A weekly publication of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

Friday, November 15, 2019




212 diocesan high school students, Bishop Perez prepare for biennial NCYC

It’s countdown time for the 212 high school students who will represent the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland at the biennial National Catholic Youth Conference Nov. 21-23 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The youth delegates represent 19 entities: 18 parishes and Elyria Catholic High School.


They will join Bishop Nelson Perez, who begins a three-year term as National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry episcopal liaison this month – just in time for NCYC. The appointment was announced in July. Bishop Perez succeeds Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, who is wrapping up two three-year terms as NFCYM episcopal liaison.




Catholic Faith Network debuts on Spectrum Cable

Subscribers to Spectrum Cable will be able to view a new channel, Catholic Faith Network, beginning Nov. 15. CFN will be located on Spectrum channels 381 and 1381.


A service of the Word, the Church, the Bishops and the Encounter of Faith and Culture, CFN’s mission is to proclaim the Lord’s teachings to the Catholic community and beyond.


“I am deeply grateful for the decision of the programmers of Spectrum Cable to make this wonderful Catholic television content available to the faithful,” said Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez.




Fatima Family Center celebrates 46th anniversary at annual breakfast

“Celebrating the Legacy," Fatima Family Center's annual breakfast on Nov.2, marked a legacy that spans almost a half century.


Nearly 350 attendees enjoyed breakfast, had chances to bid on more than 80 silent and live auction items and honored five longtime supporters of the center and Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood.


Honorees were Jacqueline Rogers-Overbey, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Harry Boomer, LuAnne Peters and Charley Faye Laury.






Support a school during #weGiveCatholic and update classrooms that build a future

In less than 20 days, #weGiveCatholic will go live encouraging Catholic philanthropy via mobile devices and desktops across Northeast Ohio. This annual day of online giving takes place the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving -- Dec. 3 this year -- on what traditionally is known as Giving Tuesday.


Throughout November, the 227 schools, parishes, ministry groups and other Catholic organizations participating in the crowdfunding campaign will share inspiring stories via social media, online platforms and grassroots marketing initiatives to rally support and raise funds for specific organizational needs.




Bishops elect new leadership, approve action items at USCCB fall meeting

Bishop Nelson Perez was among the bishops who attended this week’s United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Sessions were conducted Nov. 11-13.


Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles was elected as the new USCCB president. He served as vice president of the conference for the past three years and is the first Latino chosen to lead the group. Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron was elected vice president. Both began their terms at the conclusion of the general assembly and will serve for three years.




A statement from Bishop Perez on the administration's effort to repeal the DACA program, and related cases now being considered by the United States Supreme Court

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers lower court rulings that threaten the existence of the DACA program, I add my voice to that of Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, once again urging Congress and the president “to work together to find a permanent legislative solution to the plight of all DREAMers, including DACA beneficiaries.




20th annual St. Elizabeth of Hungary awards celebrate leadership, service of Catholic Charities' employees

Patrick Gareau, president and CEO, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, was disappointed to learn that the winner of the organization’s 2019 St. Elizabeth of Hungary Award could not attend the Mass and awards presentation program on Nov. 8. But when he learned why, Gareau understood.


“He’s putting a new roof on a house for someone who can’t afford it,” Gareau explained, adding, “That’s the type of person he is.”




And finally...

Did you know Theology on Tap West will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Around The Corner Saloon & Cafe in Lakewood? "Theology of Family: Whatever God Wants" will be discussed by Bill and Margarita Selig.


Catholics throughout the world are encouraged to honor those in cloistered and monastic life on Nov. 21, Pro Orantibus Day. The event was instituted in 1953 by Pope Pius XII and expanded by Pope St. John XXIII.




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