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We are asking parish pastoral leaders to please complete a survey of marriage and family ministry. This survey is part of an information gathering process to understand how the Office of Marriage and Family Ministry can better support you and your parish community. We are hoping your answers to this survey will help us determine how we can improve the way the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Ministry carries out its ministry.   
     Your participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous. All of your responses are confidential. The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. 
     Please complete the survey by Friday, October 23, 2020. If you have any questions, or difficulty in accessing the site or completing the survey, contact Lynette Saenz.  

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Current Happenings

African American Ministry

You are invited to participate in a four-part series on the US Bishops' pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love. This online event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Newark. Learn More

Ecumenical & Interfaith

Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar
Eucharist in Art & Life
October 25, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a virtual presentation on YouTube rather than an on-site meeting at Notre Dame College. Please share this information with friends, fellow parishioners, and colleagues. Learn more

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Congratulations to Newly Certified Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Join us for the live-streamed Mass with Bishop Edward Malesic at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist celebrating the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers on October 24 at 10 AM. The newly certified include: Mrs. Lisa Belza, Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Litchfield; Mrs. Megan Bolin, St. Adalbert Parish in Berea; and Mrs. Kathleen Ott, St. Francis De Sales Parish, Akron.
     Please pray for our candidates, and all certified Lay Ecclesial Ministers, as they continue to serve as missionary disciples through the gifts of the Holy Spirit!

Online Information Sessions
Tuesday, November 10

These session are for anyone interested in learning more about the certification program for Lay Ecclesial Ministers. The session will be offered at two different times: 1:30-2:30 pm and 7:00-8:00 pm. 

Missionary Discipleship

Rosary Prayer for Hope, Healing & Holiness
Wednesday, October 28, 12pm
The month of October is dedicated to our Blessed Mother and the meditation of scripture through the Holy Rosary. In times of challenge and discernment, we turn to Mary, our greatest role model, for her intercession in prayer. Join us on Facebook (@DOCParishLife) as we virtually come together as one Church to pray for hope, healing and holiness throughout the country!
     For additional information, contact Miguel Chavez.

Ministry Updates

Child Protection

Ten Tips to Create a Safe Environment in Your Parish
Leaders of the Catholic Church recognize the great need to provide safe environments for youth. Use these tips and pointers to ensure you are offering a welcoming and safe environment in your community.
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Hispanic Ministry

Biblical Studies - Wisdom Books
Saturday, November 7, 9am-2pm
Rapid Response Info Session 
Saturday, November 7, 9am (En)
Saturdays, November 14 & 21, 9am (Sp)
For more information about these programs and to register, please contact Misael Mayorga.      

Marriage & Family

Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis
Oct 26 & Oct 28, 2–3:30pm
This webinar series will focus on pastoral care in the midst of COVID-19, issues concerning grief, loss and bereavement, and parish transitions in the midst of the pandemic. Contact Jason Lewis or Katie Galicic for more information.
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Prepare-Enrich Credits
Our office has a limited number of scholarships for scoring credits for the Prepare-Enrich inventory, if someone at your parish has a need please contact Terri Yohman.
Additional Resources 

Youth & Young Adults

If you have an existing young adult (20’s and 30’s) ministry in your parish, the new diocesan Young Adult Ministry Office would like to connect with you to see how we can best serve your needs. Please contact Mike Hayes, Director of Young Adult Ministry.  
    We also ask youth ministers to fill out this brief survey to help create a Directory of Youth Ministers. Also, check out our latest newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter - @CLEyouthmin.

New Vocations Podcast

The Created & Called podcast, brought to you by the Vocation Office of the Diocese of Cleveland, seeks to encourage a culture of vocations through the sharing of stories. Learn more about the joys and struggles of the journey to priesthood, consecrated religious life, marriage, diaconate, and single life from those who have lived it! The first episode, “Meet the Crew” dropped on October 14.
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Day of Prayer for the Election

Have you considered organizing a day of prayer on November 3rd? Here is one idea from SS. Cosmas and Damian Parish. 
  • Church will be open all day, from 7:00 AM until 9:30 PM. 
  • All events will be livestreamed.
  • Adoration will be available on the main altar from after morning Mass (8:30 AM) until closing benediction at 9:30 PM. One of the members of our Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament will be present at every hour keeping vigil.
  • Groups have been assigned to specific hours of the day, beginning with hour with prayer and ending the hour with quiet time.
  • Events throughout the day include: Morning Prayer, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Music, Guided Prayers, Litany of the Saints, Hour to the Virgin Mary, Evening Prayer, Night Prayer.
  • Each hour will have a separate prayer packet matching the theme. All publicly recited prayers are Catholic and approved by the pastor. The packets may be taken home since they cannot be reused (Covid-19).
  • In front of the altar there is a kneeler and a “Prayer Box” for people to write and drop off private prayer intentions. 
  • There are candles to light and leave in front of the altar as a vigil prayer.

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