Friday, February 22, 2019
A statement from Bishop Perez calling for prayers at the beginning of the Vatican Summit on the protection of children in the Church
February 21 marks the start of the special Vatican gathering bringing together Church leaders from around the world aimed at strengthening child protection policies, increasing accountability and ensuring transparency in a global effort to rid the Church of the evil of child sexual abuse. Joining my prayers to those of the Holy Father in Rome, I ask the church in the Diocese of Cleveland to pray for the success of this meeting so that it is, in the words of Pope Francis, “a powerful . . .

Annual Lenten revival welcomes all to draw joyfully toward Christ
Lent is a season of remembering Jesus’ sacrifice. While Catholics anticipate Easter through the somber season of Lent, the 40-day holy season is not intended to be depressing.

“Joy in the Midst of it All,” the theme of the 2019 Annual African American Collaborative Lenten Revival, is designed to help Catholics across the Diocese of Cleveland move closer to Christ.

This year’s revival will be at 7 p.m. March 6-8 at Holy Spirit Parish, 4341 E. 151st St., Garfield Heights.

Bishop Perez celebrates Mass, breaks bread, shares stories with Baldwin Wallace Newman Catholic Student Association
It was a snowy Sunday afternoon when Bishop Nelson Perez and his emcee, Deacon Bruce Battista, arrived at the historic Lindsay-Crossman Chapel at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea on Feb. 17. As students and other guests arrived at the interfaith chapel for the weekly 5 p.m. Mass, the bishop mingled with them taking time to chat with nearly everyone in attendance.

The chapel, which was built in 1872, was gutted and renovated nearly 30 years ago to . . .

St. Basil the Great Parish Social Concerns Commission hosts program on Catholic social teaching
An estimated 200 people from about a dozen parishes turned out to hear Bishop Nelson Perez speak on Feb. 19 at St. Basil the Great Parish in Brecksville.

?The event was hosted by the parish’s Adult Catholic Education Program and Social Concerns Commission, which focus on helping people to live the Gospel. The bishop focused on Catholic social teaching. His topic was “Act Justly, Love Tenderly and Walk Humbly with Your God.”

Father Joseph Eddy installed as Our Lady of Mount Carmel West pastor
Sunday, Feb. 17 was a day of rejoicing for both Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish on Cleveland’s West Side and the Mercedarian community. The parish and school are staffed by Mercedarian friars and religious sisters. The friars just concluded the celebration of their 800th anniversary year last month.

Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries celebrated the Mass, with the new pastor, Father Joseph Eddy, O. de M., Father Michael Rock, O. de M., provincial superior of the Mercedarians, and several other Mercedarian friars as concelebrants.

Cleveland diocesan seminaries compete in inter-seminary basketball tournament
Last weekend, seminarians from Saint Mary’s and Borromeo seminaries in Wickliffe traveled to Columbus to compete in the 39th annual Josephinum Shootout basketball tournament.

A total of nine seminaries from all over the United States were represented at the tournament. In addition to the two teams from the Diocese of Cleveland, also participating were Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus; Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati; St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania . . .

And finally...
Did you know you're invited to attend the Saint Mary Seminary Winter Festival at 5 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe? This fundraising dinner event will feature Eastern European foods and supports the seminary student activities fund.

Also, enjoy lunch and listen to Dr. Michael D. Johnson, president, John Carroll University address the next gathering of the First Friday Club of Cleveland at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 at The City Club of Cleveland.

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