Friday, May 13, 2022
The day after the May 9 announcement of his appointment as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop-elect Michael Woost was easing into his new ministry.

Wearing a zucchetto and pectoral cross, two of the symbols of a bishop, he celebrated Mass on May 10 for the Borromeo and Saint Mary seminary community.

“This is surreal,” he said after processing into the seminary chapel. “It’s an honor to be here this morning with all of you.

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland will be joining Catholics around the country in prayer and fasting on May 13, the memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. The initiative was proposed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

“Let us peacefully and prayerfully ask for Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to compassionately walk with mothers, families and all those in need as we all join together to strive to create a culture of life,” said Mary von Carlowitz, director of the diocesan Office for Human Life.

This week, the Question of Faith podcast produced by the Young Adult Ministry Office of the Diocese of Cleveland, tackled the topic of what happens next in the diocese if the Roe v. Wade decision is reversed by the Supreme Court of the United States.

The court heard oral arguments late last year on the question and is expected to issue its decision in late June or early July. However, a draft of the brief was leaked recently.

Mike Hayes, director of the Young Adult Ministry Office, and Father Damian Ference, vicar for evangelization and secretary for Parish Life and Special Ministries, co-host the weekly podcast.

The recently constructed TV production studio in the downtown offices of the Diocese of Cleveland allows staff members from the Office of Communications the opportunity to provide some new and exciting programming.

The new studio has the technology to produce and share with the faithful inspiring video stories of the good works being done throughout the eight-county diocese. One of the first projects is a pilot news program, “Northeast Ohio Catholic Report,” which supplements the bimonthly diocesan magazine, Northeast Ohio Catholic.

“We are here today because the Lord has given us what we need for our Church,” Bishop Edward Malesic said as he began celebrating the liturgy during which two men were ordained to the permanent diaconate for service to the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

The ordination of Deacon Scott Cerrito and Deacon Michael Costantini took place on May 7 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

The bishop told those gathered, which included the families and friends of the ordinandi, their pastors, those involved in their diaconal formation, priests of the diocese and fellow deacons, that all ministry is work.

Attendees at the First Friday Forum of Lorain County traveled back in time to the early 1800s and 1900s during Father John Manning’s May 6 lunchtime presentation at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center. Students from Elyria Catholic High School were among those in attendance.

Father Manning, a retired priest in the Diocese of Cleveland, most recently served as the delegate for senior priests and an associate professor of Church history at Saint Mary Seminary in Wickliffe.

The Akron Bar Association continued its annual tradition of hosting the Red Mass during Law Week, which is celebrated the first week in May. It is an ancient tradition in the legal profession dating back more than seven centuries when the Roman Rota, a judicial office of the papal administration, instituted the custom of seeking God’s assistance for the work of the courts and members of the legal profession.

In England, the Red Mass can be traced to the reign of King Edward I, who died in 1307. Since its inception, it was the custom of the entire bench and bar to attend the Mass in Westminster Palace and later Westminister Abbey. The celebrant wore red vestments and the judges wore scarlet, which is how the name of the celebration was derived.

After a winter storm forced postponement of the scheduled Four Chaplains Day ceremony at SS. Robert & William School in Euclid, the event was rescheduled for May 5.

Father John Betters, parish pastor, noted the date was chosen because it was the National Day of Prayer and seemed a fitting substitute.

The ceremony took place in the church. Four large banners, each bearing the name, photo and religious affiliation of a chaplain, were displayed in front of the church.

The jubilee Mass for deacons of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is traditionally a joyous occasion. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the celebration was canceled in 2020 and 2021.

When the event returned this year on May 10, it was a triple celebration that also included the jubilarians from 2020 and 2021. In addition, it marked the first time that Father Michael Woost concelebrated the Mass in his new role as auxiliary bishop-elect. His appointment was announced the previous day – May 9 – by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

June 13 is the deadline for candidates to submit applications for four current openings on the Diocese of Cleveland Review Board.

The board is an 11-person consultative body charged with providing advice to Bishop Edward Malesic on all aspects of sexual abuse of minors, including prevention, claims of abuse, policies and responses to victims.

There are openings for persons in the following categories:

In his weekly Scripture reflection from May 8, Bishop Edward Malesic reminds us that Jesus has a voice and he asks us to hear him. He also points out the early disciples who spent time with Jesus and heard his physical voice were privileged. The bishop ponders what Jesus sounded like when he delivered the Sermon on the Mount or told parables. He said Jesus speaks to us in many ways other than just with his physical voice, such as the sacred Scriptures, teachings of his Church and in moments of prayer, when he speaks to us heart to heart. Through spiritual people, Jesus also dispenses good advice and wise direction.

Click here to read the entire reflection.
And finally...
Did you know that there will be another session of the popular SS. Anne and Joachim workshop for grandparents and seniors 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at Holy Martyrs Parish in Medina? Click here for registration and more information. Registration deadline is May 23. Cost is $10, which includes brunch.

Quire Cleveland will present a free concert, “Resonant Glory: Music for Grand Spaces,” at 7:30 p.m. May 13 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Ave., in downtown Cleveland.
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