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Office for Human Life Joins Parish Life

Please join us in welcoming Mary von Carlowitz to the Secretariat for Parish Life and Development.  As Director, Office for Human Life, Mary is responsible for planning, coordinating and effectively integrating the activities of the Office for Human Life within a consistent ethic of life. Most recently, Mary served as the co-director of faith formation at Church of the Gesu. She also spent many years at St. Gabriel Parish as coordinator of youth and young adult ministry, and parish and school ministry. Please keep Mary in prayer as she enters this new phase of service to the Church and to the people of the Diocese of Cleveland. Mary can be reached at (216) 696-6525 x2335 or

"Gentlemen at Grafton" are Volunteer of the Year

Catholic Charities President and CEO Patrick Gareau and Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND, Secretary for Parish Life and Development, honored and thanked nearly 30 incarcerated men at Grafton Correctional Institution. Each man received a certificate recognizing them collectively as the “Catholic Charities Volunteer of the Year” for all they have done to protect and assist the wider community during COVID-19.
     Sister Rita Mary, who leads the Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated, received a call from Grafton's deputy warden early in the pandemic. The top administration and the men at the prison wanted to know what they could do to help. With fabric and supplies provided by the Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated, the men made more than 40,000 masks that were distributed to Catholic Charities staff working as first responders. Many Catholic school teachers, staff, and students also received the soft and colorful masks. The men who reached out wanting to help have come to be known as "the Gentlemen at Grafton," as one student dubbed them in his note of thanks.
Read the full story here

Tabor Fund Grants 

Tabor grants provide an opportunity for employees, religious and laity involved in pastoral ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland to refresh and re-energize their spirituality, faith, mind and/or physical well-being. The Fund awards grants for sabbaticals, retreats for individuals, as well as programs for personal growth and refreshment of ministers. The grant application can be found here and is due September 15. For more info, please contact Jean Ann Montagna (216) 696-6525 x8070 or by email.
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Current Happenings

Protection of Children

Annual Compliance Forms Reminder
Thanks to all who have submitted the Annual Compliance Forms indicating our compliance with the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. We must have on file documentation of our efforts over the past audit year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) to keep kids safe.
     We will submit the Audit instrument a bit earlier this year so please return the form ASAP as it was due by July 15, 2021. Email the form to Debbie Morris or mail it to: Diocese of Cleveland, Office for Protection of Children, 1404 E. 9th St., Cleveland OH 44114.
     The form is available here, or reach out to Debbie and she will email you a copy. Any questions, email Sharon Minson or call 216-696-6525 x1157.

Hispanic Ministry

Instituto Emaús - Escuela de Discípulos Misioneros
August 28, 2021, 9am-4pm
Holy Name Church, Cleveland
The Emmaus Institute is a comprehensive formation program for parish volunteers to facilitate their work in ministry as group leaders and ministry coordinators. The course of study includes four modules: biblical, theological, pastoral and spiritual. Part 2 of the biblical formation module, “Introduction to the Old Testament,” will take place on August 28. For more info, please contact Misael Mayorga at 216-374-9440 or by email.                  

Youth Ministry

Fostering a Heart for Young People
August 21, 9am-3pm
St. Basil the Great, Brecksville
Youth ministers are invited to bring your volunteers for a day of training and prayer. Topics include prayer, relational ministry, small group leadership, cultivating a culture of vocations, recruiting volunteers and more. Time to talk in parish groups, and time to pray together in Adoration are also part of the day. Cost is $25. Register by August 11.
The State of Religion and Young People
Gen Z lost touch with their faith communities during the pandemic, but kept the faith. Dr. Josh Packard, Executive Director of Springtide Research Institute, will present The State of Religion and Young People 2021: Navigating Uncertainty. Come learn more about those ages 13-25 and how to better minister to them. 
     - For Pastors and Youth Ministers. September 15, 10am-2pm, Cathedral Square Plaza, Rappe Room. Join Bishop Malesic for lunch as we reflect on the state of youth ministry in our diocese and identify ways to and support and minister to young people. Register by August 20.
 - For campus ministers, youth ministry volunteers, LEMs, DREs, PSR catechists, high school and junior high teachers, parents, young adult ministers, deacons, and priests & youth ministers (who missed the daytime presentation). September 15, 7-8:30pm, St. Barnabas Church, 9451 Brandywine Road, Northfield. No registration is needed.  
     Questions? Email Francine.

