Friday, January 17, 2020
Annual Mass for Life set at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Catholics across the country will observe the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on Jan. 22. On that day, the Church calls for prayers for an end to abortion and support to build a culture of life that reminds the world that through the grace of God, all human life is made in his image, destined to live forever and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.

Bishop Nelson Perez will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, East Ninth Street and Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland, to give thanks to God for the gift of human life. All are invited to attend the liturgy.

Chavez to head new Office of Missionary Discipleship
The Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, announces the appointment of Miguel Chavez to serve as director of the new Office of Missionary Discipleship for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Under the direction Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND, secretary for parish life, Chavez will lead this newly formed office and be responsible for visioning, planning, creating, and implementing programs and supportive processes which promote a culture of missionary discipleship in the diocese.

Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” offers a new vision of the Church as an evangelizing, outward-facing community, one that takes the first step, is involved and supportive, is fruitful and rejoices.

Bishop Perez 'parachutes in' for St. Albert the Great's 60th anniversary
“The Church has asked a lot of me in the 30 years I’ve been a priest,” Bishop Nelson Perez told the congregation at St. Albert the Great Parish in North Royalton. He visited the parish on Jan. 12 to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

It actually was a double celebration because Father Ed Estok, the pastor, was marking 35th anniversary of his Jan. 12, 1985 ordination to the priesthood.

“I’ve been in three different dioceses, in different parishes and there have been changes in the Mass during those 30 years,” the bishop said.

St. Angela Merici School rolls out the welcome for bishop's visit
Between the more than 450 students at St. Angela Merici School and a number of parishioners, the congregation at the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Jan. 13 nearly filled the church.

It was a special day as the Fairview Park parish rolled out the welcome mat for Bishop Nelson Perez. The bishop began his visit with Mass for students in the lower and upper school. Teachers served as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. Concelebrating were Father Michael Lanning, pastor; Father Don Dunson and Father Rob Ramser, parochial vicars. The bishop noted that the theme for the liturgy was vocations.

UH St. John Medical Center prides itself on retaining its Catholic identity
St. John Medical Center, part of the University Hospitals network, continues to maintain its identity as a Catholic hospital. Crosses can be seen in hospital rooms and in the hallways. There is a chapel adjacent to the front entrance and just outside the main entrance is a statue of Jesus with his arms spread to welcome all who enter the facility.

Bishop Nelson Perez paid his second visit to the 204-bed acute-care hospital on Jan. 10. He spent time chatting with hospital administrators and members of the pastoral care team before taking a brief tour of the full-service hospital that offers comprehensive medical and surgical care for children and adults. It sits on a nearly 50-acre campus at 29000 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.

Annual State of the Schools Report is available in digital format for 2019-2020
In 1847, when the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland was established, the average cost of a children’s prayer book was six cents. College tuition average was $30 with room and board totaling $1 per quarter. Much has changed over the last 173 years.

During those early years, Catholic education was on the move in the United States and in Ohio. Together with the bishop, the first priests of the diocese believed that parishes needed schools adequate to meet the needs of their children. The system of Catholic schools grew, funded by parishes and staffed largely by religious sisters, priests and brothers.

Text-to-donate option available for Catholic Charities 2020 Annual Appeal
The parish appeal for the 2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal will take place during the weekend of Feb. 8-9.

But the work of Catholic Charities and its countless ministries continues 24/7, 365 days a year throughout the eight-county Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

That’s one reason that Catholic Charities is offering a new, more convenient option for people to make donations. Text-to-donate can be done by using a smartphone. Create a new text to send to 41444 and type CCHOPE in the body of the message.

YCP hears from Bishop Perez as part of Executive Speakers Series
“Once we were not, and then we were; but there was never a time that God was not.”

Bishop Nelson Perez used that quote to open his address to a large group of Young Catholic Professionals on Jan. 14 at the St. Ignatius High School Breen Center for the Performing Arts in Cleveland. YCP asked him to speak on the topic “Constancy in the Changing World” as part of its Executive Speakers Series.

“Think about that for a minute,” the bishop said, adding that change is inevitable. He reminded the crowd that while change can be both painful and good, both require leaving something behind.

And finally...
Did you know Tommy and Cara Dome will be the presenters at the next Marriages of Grace Cana Night, 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Bain Park Cabin, 21077 N. Park Drive, Fairview Park? Cost is $20 per couple.

The third annual Cleveland diocesan priests vs. Borromeo seminarians basketball game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. A suggested $2 donation will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The 2020 Young Catholic Men's Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. Elvis Grbac will be the keynote speaker and Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez will deliver a special message to attendees.
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