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Welcome Maria!

We are delighted to welcome Maria Wancata as the new Marriage & Family Life Specialist. Maria transitions to her role from the Communications department. Welcome to the Parish Life team!

"I am thrilled to be part of the Marriage and Family Ministry office. I look forward to partnering with our parishes to help nurture the faithful and form disciples."

Eucharistic Revival

Black Catholic History Rosary & Eucharistic Adoration

Did you know November is Black Catholic History Month? The National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States voted on Tuesday, July 24, 1990 to designate November as Black Catholic History Month because it marks a time when the Church prays for all saints and souls in loving remembrance, as well as a time to recall the saints and souls of Africa and the African Diaspora. Learn more  

In honor of Black Catholic History Month and to celebrate the diocesan year of Eucharistic Revival, the African American Catholic community will be hosting weekly prayer services throughout the month of November. We will pray with reflections on the mysteries of the Rosary created in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement.

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Eucharistic Miracles Display

The Eucharistic Miracle Display will continue at Ss. Cosmas and Damian until Sunday, October 30. The event will close with a Praise and Worship Healing Service at 7 pm. All are welcome!

Parishes have begun signing up to host this traveling museum-like exhibition in their own faith communities. Are you interested in hosting the Bl. Carlo Eucharistic Miracles Display? Learn more

Share Your Story

The Eucharistic Revival team is calling for active Catholics in the Cleveland Diocese to submit a testimony of how you have personally encountered Christ in the Eucharist. Please note: Submitted testimonies may be shared in our public promotional materials.
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Explore the 7th National Eucharistic Congress of 1935

In 1935, the Seventh National Eucharistic Congress was held in the City of Cleveland from September 23-26. This digital exhibit tells the story of the Eucharistic Congress through historical maps and images - keep scrolling to see key events of the Congress at the places they were held. 
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Current Happenings

African American Ministry

Congress XIII Day of Reflection
Sat, Oct 29, 9am-3:30pm
Center for Pastoral Leadership

In preparation for the upcoming 13th National Black Catholic Congress, our diocese is hosting a Day of Reflection to help identify the topics of concern to the Black Catholic community. Following the Day of Reflection, a synthesis report will be submitted to the National Black Catholic Congress to help create a Pastoral Plan of Action for the Black Catholic Community in the United States over the next five years. 
Black Catholic History Month
Join us in November for Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary prayer services to celebrate Black Catholic History month and the Eucharistic Revival. We will pray with reflections on the mysteries created in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement. The prayer services will begin at 7 pm and rotate weekly, a different day each week, in order to have the opportunity to pray each of the mysteries.
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Hispanic Ministry

Emmaus Institute-School of Missionary Disciples
Saturdays, 9am-4pm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Cleveland

St. Anne & Joachim Grandparent Workshop ("Taller de Abuelos")
Saturday, November 5, 8:30am-2pm
St. Mary Church, Painesville

This workshop will be offered in Spanish for older adults interested in learning more about how to share their Catholic faith with their nietos of all ages. Brunch will be provided. We will end the day with Mass. Download flyer in Spanish.


Human Life

Respect Life Month
The Office for Human Life, in collaboration with the Diocesan Social Action Office, is highlighting different aspects of life each week throughout the month of October, to help celebrate and support the culture of life. Click to view the Diocesan Media Kit and Social Media Graphics.

Interfaith Office

Conference of Religions
Fall Convocation

Sunday, October 23, 2:30-5pm
John Carroll University, Dolan Science Center
The fall convocation of the Conference of Religions gathers members of the world religions to discuss "Function of Religion in a Democracy". This event is open to the public and there is no fee.
Eastern Churches Seminar 

The "Jesus Prayer" is one of the contributions of Eastern Monasticism to the whole church and spiritual growth. Frederica Mathewes-Green, a major author of wide ranging books on Eastern Spirituality, will deliver the lecture with an opportunity for dialogue after the presentation.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Cultivating Emotional Intelligence in Pastoral Care: Interpersonal Effectiveness
Saturday, November 5, 9:30am-Noon
Center for Pastoral Leadership

Enhancing skills in empathy and attunement based on latest advances in interpersonal neurobiology helps us to meet people where they are and navigate healthy boundaries where necessary.


