Friday, July 3, 2020
“The ground is broken, but the project is not done. We have a building to build, money to raise and we need help from you,” said Donna Humphrey, co-founder and director of development for Blessing House, a faith-based, nonprofit children’s crisis care center in Lorain. “It’s not what we’ve done, it’s what you’ve done. This is part of God’s project of hope.”

A large crowd gathered on June 26 behind St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Elyria Township for the groundbreaking of the new, 16,700-square-foot facility. The groundbreaking ceremony culminated a three-year, community-driven planning process. Star Builders Inc. is the general contractor.

Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J of Oakland, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops joined a coalition of more than 150 interfaith and civil society organizations calling on Congress to provide immediate federal aid to benefit low-income students in non-public schools. In recent weeks, more than 100 Catholic schools announced that they plan to close, and hundreds more are facing an uncertain future because of the economic losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Thirteen ministries, schools and organizations in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland are among a record number of Northeast Ohio employers honored this year in and The Plain Dealer’s annual Top Workplaces ranking.

The list, which is broken into large workplaces (500 or more employees), mid-size workplaces
(150-499 employees) and small workplaces (149 or fewer employees), includes nonprofits, schools, firms and organizations.

Honorees were based on employee surveys as well as responses and adaptations to the coronavirus pandemic.

I am deeply disappointed by today’s Supreme Court action ruling as unconstitutional a Louisiana law requiring that individuals who perform abortions at clinics have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital, as the court’s majority opinion held the law placed an undue burden on women seeking abortions. Once again, the protection of the life of the unborn takes a backseat to other considerations.

Viewers who tune in to the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland’s 6 a.m. Sunday TV Mass on WJW-TV 8 likely noticed some significant changes, including to the scenery. Beginning on May 3, the recording of the Mass moved from the Fox 8 studios to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.

For many years, the weekly TV Mass was recorded at the Fox 8 studios, but the coronavirus pandemic prevented access to the studio, which necessitated the change in recording location. Viewers noticed and expressed appreciation for being able to experience Mass from the cathedral.

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