Friday, November 20, 2020
Despite restriction from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, St. Augustine Hunger Center is planning to prepare and serve about 12,000 Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 28. But it needs volunteers and donations to do so.

Those wishing to register for a meal, those needing a ride to a meal location or those needing a meal delivered to them should call the church at 216-781-5880. Those who can volunteer to assist with preparing, packaging or delivering meals to the homebound also should call 216-781-5880.

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens and people are being asked to forgo Thanksgiving gatherings and shelter at home, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is reminding the faithful that several options are available to help keep them connected to the Church, including televised and livestreamed liturgies and a new page of Advent resources that will be available on the diocesan website beginning Nov. 23.

Although the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains, parishes throughout the diocese are following health and safety guidelines that allow for limited capacity in churches.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland delivers more than 150 services at 60 location to more than 400,000 people annually. During the COVID-19 health crisis, those services are even more important as people continue to struggle with discrimination, unemployment, addiction and poverty amid the worsening pandemic.

But thanks to a $100,000 matching grant, donors to the 2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal can double their impact and make a difference by helping to fund these vital programs.

The most recent parish to receive a visit from Bishop Edward Malesic is also one of the oldest in the diocese, which was established in 1847.

Catholics had been living in the Wooster area since about 1812 -- primarily Germans and Italians who moved from Maryland and Pennsylvania. Times were tough, but their numbers grew gradually until about 15 charter families formed St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Wooster.

They laid the cornerstone for the first church in 1847, and added a school by 1865.

COVID-19 is impacting every aspect of life for people all ages, including the elderly, who may struggle with isolation.

Before the pandemic shut down Summit County Adult Day Services -- a ministry of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland -- in March, about 100 people, ages 75-85, were part of the Akron-based program that offered a variety of activities and socialization opportunities for senior citizens. Monday through Friday, they would arrive at the former St. Peter School on Biruta Street where participants were divided into four groups, based on their abilities.

Much like the parable of the master who entrusts his wealth to three of his servants, expecting to see an increase in his investment, God gives each of us different gifts. We are expected to use those our gifts – especially the gift of faith -- to help build up God’s kingdom. Jesus tells us our faith, which is a great treasure, is mean to be shared. If we hide it or don’t use it, we will lose it.

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Pope Francis appointed Father David J. Bonnar, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown. Bishop-elect Bonnar will be ordained to the episcopacy and installed as the sixth bishop of Youngstown on Jan. 12, 2021 in St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown. The see has been vacant since the June 5 death of Bishop George V. Murry, SJ.

The announcement was made on Nov. 17 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

And finally...
Did you know that the new Advent resource webpage will debut Nov. 23? Watch the diocesan website for more information.

Catholic Charities Summit County Women’s Board is taking donations to purchase gift cards for its Bags of Love Christmas program for families in need. Click here for more information or to make a secure online donation.
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