Friday, January 15, 2021
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland will observe the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on Jan. 22, the 48th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The landmark decision established that a woman’s right to choose an abortion throughout her pregnancy is protected by privacy rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

Focal point of the observance will be the annual diocesan Mass for Life, which will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.

Responding to a growing demand for careers in health and wellness, Ursuline College's Breen School of Nursing and Health Professions will offer a new master’s degree program in Integrative Wellness Studies. Classes for the new program begin in May.

“We’re calling this degree program a curated Master of Arts in Integrative Wellness Studies because students select -- or curate -- a variety of courses and practical experiences that together will empower them to help others improve their lives,” said Kathryn M. LaFontana, the college’s vice president for academic affairs.

In his reflection for the Baptism of the Lord, Bishop Edward Malesic explains the meaning of the word “baptism,” which is to immerse or drench. He explains how baptism by John was a baptism of repentance – except for Jesus. The mercy of God – through Jesus – is poured into the soul of each human who is baptized, making the water of the sacrament of baptism life changing in a powerful way, since the life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit comes to fill our souls.

Read the complete reflection here.
The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is celebrating the ecclesial ordination and installation of Bishop David Bonnar. Cleveland Bishop Edward Malesic was among those invited to the liturgy on Jan. 12 in the Cathedral of St. Columba in Youngstown.

After the new bishop’s appointment was announced on Nov. 17, 2020, Bishop Malesic issued a statement congratulating him and said, “I look forward to working together with Bishop Bonnar as a brother bishop on the Catholic Conference of Ohio.

As our nation celebrates the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 18, we have the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of his life and to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached -- that the sin of racism can be defeated by active love and the light of faith. Following a year of heightened racial tension, we need to pause and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of peace and non-violence, racial equality and justice for all. This is important for us and for our future generations.

During this special Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we recall the prayer of Jesus, “That they all may be one.” (John 17:21)

The theme for the 2021 week of prayer for Christian unity is, "Abide in my love ... You shall bear much fruit," from the Gospel of John, Chapter 15. We fulfill our common Christian call in our love for Christ and for one another. In serving those most in need, all Christians bear fruit for Christ.

And finally...
Young Catholic Professionals is offering Refiner’s Fire, a free, monthly, half-hour micro-interview series beginning at noon CST on Jan. 19 featuring experienced Catholic business leaders from diverse industries in interactive, live sessions. Harry Kraemer kicks off the series. Click here for more information or to register.
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