Marriage & Family

Ministry of Consolation Training
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 7-9 pm
Join us for a six-session fall training for parish bereavement ministers via Zoom with the Diocese of Camden. Cost is $60. Registration by email no later than Friday, August 20.  Email Terri Yohman if you have questions.
Prepare-Enrich Training for NEW Facilitators
Saturdays, October 23 AND October 30, 1:30-4:30 pm
Center for Pastoral Leadership
A two-day Prepare-Enrich certification training for priests, deacons, and lay marriage ministers. Attendance is required for both days and a Prepare-Enrich ID will be given upon certification.
     Priests who would like to have a well-qualified couple attend this training so that they may assist with marriage ministry please contact Terri for details. Cost is $100. Contact Fr. Andy Turner by email or at 440-943-7644 with questions.
Infertility Resource
Springs in the Desert is a Catholic Community formed to help with the shared suffering of infertility and loss by accompanying those with this cross on a path into fruitfulness. Please share the website with couples who are struggling with infertility.
Marriages of Grace
Marriages of Grace seeks to offer couples the resources necessary to enrich and strengthen their marriages in a culture that is becoming increasingly challenging to the institution of marriage. An annual marriage enrichment day and bi-monthly Cana Nights are their primary ways of reaching this goal. For more info, visit their website.

Missionary Discipleship

The Office of Missionary Discipleship will soon release a new Spiritual Gifts Inventory, Called By The Spirit.  This inventory will be accessible on the Diocesan website and will be adaptable for faith communities throughout the Diocese.  For more info, email Miguel Chavez.

Young Adult Ministry

Young Adult Ministry Pods are meeting in August!
-Aug 6-8, Parma Area - Catching Fire Weekend Retreat: St. Leonard Retreat Center, 4076 Case Road, Avon, OH 44011 Fri - Sun. Details here
-Aug 8, West Side Young Adults - Join us at the FEST in the Metroparks. Pick up at St. Christopher's, Rocky River, at 12pm.
-Aug 19, Cornerstone Theology on Tap - Church of the Holy Angels, Chagrin Falls 7-9:30pm.
-Aug 19, West Side Young Adults - Church Tour + Dinner at Hofbrauhaus sponsored by Fr. Rob Ramser at St Angela Merici. Watch our website for further details.
-Aug 29, Downtown Pod - Theology on Tap - Nora Bradbury-Haehl will speak about The Twenty Something Handbook: Building a Life You Love at St. Peter, Cleveland from 5-7pm, followed by Mass.
-Aug 29, St. John’s Cathedral Young Adults - Meets the last Sunday of every month at 6:30pm.
Young Adult Ministry pods continue to be formed! Areas under construction for a fall launch include Ohio City, Euclid, Akron, East Side / Heights, Mentor / Eastlake.  

Catholics Coming Home

St. Raphael Parish
Thursdays, September 16 – October 28, 7-8:30pm
The Catholics Coming Home program invites non-active Catholics “home” to the Catholic Church and active practice of their faith.  Sessions provide the opportunity to ask questions and learn about our faith in a non-threatening, supportive format. No question or concern is off limits! For more info or to register, call Annette DeGidio at 440-250-9028, Dean Brennan at 440-725-3159, or Deacon Larry Gregg at 440-871-1100 x134. Registration is appreciated, but not mandatory. 

2021 Suicide Prevention Summit

You are invited to join the world’s largest free, online suicide prevention conference to learn best practices in suicide prevention. The summit will be delivered via 10 live webinar sessions on July 24 and 25 (Saturday & Sunday). Recordings of the live sessions will be available on demand until September 30. Learn more and register here.

All the works of the Lord are good, and he will supply every need in its time.
So now sing praise with all your heart and voice, and bless the name of the Lord.

             ~ Sirach 39: 33, 35

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