Friday, January 14, 2022
The annual diocesan Mass for Life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. Principal celebrant will be Bishop Edward Malesic. A number of priests are expected to concelebrate the liturgy, which will be livestreamed on the diocesan website. In addition, the Mass can be viewed on the diocesan Facebook page and heard live on radio station AM 1260 The Rock.

“It is our intent to bring students, families and people from all over the Diocese of Cleveland to celebrate all life at this special liturgy,” said Mary von Carlowitz, director of the diocesan Office for Human Life.

The first CLE 21:6 event on Jan. 8 drew about 350 high school students to John Carroll University for a day focusing on the theme of “Discipleship.” There were speakers, breakout sessions, parish download times, guided prayer, Mass, games and free time, an opportunity for confession and adoration.

Francine Costantini, diocesan director of youth ministry, said the event name was a play on Cleveland’s 216 area code and also was based on Matthew 21:6, “The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.”

Lindsay Fullerman, founder of Fit From Faith, shared her story about becoming fit in mind, body and spirit with the First Friday Club of Cleveland during its Jan. 6 lunchtime program. Her topic was “The Catholic Call the Health.”

“God gifted us with our bodies,” she said, acknowledging that many people – including herself – struggle with body image and their identity. Her struggle continued until she realized that wellness involves an integrated approach to health focusing on the whole person.

Bishop Edward Malesic will celebrate a Mass marking the legacy of the late civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. The Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan website or it can be viewed later on demand.

The liturgy, which is sponsored by the Shepherding Committee of the diocesan Office for Ministry with African American Catholics, will take place on the national celebration of Rev. King’s birthday, which is a national holiday. The Diocesan Gospel Choir will provide choral accompaniment.

In his weekly Scripture reflection for Jan. 9, The Baptism of the Lord, Bishop Edward Malesic talked about how people had been looking for salvation ever since the fall of Adam and Eve. Their sin in the Garden of Eden so long ago infected all of us, causing us to be born in a state of separation from God called original sin. The consequence of that sin is death. The people were filled with expectation and were asking whether John the Baptist might be the Christ, the one to save them and restore the life that was lost when Adam and Eve rejected God.

Read the entire reflection here.
Catholics nationwide are preparing to pray 9 Days for Life, the annual pro-life novena beginning on Jan. 19.

In the Catholic Church, a novena consists of prayers or actions over nine successive days. This pro-life novena is an opportunity for recollection and reparation in observation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the United States Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the country.

Walsh University’s Division of Education is the first in Ohio to launch a new master of dyslexia therapy degree. The new program is designed to directly address recent state legislation requiring all Ohio school districts to provide screening and services for children with dyslexia or other reading challenges beginning this year. Walsh is enrolling students for the summer term.

When children are identified with dyslexia, public schools often lack staff with the appropriate training to help. On Jan. 9, 2021, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 436, Ohio’s Dyslexia Law.

And finally...
Did you know that Theology of the Body Cleveland is offering two one-day introductory courses? Registration deadline is Jan. 22 for the Jan. 29 session at St. Justin Martyr Parish in Eastlake and Feb. 19 for the Feb. 26 session at St. Mary of the Falls Parish in Olmsted Falls. Cost for the daylong program is $45. Register online or email for more information.
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