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Synod 2021-2023, “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”

Bishop Malesic will celebrate an Opening Liturgy for the Synod on Sunday, October 17 during the 10:30 am Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. This will kick off the diocesan phase of the three-year synodal journey of consultations and discernment, culminating with the Assembly of Bishops in October 2023 in Rome.   

A leadership team has been formed to plan and implement the synodal process within the diocese. Through the end of the year, all baptized Catholics will be invited participate in this process of listening, dreaming, and discerning God’s call for the Church amid the present signs of the times. The diocesan discernment will culminate in a “Pre-Synodal Meeting” early next year. Click here for more information. 

This is National Migration Week

The USCCB has designated September 20-26 National Migration Week.  Pope Francis chose the theme "Towards an Ever Wider 'WE'"  for the Vatican's culminating celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) on September 26. The Pope reminds us that “this focus calls on us to ensure that ‘after all this, we will think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those,’ but only ‘us’’ (Fratelli Tutti, no. 35). And this universal us must become a reality first of all within the Church which is called to cultivate communion in diversity.”  Read the Pope's full reflection and find prayers and intercessions here.  A toolkit and spotlight on populations of interest are available here.

Urgent Support Needed to Welcome Afghan Refugees

Catholic Charities' Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) continues to prepare for a significant increase in refugees from Afghanistan.  The MRS office needs the community's support to assist them in welcoming our newest neighbors through donations of household goods, financial support or time for volunteering (finding rental units, mentoring newly arrived families, and taking refugees to get state identification cards at the BMV). Available affordable housing is especially sought to provide decent rapid housing upon arrival.  Donations for financial support can be made directly on the Catholic Charities website.  Contact MRS at 216-939-3737 for more information.  

October is Respect Life Month

To help build and celebrate the culture of life, the Office for Human Life, in collaboration with the Diocesan Social Action Office, will highlight a different aspect of life each week: abortion, death penalty, adaptive needs, human trafficking and end of life issues. A media kit for parishes and schools is available on our website.

You will also find a list of resources that promote education and advocacy on the sanctity of human life here. Join us in our mission to be proper stewards over the gift of life that God has given us.
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Current Happenings

Ecumenical & Interfaith

Sam Miller Catholic-Jewish Colloquium, Virtual Presentation 
October 21, 7:30 pm  

Overcoming Hate with Compassion and Education       
Most Holocaust history focuses on countries with strong anti-Semitic sentiment prior to WWII that enabled the destruction of their Jewish people. Much of that destruction was actually carried out by the local populations, not just the Nazis. Yet, exhibiting compassion and humanity, Italians saved most of their Jews despite pressure to comply with the Nazi plan, supported by Mussolini, to annihilate them. How did Italians rise above the atmosphere of hate?
     Please join Colloquium sponsors, the Anti-Defamation League, the Diocese of Cleveland Interfaith Commission, and St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology for a stimulating and enlightening presentation and discussion: “Righteous Italian Gentiles —the story of thousands of Jews saved by Italian civilians and armed forces members during World War II,” presented by Dr. Maria Lombardo. 
     Please email your request for the Zoom link to Fr. Joe Hilinski. 

37th Annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar
Debuts November 1

Most Rev. John Michael Botean, bishop of the Romanian Eparchy of St. George in Canton will present this year’s seminar, After the Deluge: What it will Mean to Be Church in Post-Pandemic Times.  The virtual seminar will be available on the Notre Dame College YouTube Channel and is co-sponsored by the Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith affairs. 
     Find more information here or contact Sr. M. Karita Evancic at 440-279-9348 or by email

Youth Ministry

CLE 21:6 - Diocesan Youth Conference
January 8, 2022, 10am-9pm
John Carroll University

CLE 21:6 is a day-long event to ignite high school teens in their faith and to gather in fellowship as the young Church. Exploring Matthew 21:6, "The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them," CLE 21:6 will help launch teens into following Christ and living as missionary disciples. Tickets on sale now. Cost is $35. 
     Teens must attend with a parish or school group, and cannot buy tickets individually. Tickets can be purchased by a youth minister, campus minister, or parish group leader. (You will not need names of individuals attending until November.) 
     To learn more or purchase group tickets by November 15, visit our website.

