A weekly publication of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

Friday, August 16, 2019




Faithful jam Holy Rosary Church for Mass as the feast of the Assumption celebration begins

“Buona festa (happy feast),” Bishop Nelson Perez said as he greeted the faithful who filled every nook and cranny of Holy Rosary Church in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood on Aug. 15.


The bishop, who was joined by Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries, Bishop emeritus Anthony Pilla and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who heads the Archdiocese for the Military Services, celebrated 10 a.m. Mass on the feast of the Assumption. Several other priests, including Holy Rosary pastor Father Joseph Previte, concelebrated. Deacon Bruce Battista, who serves at Holy Rosary, assisted. The archbishop is a native of the diocese and has attended the Assumption Mass many times.




Watch a welcome back message from the superintendent of schools, Dr. Frank O'Linn

As schools across the diocese start the new academic year, Dr. Frank O'Linn, superintendent of schools, recorded a special message for parents and students.



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New pastor installed at St. Vincent de Paul, St. Patrick parishes in Cleveland

It’s the beginning of a new era at St. Vincent de Paul and St. Patrick parishes in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood.


On Aug. 11, Bishop Nelson Perez installed Father John Pfeifer as the pastor of both parishes. He replaces Father Ken Wallace at St. Vincent’s and Father Jim Ols at St. Patrick’s. Father Wallace, who asked to become a senior parochial vicar due to health issues, was assigned to Holy Family Parish in Parma. Father Ols was granted permission to retire early, also due to health issues. Father Pfeifer’s appointment as pastor of both parishes began on June 30.






Diocesan visitors will share their faith at US/Mexico border

Next week, a group of 28 people from 14 different parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland will embark on an unforgettable journey to share their faith and learn more about conditions at the United States/Mexico border.


In partnership with the Encuentro Project and the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, Texas, leaders from Welcoming the Stranger -- a diocesan ministry group that aids immigrants and refugees -- will travel with lay and religious volunteers to areas within El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. The group will depart Cleveland in two waves, with the first 14 volunteers leaving the week of Aug. 22 and a second group of 14 on Aug. 29.




College students gain valuable experience as Catholic Community Connection Summer Fellows

Eight students from five Catholic colleges in Ohio spent 10 weeks this summer working as Catholic Community Connection Summer Fellows. The program, which just completed its third year, pairs college students with partner agencies to help the students gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills, said Marian Rubin, CCC president.


“The program also encourages student awareness of the breadth and depth of Catholic ministries in Northeast Ohio,” Rubin added.




Seventeen diocesan Catholic schools earn Thomas Edison STEM awards

The Ohio Academy of Science announced that 54 Ohio schools – including 17 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland -- and 556 teachers received The Governor's Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2018-2019 school year. Each school will receive a special Governor's Award certificate and each teacher will receive a complementary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science. The Technology Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency funded the program.




And finally...

Did you know Dr. Justin Havemann will discuss "Caregiving for Dementia from A Physician's Perspective" during a 6 p.m. dinner on Aug. 22 at The Village at Marymount?


Father Jacob Bearer will present a Night of Healing Prayer at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Madison.


Don’t forget that many parish festivals are still taking place. Visit dioceseofcleveland.org/festivals for a complete listing.




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