A weekly publication of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

Friday, June 14, 2019




CYO gears up for 83rd season of athletics in the diocese

“You are like teachers in a school of Christian values,” said Bishop Nelson Perez as he addressed the annual Catholic Youth Organization Membership Conference on June 8 at the Holiday Inn, Strongsville. CYO inspires young people to know God, to love God and to serve God through athletics.


Representatives -- including athletic directors -- from parishes and schools with CYO programs gathered to pray, reflect and discuss proposals for CYO athletics. The diocese’s CYO program is entering its 83rd season for more than 20,000 athletes through grade 12 who participate in a variety of sports.




Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist welcomes over 60 newly confirmed

Keeping with tradition, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist was filled for the Sunday vigil Mass on June 7 as more than 60 teens and adults received the sacrament of confirmation from Bishop Nelson Perez on the eve of Pentecost.


In his homily, the bishop explained that just as the apostles were never the same after Pentecost, neither are we. Initially, the apostles were frightened, he said. They were in the room with Jesus and afraid to leave for fear that the same thing that happened to him was going to happen to them. Ultimately, they were right since all but one – John – died as martyrs.




Immaculate Heart of Mary parishioners spend a day in service to the community

The arrival of spring brings new life, including blooming flowers and growing grass. It also provides an opportunity for a fresh start by cleaning up houses inside and out and sprucing up yards. But for the elderly, the sick and those with physical challenges, these tasks may be difficult or impossible.


Help for many in the Cuyahoga Falls area arrived on June 8 when more than 150 parishioners from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish rolled up their sleeves and tackled more than a dozen projects during “Christ on the Corner,” the second annual parish day of service.






Diocesan schools' leader applauds state senate's proposed education budget

On June 11, the Ohio Senate released a proposed budget plan including a number of enhancements that may benefit families who desire to educate their children in nonpublic schools. Catholic schools throughout Ohio would be options for families choosing programs strengthened by the proposed plan.


The budget proposal provides additional funding for the Cleveland Scholarship Program, along with procedural changes that should enable families better access. A funding increase and accompanying rule change for the EdChoice Expansion scholarship for families of limited income will permit eligible students in grades K-12 to apply by 2020.




First Friday Club of Cleveland welcomes University of Notre Dame Professor Peter Casarella, Ph. D., for an insightful lecture on Latino Catholicism

Today, the term ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Latino’ are often used interchangeably although each has a separate meaning. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish and are descended from Spanish-speaking areas of the world. Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people of Latin America.


While guest speaking at the First Friday Club of Cleveland on June 6, Dr. Peter J. Casarella provided those gathered insight into terminology and other myths or misconceptions of Latino theology.




Find faith-filled adventures this summer using FORMED.org with your family

School is out, the sun sets later and the weekly carpool to PSR has concluded. Typical family conversations this time of year may center on planning the next amusement park trip or securing a pool pass at parks and rec.


For parents, caregivers and as Catholic role models to youth, how frequently does the conversation around the patio table focus on living out the liturgical calendar when the school or youth group is on summer hiatus?




And finally...

Calvary Cemetery, 10000 Miles Ave., Cleveland, will have a flag retirement ceremony at 1 p.m. June 15. Worn, tattered, or faded American flags in need of proper retirement can be dropped off for later retirement.


Theology on the Rocks will have its next gathering for food, fellowship and faith for adults 40 and over beginning at 7 p.m. on June 17 at the Tangier - Bistro Bar in Akron. Matthew DuBroy will discuss "Salvation and Evangelization: Will many go to heaven?"


Theology on Tap West will have its next gathering of food, fellowship and faith for young adults in their 20s and 30s at 7 p.m. on June 19 at Around the Corner Saloon and Cafe in Lakewood. Kyle Kiffer will discuss "Faith and Finances."




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