Friday, December 13, 2019
Bishop Perez sends greetings from the Holy Father to faithful of the diocese
Every five years, each diocesan bishop is required to visit the Holy See to give a report of his diocese. Bishop Nelson Perez and the bishops of Region 6 -- Ohio and Michigan -- are in Rome now for their regular visit to the threshold of the apostles, or ad limina apostolorum, in the Latin translation.

Included are visits to Vatican offices and Masses at various sacred sites. The highlight of the visit is an audience with Pope Francis during which they discuss various issues facing the local Church.

Parish meetings share information, help begin healing process after priest's arrest
Officials from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, St. Joseph Parish (Strongsville) and St. Helen Parish (Newbury) collaborated with law enforcement the evenings of Dec. 10-11 to share information, answer questions and provide resources to St. Joseph and St. Helen parishioners and families of Sts. Joseph & John School in the wake of last week’s arrest of Father Robert McWilliams, a priest with ties to both parishes and the school. McWilliams was charged with possession of child pornography.

Disability Services and Ministries takes its 35th Journey to Bethlehem
Even a case of laryngitis couldn’t keep Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries from one of his favorite Advent events: the annual Journey to Bethlehem presented by Disability Services and Ministries, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.

The 35th annual Mass and lunch took place on its traditional day -- the first Saturday of December. It was hosted on Dec. 7 at St. Augustine Parish in Tremont. St. Augustine offers many Catholic Charities ministries, including programs for the deaf and hard of hearing. Father Joseph McNulty, St. Augustine pastor, is director of Catholic Charities Ministry for Persons with Disabilities.

First Friday Club of Cleveland hears how Christ is working in Elvis Grbac's life
One thing is front and center in Elvis Grbac’s life: Christ.

The former NFL and Super Bowl-winning quarterback shared with the First Friday Club of Cleveland on Dec. 5 how his faith has molded him. Faith and family are his priorities, Grbac said -- and faith is definitely first.

As a 10-year-old, he remembered dressing early for Easter Mass, lying in his bed and contemplating the crucifix.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center lights up for Christmas
More than 100 St. Vincent Charity Medical Center caregivers and their families participated in the medical center’s Celebration of Lights on Dec. 6 at the hospital in downtown Cleveland. The Christmas holiday event was reinstituted for the first time since 2010.

After enjoying hot cocoa and cookies, the group moved outside to the front of the hospital where they were welcomed by Janice Murphy, SVCMC president and CEO.

And finally...
Did you know, on Dec. 13 Pope Francis will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his priesthood? The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops through a letter sent to bishops across the country is encouraging U.S. parishioners to honor the Holy Father's jubilee during Advent with special prayers and Mass petitions.

Theology on Tap West will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 18 at Around The Corner Saloon & Cafe in Lakewood. Culture Project missionaries Laura Riebe and Andrew Benne will discuss"Community: It Is Not Good for Young Adults to Be Alone."

St. Aloysius - St. Agatha Parish will present a live Nativity 6-8 p,m, Dec. 19, featuring animals, actors, music and refreshments. The parish is at 10932 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland.
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