A weekly publication of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

Friday, October 11, 2019




Record crowd at Alleluia Ball 2019 keeps dream of Catholic education alive by raising $1 million-plus for tuition aid

Oct. 5 was a night to remember as the biennial Alleluia Ball hit a historic fundraising level of $1.32 million to provide tuition assistance for students in Catholic schools throughout Northeast Ohio. Also unveiled at the event was a new initiative, “Fund a Dream,” that supports funding an individual student’s tuition.


Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, celebrated Mass before the dinner. He also was the keynote speaker at the sold-out event attended by nearly 1,000 people at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.




Bishop Amos joins Asian Catholic community for annual Mass, celebration

The diversity of Asian and Pacific Island customs melded with the unity of faith at the 23rd annual Asian Catholic community Mass and gathering on Oct. 6 at St. Clarence Church in North Olmsted. Encountering Christ in Harmony was the event theme.


Bishop Martin Amos, bishop emeritus of Davenport and a native of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, celebrated the liturgy. Concelebrating were eight priests serving in the diocese who are members of various Asian communities – Fathers Kiran Kumar, OdeM, Arnel Lagman, Augustine Pham Van Lan, Cirilo Nacorda, Hilary Nguyen Hai Khanh, Moses Seounghoon Cheoung, Albert Veigas and Peter Bang -- as well as Deacon Charles Shin.




Interfaith leaders share thoughts, ideas on combating racism

Several leaders of various faith communities in Greater Cleveland took time on Oct. 8 to join Bishop Nelson Perez for a lunch meeting and discussion at his residence, the rectory at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.


Members of the ecumenical group gather a few times during the year to discuss issues of common interest and to build relationships among their faith communities. Father Joseph Hilinski, pastor of St. Barbara Parish in Cleveland and diocesan delegate for interfaith and ecumenical affairs, coordinates the gatherings.




Walk of Hope 'friendraiser' benefits Disability Services and Ministries

An enthusiastic crowd gathered the morning of Oct. 5 in Mylott Hall, adjacent to historic St. Augustine Church in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.


“This is more than just a fundraiser,” said Marilyn Scott, director of disability services for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland’s Disability Services and Ministries. “It’s a ‘friendraiser.’”


The event, which began in 1977, originally was a walk-a-thon that originated from multiple locations. Over the years, the concept has been refocused. It now circles the perimeter of Lincoln Park, which is across West 14th Street from St. Augustine Church.






SS. Robert & William School's social justice program, early childhood center draw bishop's interest

During his Oct. 7 visit to SS. Robert & William School in Euclid, Bishop Nelson Perez had plenty to see and do. He celebrated Mass for the school community, toured the school and learned about its “No Place for Hate” social justice program. In addition, the students did a living rosary with prayers in several languages. Read the story HERE.


The bishop also stopped by the Guardian Angels Early Learning Center, which opened last month, and spent some time interacting with the youngsters there. Click HERE for details on the new GAELC, which was dedicated on Oct. 2, the feast of the guardian angels.



Second 'Lunchtime Live' broadcast features Frank O'Linn, diocesan school leader

Lights, camera, action! The second edition of “Lunchtime Live,” a production of the Diocese of Cleveland Communications Department, hit social media on Oct. 9. Hosted by Brooke Uehlein, the program featured Frank O’Linn, secretary for education and superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.


What made the broadcast even more special was that it originated in the Kathleen Cochrane DePiero Broadcast Studio at St. Albert the Great at Assumption Academy in Broadview Heights. The student crew from the school’s Viking AM news ran the show -- from camera operation and floor direction to graphics and production.




Be involved in the Church, bishop tells young people at Friday Friday Club of Greater Akron

Using Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation "Christus Vivit" (“Christ is Alive”) as a roadmap, Bishop Nelson Perez discussed the role of young people in the Church on Oct. 4 during his annual address to the First Friday Club of Greater Akron.


A large crowd filled the Tangier ballroom, including students from Hoban, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Walsh Jesuit and Our Lady of the Elms high schools and Holy Family, St. Mary, Seton Catholic, St. Hilary and St. Francis de Sales elementary schools – all in the Akron area.




And finally...

Did you know Catholic radio station AM1260 The Rock is currently having its fall spirit drive through Oct. 11?


Bishop Perez will celebrate a Mass at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland to mark the canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman of England.


The Thirteen Choir will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.




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