Friday, July 30, 2021
Against a backdrop of woods, a manmade lake and Amish-built structures, Bishop Edward Malesic got his first look at Damascus Catholic Mission Campus, home of the Catholic Youth Summer Camp in Centerburg, Ohio on July 23, a picture-perfect summer day.

Dan DeMatte, co-founder and executive director of Damascus, gave the bishop a private tour of the nearly 500-acre facility, located about 40 minutes northeast of Columbus and about two hours from each major city in the state.

In 1946, residents of Brooklyn Village who were Catholic worshiped at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Because of rapid population growth during the post-World War II years, Cleveland Bishop Edward Hoban established a new parish, St. Thomas More, on March 8, 1946.

The first Mass was celebrated a month later, on April 7, 1946, in the Memphis Theater. A multipurpose building constructed soon after served as the first church, school and social hall.

Christian music lovers may be familiar with Joe Melendrez for his music, ministry, God Swagg Apparel and other ways of sharing the Good News. The 2008 University of Dayton alumnus will be live at The FEST beginning at noon on Aug. 8 in Brookside Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, 3900 John Nagy Blvd., Cleveland. “Take Courage” is the theme for the 21st annual FEST, which will be both live at the new location and virtual for those who choose to participate from the safety of their homes.

St. Malachi Parish, well known in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for its community outreach programs assisting those in need, will be the location of one of six bronze sculptures from the Matthew 25 Collection created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz.

The announcement was made on July 29 by the Community West Foundation, which acquired the artwork. Each sculpture is thematically connected to the mission of one of Community West Foundation’s grantees and community partners.

As Congress works on drafting this year’s appropriations bill, efforts to retain restrictions on the federal funding of abortions that were established by the Hyde Amendment continue. The bill, named after Rep. Henry Hyde, has prevented federal funding of almost all abortions since its adoption in 1977.

Earlier this week, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, encouraged Catholics to lobby their legislators to prevent taxpayer-funded abortions.

In his Scripture reflection for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Bishop Edward Malesic talks about how a little boy with five barley loaves and two fish saved the day when Jesus and the apostles were faced with a huge, hungry crowd who had been listening to Jesus preach. However, if the boy hadn’t shared his food with Jesus, would he have fed the multitudes according to that day’s Gospel? The bishop said the story essentially is a test of the disciples’ placement of trust. Would they rely on their own abilities and resources or would they trust in Jesus’ ability? They seemed to be counting on money to buy the needed food, but no one had enough.

Read the complete reflection here.
Paulist Father Dave Dwyer, host of the popular "Busted Halo Show" on Sirius XM Channel 129, the Catholic Channel, visited Cleveland on July 25 for "Beer, Brats and Busted Halos."

The Theology on Tap Downtown event was attended by young adults and radio show fans from as far away as Michigan.

Father Dave, as he is known, answered questions of faith and recorded the answers for replay on his show, which airs 6-8 p.m. weekdays. He also promoted the event on his show.

And finally...
Did you know that Father Mark Latcovich, president-rector of Borromeo and Saint Mary seminaries, will speak about the Heart of a Shepherd initiative at the First Friday Club of Cleveland’s lunchtime meeting on Aug. 5 at The City Club? Cost is $35. Click here for reservations and more information. Bishop Edward Malesic will address the First Friday Forum of Lorain County at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Center. Cost is $20. The First Friday Club of Greater Akron will hear from State Rep. Tavia Galonski , D-Akron, at 11 a.m. Aug. 6 at Our Lady of Cedars, 507 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Fairlawn. Click here for information and reservations. Cost is $20. 
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for “Nine Nights of Night Prayer,” 8:15-9 p.m. Aug. 7-15 at nine churches across the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Click here for more information, including a list of participating parishes.
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