Friday, June 11, 2021
God is writing a story with the Diocese of Cleveland. For nearly 175 years this Diocese has been an epic story of men and women who have fed, clothed, educated, healed and housed countless people, and in doing so, has shown the face of Christ to people of goodwill, while inviting all to worship around His altar.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland engaged MASS Design Group to create a health campus in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland that will provide care for the whole person. The health campus will build on the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine’s 170-year legacy of healing by bringing new services to the community that address the social determinants of health.

It will encompass property owned by the Sisters of Charity at East 22nd Street (also known as Sister Ignatia Way) and serve as a catalyst for revitalization in the surrounding area.

About two dozen members of the Keeping the Faith: The Future of Catholic Elementary Schools task force attended Mass and an in-person meeting on June 7 at SS. Robert and William Parish in Euclid.

Organized and hosted by Father John Betters, SS. Robert and William pastor and a member of the steering committee, the event included Mass celebrated by Father Don Oleksiak, vicar general and moderator of the curia – who also is a steering committee member – lunch and a discussion.

In his homily, Father Oleksiak told the group that Catholic education is “a great gift that was given to us after a great struggle.”

There is big news from The FEST 2021 organizers.

The daylong celebration of faith, family and fun, which will mark its 21st anniversary this year on Aug. 8, will have both in-person and at-home options. There is a new location for the in-person events: The 132-acre Cleveland Metroparks Brookside Reservation, 3900 John Nagy Blvd., Cleveland. The park, which is easily accessible from interstates 71, 480 and 77, can be accessed from Ridge Road near the Cleveland-Brooklyn border.

When St. Joseph Parish was established 75 years ago during the post-World War II population boom, Strongsville was a rural, largely undeveloped community.

Father Joseph McGraw, the first pastor, had been an Army chaplain during the war. The first church was created from an old Quonset hut.

Fast forward to 2021, and St. Joseph Parish is bustling with dozens of organizations and activities and more than 2,750 families.

More than 100 members of Holy Name societies from across the eight-county Catholic Diocese of Cleveland gathered on June 5 for the annual Mass at St. Columbkille Church in Parma. Bishop Edward Malesic was the principal celebrant.

It was the first weekend that many of the pandemic-era restrictions were lifted throughout the diocese. As a result, many of the worshipers opted not to wear face masks. Social distancing is no longer mandated and so the group could gather for coffee, donuts and fellowship after the liturgy.

After more than a year without in-person events, the Cleveland Chapter of Young Catholic Professionals embraced the opportunity to gather for Mass and a networking social on June 7.

Bishop Edward Malesic celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist with Father Joe Previte, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish and YCP chaplain, and Father Martin Dober, parochial vicar at St. John Vianney Parish, concelebrating.

In his homily, the bishop told the group that only God could fulfill God’s promise. “God is God,” he said. And Jesus was the Messiah, the long-awaited savior God promised to us.

In his Scripture reflection for the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi, Bishop Edward Malesic recalls the description of an animal sacrifice in the Book of Exodus. It’s important to understand it in the context of the Old Testament, when blood was sprinkled on both the altar – representing God – and the people.

Catholics believe that Jesus’ sacrifice on the altar of the cross is commemorated at Mass in the consecrated bread and wine.
Read the entire reflection here.
And finally...
Did you know that the courtyard between the parking garage and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is closed while renovations take place on the north side of the cathedral? The handicap ramp has been relocated temporarily to the Superior Avenue entrance. The exterior renovations are in anticipation of next year’s 175th anniversary of the cathedral and the diocese.

Also, weekday Mass – Monday through Friday – is celebrated at 7:15 a.m. and noon in the cathedral. The noon weekday Mass and 8 a.m. Sunday Mass are livestreamed on the diocesan website.
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