Friday, February 23, 2018



Statement from Bishop Perez on National Call-in Day for Dreamers Feb. 26

One of the first actions I took when I became the 11th Bishop of Cleveland in September was to offer my support for the young people here and around the country who have benefitted from the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrives).  I said then that there are many of these children here in our diocesan community. Many of their families have received support and assistance from our parishes and from Catholic Charities. They live and worship in our parishes; some have attended our schools, played on our sports teams and . . .


Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina to visit the Diocese of Cleveland March 4-5

Touring relics to be on view at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina - better known as Padre Pio - will be on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, on Sunday, March 4, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., and on Monday, March 5 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Viewing of the relics will be paused during regular Mass times at the Cathedral on Monday at . . .

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Encountering Jesus at the Evening of Confession Feb. 28, 5-8 p.m.

"That felt so good!" was the exclamation heard loudly in one church followed by the joyful applause of the parish community in attendance at the first Evening of Confession five years ago.

Just as Jesus rejoiced over one lost sheep, that parish community celebrated, as well. While not always said aloud, this common feeling of joy was felt by thousands who encountered Jesus through the sacrament and the many who returned home to Christ that day.

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Bishop Perez dons Vietnamese dress as he celebrates Tet at St. Boniface Parish

Hundreds of people crowded into St. Boniface Church on Cleveland's West Side for the 11 a.m. Mass on Feb. 18. Many wore traditional Vietnamese ao dai, a long, slim silk tunic over pants, in a variety of bright colors. Some also wore matching turban-style hats.

It was the First Sunday of Lent and the celebration of Tet, or the lunar new year, the most important celebration in the Vietnamese culture. Gongs sounded as the entrance procession began. The front of the . . .

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St. Vincent Charity Medical Center welcomes Bishop Perez

"We believe our employees and volunteers are the heart and hands of our ministry," Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA told Bishop Nelson Perez during his Feb. 21 visit to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Sister Judith Ann, who began her long career in health care as a pharmacy technician and then pharmacist at St. Vincent Charity, has served in leadership capacities both with the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and the Sisters of Charity Health System, which operates St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

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Catechumens, candidates participate in rite of election, call to continuing conversion

"We've been praying for you and will be walking with you," Bishop Nelson Perez told the catechumens and candidates who gathered with their sponsors on Feb. 18 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist for the annual Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates.

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Statement from Bishop Perez on the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham

America has lost a man of great Christian faith in the passing today of the Rev. Billy Graham. He was a man who dedicated his life to calling us to be the very best we could be and who brought people closer to Christ by the powerful witness of his life. He lived an amazing life as a devoted servant who throughout the years counseled many presidents. May he rest in peace and may God comfort the Graham family in their time of mourning.

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And finally...


Did you know the annual conference for Catholic Men's Fellowship of Northeast Ohio will begin at 8 a.m. on Feb. 24 at the Holiday Inn Rockside in Independence?  "What does it take to be a Catholic man?" is this year's theme.

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Read the latest edition of

Northeast Ohio Catholic!


In this issue of Northeast Ohio Catholic magazine, read about the gift of Catholic education, the call for comprehensive immigration reform and what you can do, the story of a former DACA recipient who is looking forward to become a citizen, information on the annual Evening of Confession and just in time for Lent, a recipe for pierogi.

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