Missionary Discipleship

Called By the Spirit Gifts Inventory Information Session
Thursday, October 7, 1:30 pm
Called by the Spirit is a discernment of gifts inventory that was created in the Diocese of Cleveland as an accessible and adaptable resource for faith communities and individuals to use to springboard a process of discernment. Join us for this information session on Zoom.
Zoom Link
Go and Make Disciples: Cohorts Forming!
Fridays, Noon, starting in October
The Office of Missionary Discipleship is launching discipleship formation cohorts that will meet for six sessions. During these sessions, we will engage small groups in prayer and formation with a focus on nurturing a relationship with Jesus Christ, collaboration opportunities, and strategic planning for forming communities of missionary disciples in your parish and region. The first five sessions will be via Zoom with an in-person luncheon for the last session. Are you or anyone you know interested? Please email Miguel Chavez for further details.    

Hispanic Ministry

Marriage Companion Program
October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4 from 6pm-9pm
La Sagrada Familia, Cleveland

The Marriage Companion Program is a new marriage enrichment initiative. Thursday evenings in October, we will be offering a 5-part couple mentor training for Hispanic couples interested in serving as program facilitators. If you know of any Spanish-speaking, married couples that may be interested, please contact Misael Mayorga at 216-374-9440 or by email for more info. 
Successful Marriages Retreat 
October 23, 9am-6pm
October 24, 9am-3pm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Cleveland

This two-day retreat for married couples and those living together is a comprehensive resource for marriages in crisis and strengthening healthy marriages and families. To register, please contact Ana Eslaquit at 216-696-6525 ext. 2530 or by email.
Instituto Emaús - Escuela de Discípulos Misioneros
October 30, 9am – 4pm
Holy Name Parish, Cleveland

A comprehensive formation program for parish volunteers to facilitate their work in ministry as group leaders and ministry coordinators. This is Part 3 of the biblical formation module, “Introduction to the New Testament”. Visit our website for more information or contact Misael Mayorga at 216-374-9440 or by email.     

Young Adult Ministry 

First Diocesan Young Adult Mass
November 21, 5:30 pm
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Downtown Cleveland 
Save the date!  
     Visit our website for the fall schedule of events for Young Adult Ministry in the diocese.

New Funding Available for Climate Projects

The Victory Noll Sisters Small Grants Program offers grants of up to $1,000 to seed sustainability and climate justice projects inspired by Laudato Si’. Catholic parishes, dioceses, schools, religious communities and other Catholic organizations are eligible! The priority deadline to apply is October 14th, 2021. If funding remains thereafter, grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until the funds are exhausted.

Activities that could be funded include:
  • Advocacy and dialogue with church and political leaders on our call to care for creation and our vulnerable neighbors
  • Support for events (educational events, rallies, fairs, festivals) that connect to Season of Creation, Feast of St. Francis, Earth Day, or any of the seven Laudato Si’Action Platform goals.
  • Participation in existing creation care events with the intention of lifting up the Catholic voice within them
  • Prayer services and liturgies related to creation care
  • Retreats, workshops, or forums to promote understanding, bridge-building, and healing related to creation care
  • Service projects (tree-plantings, cleanups, community gardens, etc.)
  • Classroom instruction/curriculum related to creation care
This list is not exhaustive! Consider applying for a grant for your care of creation program!
Apply for a Grant

Interested in a Newsletter from the Offices for Human Life and Marriage & Family Ministry?

The Office for Marriage & Family Ministry and the Office for Human Life is considering offering a joint e-newsletter on behalf of our ministries and would like your input. Please click here to fill out a short survey about the prospective newsletter and to sign-up.

Did you Know?

On September 20th we celebrated the feast of St. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn (21 August 1821 – 16 September 1846), the first Korean-born Catholic priest and the patron saint of Korean clergy. St. Andrew Kim, the lay apostle Paul Chŏng Ha-sang and over one hundred other men, women and children of the Korean Catholic community were martyred during anti-Catholic persecutions in the 19th century. They were canonized on May 6, 1984. In our diocese, St. Andrew Kim Korean Pastoral Center in Tremont is the spiritual home for Korean Catholics of northeastern Ohio. 

Cleveland Catholic Women's Conference

Saturday, October 9, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Mayfield

Join us for the 3rd Annual Cleveland Catholic Women’s Conference. This year’s theme comes from a quote from St. Faustina’s Diary, “The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive” (1578).
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