Friday, February 21, 2020
Father Donald Oleksiak to govern the diocese as administrator until the pope chooses another bishop for Cleveland
The College of Consultors in the Diocese of Cleveland has elected Reverend Donald P. Oleksiak of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland as the diocesan administrator until Holy Father Pope Francis names a new bishop of the diocese. This election and vote of the consultors was required by canon law and put into motion by the pope’s appointment of former Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez to serve as the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on January 23.

Archbishop Perez says a fond farewell to Cleveland during his installation as Philadelphia's archbishop
“I can’t do this alone. It’s not about me,” Archbishop Nelson Perez said during the homily of his installation Mass as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He said many people helped him to get where he is today, including his family and those he worked with in the archdiocese, the Diocese of Rockville Center, New York, where he served five years as an auxiliary bishop, and the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland where he was bishop for the past 2½ years.

First Friday Club of Cleveland learns about EDWINS, a program of second chances
Father Gary Chmura, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Cleveland’s Shaker Square neighborhood describes Brandon Chrostowski, one of his parishioners, as someone with vision and energy. “Sometimes his energy is frightening,” he added.

Marsha Mockabee, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, called Chrostowski a solutions person. “He’s flexible, responsive and nimble,” she said, when he deals with what she called “homecomers,” people who are returning from prison.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of spiritual preparation
Lent begins on Feb. 26, Ash Wednesday. Although not a holy day of obligation, many Catholics attend Mass and receive ashes. Check your parish schedule for information on Masses and distribution of ashes.

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland, the mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, will have Mass at 7:15 and 11 a.m., noon, 1, 5:10 and 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday. Ashes are distributed at Mass.

Father Oscar Pratt to share message of embracing the spirit of Lent at African American Collaborative Lenten Revival
Father Oscar Pratt of the Archdiocese of Boston will travel to Cleveland during the first week of Lent to serve as the revivalist for the 2020 annual African American Collaborative Lenten Revival.

This year’s revival will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 26-28 at St. Agnes + Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 6800 Lexington Ave., Cleveland. “Who Am I?” will be the revival theme and the focus of Father Pratt’s message.

Father Pratt was raised in a musical family and enjoys singing.

Catholic response issued regarding outbreak of coronavirus
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to cause concern with more than 75,000 cases – most in China – reported throughout the world. The Centers for Disease Control confirmed 15 cases in the United States as of this week. The death toll surpassed 2,100 worldwide.

Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace; Sean Callahan, president of Catholic Relief Services; and Sister Mary Haddad, RSM, president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, issued a statement on Feb. 18 addressing the Catholic response to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Kathryn Purcell chosen as next Saint Joseph Academy president
The Saint Joseph Academy, Board of Directors named Kathryn Purcell as the school’s next president, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Purcell will succeed Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis, SJA’s first president, who will retire in June.

Purcell joins SJA after 24 years at Laurel School, where she most recently served as associate head of school. She also served in other leadership, administrative, teaching and coaching roles at Laurel during her tenure at the all-girls school.

As a senior administrator at Laurel, Purcell has a crucial role in both the daily operations and the strategic vision of the school.

And finally...
Did you know Schola Antiqua, a Chicago-based professional early music collective, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland? No tickets are required. Free and secure parking is available.

"Love, Sex and Death: Why the iGeneration needs the Catholic faith" will be presented by Dr. David Anders at 10 a.m. Feb. 29 at Doubletree by Hilton Independence. This talk is being promoted by Catholic radio station AM1260 The Rock.

Also, Marriages of Grace will provide a marriage enrichment retreat 1-8 p.m. Feb. 29 at Doubletree by Hilton Independence. Speaker Dr. David Anders shares how he and his wife came to know and embrace the Catholic Church's teachings on marriage.
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