Friday, December 8, 2017



'Share in the Care': contribute to Retirement Fund for Religious Dec. 9-10


Catholics in the Diocese of Cleveland will have the opportunity to "give to those who have given a lifetime" as part of the collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, to be held in parishes this weekend, Dec. 9-10. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, D.C., the annual appeal benefits 32,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose religious congregations lack adequate retirement funding.

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Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation on Dec. 8


In the Catholic Church, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a holy day of obligation.  Celebrated annually on Dec. 8, it is also the patronal feast day of the United States.

The Immaculate Conception is the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was graced by God in such a way that she was preserved from sin from the moment of her existence.  "Immaculate" thus refers to the absence of sin or stain, and "conception" refers to Mary's beginning.

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Altar is dedicated in new Manresa Chapel at Jesuit Retreat House

Bishop Nelson Perez was the principal celebrant at a Mass on Dec. 4 during which the new altar in the Manresa Chapel at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma was dedicated. Father Ken Styles, SJ a member of the JRH board, and Father Matt Roche, SJ JRH spiritual director, concelebrated. Father Mike Woost, from Borromeo and Saint Mary seminaries, assisted the bishop.

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Christ Child Society of Cleveland hosts 66th annual Starlight Ball fundraiser


Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez was the special guest at the Christ Child Society of Cleveland's 66th annual Starlight Ball on Dec. 2 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Betsy Kling, chief meteorologist at WKYC TV-3, was emcee.

The bishop told the 300 members and guests in attendance that he read the story of Mary Virginia Merrick, who founded the Christ Child . . .


Disabilities Ministry takes a Journey to Bethlehem


The annual Journey to Bethlehem Mass on Dec. 2 at St. Augustine Church in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood was a special occasion for those involved with the Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland Disabilities Ministry.

According to tradition, persons with disabilities filled many of the roles at the liturgy, including reading and bringing up the gifts during the . . .

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Feola family gets a helping hand


A year ago, Jennifer and Frank Feola were excited about the arrival of their third child, Daniel. Just a day after his Oct. 7, 2016 birth, he was diagnosed with a serious heart ailment that required a lengthy hospitalization.

The couple's other children, Frank, now 10, and Elena, 6½, were in fourth grade and kindergarten at Corpus Christi Academy in Lyndhurst. Frank Sr., who had advanced degrees and was an educator before changing careers a few years ago to work with his father, helped . . .

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And finally...


During the Advent season it's a common sight to see Nativity scenes on display inside and outside of Catholic parishes.  In more recent years, some parishes have chosen to create a live Nativity for their parishioners to experience.  Below are two parish locations where you can see a live Nativity.

Review flier for times of live Nativity on Dec. 9-10 at St. Gabriel Parish, Concord Township>

Review flier for times of live Nativity on Dec. 17 at St. Ambrose Parish, Brunswick>


Read the latest edition of

Northeast Ohio Catholic!


In this issue of Northeast Ohio Catholic magazine, read about the outreach ministries at Blessed Trinity Parish in Akron, Bishop Nelson Perez's efforts to get acquainted with his new flock and get some great pie recipes just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Click HERE for digital page-turn edition.



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