Friday, August 12, 2022
Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood will be bustling Aug. 12-15 as the 123rd annual celebration of the feast of the Assumption takes place on Mayfield Road near Holy Rosary Church, 12021 Mayfield Road.

Festival hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Aug 12, noon to midnight Aug. 13, noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 14 and noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 15.

The event includes Masses, processions, a Marian shrine, religious articles, children’s games, inflatables, mini golf, an air-conditioned casino in the lower church hall, a run, live music, a concert by the Holy Rosary Choir, food, vendors, raffle drawing and more.

A beaming Father Tom Woost, pastor of St. Brendan Parish in North Olmsted, scurried around the church and sacristy before Sunday Mass on Aug. 7 ensuring candles were lit, servers were ready, flowers were arranged properly and other last-minute tasks were handled.

It wasn’t just an “ordinary” Sunday Mass. Father Woost’s older brother, newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop Michael Woost was preparing to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at his brother’s parish. Among the concelebrants was another Cleveland native and member of the episcopate: Bishop Neal Buckon, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA. Another Woost brother, Father Dave Woost, pastor of Divine Word Parish in Kirtland, also concelebrated, as did several other priest friends of the new bishop.

It was a happy 'Homecoming' for The FEST 2022
Hot, steamy and sometimes stormy weather didn’t deter tens of thousands of people who headed to the Center for Pastoral Leadership on Aug. 7 for The FEST 2022.

The event theme, “Homecoming,” was apropos as this was the first time since 2019 that the event took place in its longtime location.

As always, the closing Mass was the highlight of the day, followed by fireworks.

The other usual attractions returned also, including national Christian bands, local entertainment, the Kids’ Zone, Marc’s Mom’s Station, Man Cave, rosary tent, adoration, confession, family blessing tent, vendors and information tents, games, a petting zoo, food, beverages, FEST merchandise and more.
Watch video highlights of this year’s FEST here.

Click here to read a recap of the event and to view a photo gallery.
The diocesan Vocation Office hosted the annual Bishop’s BBQ, a social gathering at the Center for Pastoral Leadership to welcome young men who are considering a possible vocation. The event included prayer, a cookout, games and an opportunity to chat with priests, deacons and Bishop Edward Malesic.

“I am so happy to be here with you tonight,” he said, scanning the chapel.

There was a special guest for the Aug 3 event, he said, introducing Bishop Larry Kulick, bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Bishop Malesic’s successor there.

A whirlwind day ended on a prayerful note for Auxiliary Bishop Michael Woost as he presided at night prayer following the Hillbilly Thomists’ concert the evening of his episcopal ordination.

“This is awesome,” he told the crowd that nearly filled St. Wendelin Church in Cleveland on Aug. 4. “I’m sorry I missed the concert,” he said.

The Hillbilly Thomists, a group of Dominican friars who recorded three popular albums of Americana and bluegrass music, embarked on their first concert tour this summer, The Old Highway Tour. The Cleveland show was their last stop on the seven-city tour.

In his weekly Scripture reflection, Bishop Edward Malesic writes that the ancient Israelites were told when the Passover of the Angel of Death would occur. They were given time to prepare because they knew the day of the Lord’s arrival. Then, at the predetermined time, they sacrificed the lamb, put the blood on the doorposts of their homes, ate the unleavened bread and waited for the freedom that would be theirs in the morning.

In the day’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that we are not often told the hour when the “thief” is coming for us. Death is often unexpected, unwelcome and untimely. Therefore, we must always be prepared.

Read the entire reflection here.
And finally...
Did you know that the Sisters of St. Joseph are celebrating their 150th year of service and presence in Northeast Ohio? They will have an ice cream social with music and conversation 2-4 p.m. Aug. 14 at their motherhouse, 3430 Rocky River Drive, in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood, to mark the milestone.

Radio station AM 1260 the Rock is conducting its Listener Survey 2022. Listeners are invited to click here to participate in the survey. Those who prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey should call 216-227-1260 and one will be mailed with a return envelope.

Remember that Nine Nights of Night Prayer continues through Aug. 15 at nine churches throughout the diocese. Churches open at 8 p.m. and prayer begins at 8:15. There will be an ice cream social after prayer on the final night, Aug. 15. More information is available here, including a list of all participating churches.
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