTRY
ANNUAL WALK OF Here is a wonderful opportunity for your parish to both assist in
HOPE IN SUPPORT supporting the ministerial needs of persons with disabilities while
OF PERSONS WITH affirming the dignity of human life. The annual Walk of Hope
DISABILITIES ON will be held on Saturday, 3 October 2009, at OLA/St. Joseph
SATURDAY, Center ~ 2346 W. 14th Street in Cleveland in the Historic
3 OCTOBER 2009 Tremont neighborhood.
Our Catholic Charities Disability Services & Ministries has
conducted this Walk for 32 years as a way to publicly show
support for individuals who are often marginalized by our society.
Many parishes have used the Walk as an opportunity for families
or particular groups (such as those preparing for confirmation or
those needing service hours) to demonstrate social justice.
The Walk of Hope assists our ministries and services to provide
needed programs for persons with disabilities. Some of these
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include the Continuing Adult Education Program, the many
socials and activities for people with disabilities, the four sites of
Camp Happiness, advocacy & referral services, special programs
for the d/Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and mentally ill and many
outreach programs which provide religious instruction. Your
hope makes our services & ministries possible!
For further information, contact Marilyn Scott at 216-334-2963 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dennis
McNulty at 216-334-2962 or
email@example.com or visit the website at
Join us at the Walk of Hope on Saturday, 3 October!
ONE LIFE AT A The only Catholic hospice in Cuyahoga County, and one of only
TIME two within the Diocese, Holy Family Hospice serves individuals
in private homes, nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living
communities in Cuyahoga, Lake, Medina and Summit counties
as well as at Holy Family Home in-patient hospice. For
information, please call (440) 888-7722.
ROSARY HALL AT ST. VINCENT CHARITY HOSPITAL
SEPTEMBER IS HAVE YOU OR A LOVED ONE EVER: Felt the need to cut
ADDICTION down on your drinking or drug use?
RECOVERY Been annoyed by people criticizing your drinking or drug use?
MONTH Felt guilty about your drinking or drug use?
If you answered ―yes‖ to any of the above questions, please plan
on attending an informational program entitled ―Alcohol and
Drug Addiction: The Treatable Disease”. These programs
will be provided by addiction specialists from Rosary Hall at St.
Vincent Charity Hospital. Rosary Hall was founded by Sister
Ignatia Gavin and is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of St.
Dates and Locations:
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16 September St. Bernadette’s Church (Dempsey Hall)
2256 Clague Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145
23 September St. Vincent Charity Hospital
(St. Vincent DePaul Room)
2351 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
30 September Solon Medical Campus (Community Room)
33001 Solon Road, Solon, Ohio 44139
All programs will be held from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.
DAN SCHUTTE The Summit North II Cluster of Holy Family, St. Eugene, and
CONCERT - Our Lady of Victory invites you to the Dan Schutte Anniversary
WORKSHOP Concert, with prayer and reflections, on Friday, 11 September
at 7 pm at Holy Family Church on 3179 Kent Rd in Stow. For
Dan Schutte, this is the 30 Anniversary of composing ―Here I
Am Lord‖. He has written or collaborated on many familiar
songs including: ―Though the Mountains May Fall‖, ―Only This
I Want‖, and ―City of God‖. There is no charge, but a free will
collection will be taken. A workshop for liturgical ministers,
and all, will be offered Saturday morning, from 9:30 to noon, at
Holy Family.. Although there isn’t a fee, we ask for registrations
to help us plan for refreshments. Send list of name(s), noting
your parish, to Schutte Workshop, Our Lady of Victory, 73
North Ave., Tallmadge, or an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For
further info, call Georgia Hilke at 330-686-2587.
WOMAN KIND- Join Womankind for the 15th Annual Hearts and Hands
15TH ANNUAL Luncheon Sunday, 4 October at the InterContinental Hotel. The
HEARTS AND featured speaker will be Dr. Paul Wright, author of ―Mother
HANDS Teresa’s Prescription: Finding Happiness and Peace in
LUNCHEON Service.‖ Doors open at 11 AM with a silent auction. Tickets
start at $60 with sponsorship opportunities available. For
reservations and further information, contact Bernadette
Boguski at 216-662-5700 or go to
Womankind provides free prenatal care and a full range of
support services to pregnant women and families in need.
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HOMECOMING AT ATTENTION!
ST. CECILIA We welcome all former parishioners and schoolmates of St.
Cecilia Church and school. Please plan to attend our last
Homecoming event Sunday 20 September 2009. We will start
with Mass at 10:15 a.m. and a luncheon afterward.
If St. Cecilia Church has been significant in your life, please
St. Cecilia Church
3476 E.152nd St.
Cleveland OH 44120
RSVP: 216-921-3310, Ext.10
SAMARITAN St. Malachi Church is again sponsoring "Samaritan Ministry," a
MINISTRY four-session program of education on alcoholism and substance
abuse. The program is especially designed to help clergy,
pastoral ministers, social service workers, chemical abuse
counselors and other interested persons develop a deeper
understanding of alcoholism and substance abuse and its effects
on an individual's life and the lives of family members. Topics
include: an overview of alcoholism and substance abuse,
medical aspects, substance abuse and personality development,
family issues, substance abuse and the adult child, the twelve
steps, treatment, recovery and prevention. Participants are
encouraged to make themselves available as resource persons in
their local parish or community. The Samaritan Ministry
program is free of charge. Sessions will be held Tuesday
evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 PM from 6-27 October at St.
Malachi Church hall, 2459 Washington Ave. (grounds of St.
Malachi church). For further information or registration, please
call Lori Zehe (440) 888-4947 or via email
Lzehe@sbcglobal.net or St. Malachi call (216) 861-5343 or
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