Marriage & Family Ministry

Marriage Mentoring Training
December 1 and December 5
St. Joseph’s Church, Avon Lake  

There are two upcoming opportunities to train Prepare-Enrich marriage mentors for your parish. Contact Maria Wancata to register interested couples. Training resources cost $125. If your parish needs financial support, please contact Terri Yohman.

For more information about marriage mentors, please contact Terri Yohman to discuss how we can support you in this valuable endeavor.
Blue Christmas
A Blue Christmas Mass or prayer service allows people to acknowledge their sense of loss and the shadow it casts over this holiday season, with its deeply emotional and familial  traditions. Please email Maria if you would like more information on how to organize one in your parish community.

Family Advent Ideas
Perhaps your parish would like to start a new tradition during Advent. Pope Francis has called families to bring their infant Jesus for a traditional blessing of the Bambinelli. This occurs around the world on the Sunday prior to Christmas. Learn more about the tradition. Invite the grandparents!

Youth Ministry

CLE 21:6 Youth Conference
Saturday, January 7, 2023
John Carroll University
Ticket sales close November 15!

CLE 21:6 is a day-long event for high school teens to gather in fellowship as the young Church. Exploring Revelation 21:6, we will celebrate the diocesan year of Eucharistic Revival - dive into Christ as the Alpha & Omega and the Eucharist as the Source & Summit of our faith. Tickets must be purchased by a group leader (not individual teens). More info and ticket sales on our website. Promote it to your teens with the CLE 21:6 Media Kit.

Global Celebration of Young People 
November 19 & 20, 2022

Every Catholic faith community around the world is encouraged to celebrate 
and reflect on youth and young adults annually on Christ the King Sunday. Consider offering a special blessing and intercessions for young people. Contact us for resources and ideas or visit our website

Youth Minister Bootcamp: Relational and Retreat Ministries
Wednesday, November 9, 10am
Ss. Robert & William Parish

Relational ministry is the buzz word in YM circles, but what does that actually look like? How can we accompany teens in their journey of faith? Retreat ministry is one of the most fruitful and rewarding aspects of youth ministry. How can you form missionary disciples to evangelize their peers?

Join us for this Youth Minister Bootcamp formation event! While YM Bootcamp is designed for newer youth ministers, even 5+ year veterans can benefit from a refresher and the collective wisdom of the group as we discuss these important topics. Register by November 7.

Middle School YM Gathering
Wednesday, November 16, 10am
St. Mary Parish, Hudson

All those who do parish youth ministry with those in grades 6-8 are invited to join us and share best practices for ministering to younger adolescents. Register by November 14.


Young Adult Ministry

Theology on Tap
Tuesday, November 15, 7 pm
Forest City Brewery, Cleveland

Fr. Kevin Klonowski, Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph's Church in Strongsville, will speak on the Eucharist. Look for registration information at
2nd Annual Mass for the Global Celebration of Young People
Saturday, November 19, 4:30 pm
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

Join us and invite your young adults as we celebrate young people. Bishop Woost will preside. There will be a reception to follow in the rectory for all people in their 20s and 30s.

The director of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office serves as part of the staff of the Secretariat for Parish Life and Special Ministries. Primary responsibilities include:
  • Oversee the activities of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office
  • Coordinate all aspects of the certification process for lay ecclesial ministers
  • Work with the offices, departments and institutions of the diocese that provide programs and services for the certified
  • Advocate for the needs of the certified and candidates
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The Church as a Field Hospital

In 2021, the National Association for Lay Minister (NALM) launched a process of collaborative dialogue to affirm, support, and advocate for all lay ecclesial ministers. The process culminated with recently published position paper titled, "The Church as a Field Hospital: Caring for our Own". NALM will be offering a two-part webinar series that highlights this document and the invitation to foster greater ecclesial communion of all ministry leaders. Learn more

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