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St. Patrick's Prayer for the Faithful

May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
- Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.

Amoris Laetitia, Year of the Family

On March 19, we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph and the beginning of the Year of the Family. New this month, an entire section of our website is dedicated to the Year of the Family with information and resources for ministry leaders and households, and a special video message from Bishop Malesic. Please visit our webpage beginning March 19 and share the link with your parishioners!

Patris Corde, With a Father’s Heart

Pope Francis released Patris Corde, With a Father’s Heart, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as patron of the universal church, and in conjunction with the Year of St. Joseph and the Year of the Family. A free digital copy is available here. The letter is divided into seven focus areas that can be developed into discussion headers for men’s fellowship groups or book study groups (in-person or virtually). If you have any questions, please email Terri Yohman.

"Yet even now,
says the Lord,
return to me with
all your heart" 
~ Joel 2:12

We are more than half way through Lent, but it's never too late to deepen your relationship with Christ as we journey together through this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The diocesan Lenten Resource Page includes a daily reflection from Bishop Edward Malesic, videos, prayers and much more to aid you on the journey.  

Chrism Mass

Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland
Bishop Malesic will preside at this year’s Chrism Mass at the Cathedral. He will bless and consecrate the sacred oils that will be used throughout the diocese in sacramental celebrations during the coming year. Due to the ongoing pandemic, in-person attendance will be by invitation only.  But all are encouraged to join in this most important diocesan liturgy by livestream.  

Called for More: The Disciple Maker Index

The deadline for completing the Disciple Maker Index survey has been extended until Monday, April 19. Help us spread the word by sharing your personalized parish link or the general link, catholicleaders.org/clevelanddmi, in your parish bulletins, websites and social media platforms, in the description of your livestream Masses and virtual activities, and even in your email signatures.
     The information collected will be of tremendous value to pastors and parish leaders as they make decisions about where to focus evangelization efforts. This is especially important during this time when so much has changed. Now is the time to imagine what we can become as a community of missionary disciples!
     Visit our website for downloadable social media images and other resources. Thank you for your help with this!
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Current Happenings

African American Ministry

Evangelization Grants
The Black and Indian Mission Office awards grants to support the evangelization of African American, Native American and Alaska Native communities.  Any parish interested in submitting a grant proposal, please call the Parish Life Office at 216-696-6525, ext. 3500 for an application and criteria. Applications are due no later than April 19, 2021. For more info, email or call Mr. Cary Dabney at 216-696-6525, x3020.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Pastoral Care of the Family
Online Workshops

April 24: The Domestic Church
May 15:  Accompanying Families in Difficult Times
It's not too late to sign up! The next presentation is on "The Domestic Church and Joy of Family Life". Presenters will be Terri Yohman and Jason Lewis of the Office for Marriage and Family Ministry. All sessions are from 9 am - noon. Questions? Contact us via email.
Register Here
Formation Sessions for 2021/2022 begin in September
Now is the time to inquire about or apply to enter the process for Diocesan Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministry. If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more, email Pattie Batchman or call 440-943-7669.

Youth Ministry

Youth Mental Health First Aid
April 20 or April 21, 9am-3pm

All those who work with teens in the diocese - especially youth and campus ministers, youth ministry volunteers, catechists, teachers, and parents - are invited to participate in this FREE online workshop. This training gives adults the skills they need to provide initial support to those ages 12-21 who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and connect them to the appropriate care.

Register Here by March 22

Child Protection

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
It is especially important this year to do everything we can to keep our kids safe amid the stresses and pressures of the ongoing pandemic. Global trauma triggers a lot of destructive behaviors. We can be part of the solution to protect our children! The USCCB’s Child Abuse Prevention Month Resource Booklet is available here. The booklet includes suggested virtual activities, homily helps, sample social media posts, and other good ideas for raising awareness about child abuse prevention.
    For more info, email or call Sharon Minson, 216-696-6525, x1157.

Marriage & Family

Always Blooming: A VIRTUAL Retreat for Catholic Women Healing from Betrayal Trauma
April 9-10, 2021 

This retreat is for women seeking healing from betrayal trauma; that is, discovering a spouse’s or significant other’s pornography use, infidelity, and/or sex addiction. Gather with Hope's Garden this Divine Mercy weekend as we lay our pain, sorrow and betrayals at the Lord’s feet. With expectant faith, let us open our hands and our hearts to receive His merciful outpouring. Join us for this powerful virtual retreat experience. 
     Find the full schedule and register here or email De or Laura.

Missionary Discipleship

Moments of Joy
During the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways, but as Disciples of Christ we persevere in our joy as a people of faith. This Easter season we invite you to share YOUR Moments of Joy with us across social media! Post your photos and videos with the hashtag #MomentsOfJoyCLE.
     What are the simple ways that you encounter joy? Share your story and inspire others in their own walk of faith!

Women Who Made Us Church

This month is Women's History Month. On March 3, we celebrated the feast day of  St. Katharine Drexel who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. St. Katharine Drexel of Philadelphia founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. She devoted her life to working with Native American and African American communities, establishing school systems and missions for both across the country. St. Katharine also founded Xavier University, the first Catholic university in the United States specifically for African Americans.
 
 

"If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them.
Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us.
Press forward and fear nothing." 
~St. Katharine Drexel

Summer 2021 Canon Law Course

Information Meeting
Friday, April 9, 5-6:30 pm
Center for Pastoral Leadership
A Canon Law Course specifically for lay ministers will be offered through St. Mary Seminary this spring / summer. This course is a prerequisite for Procurator training. The instructor Lynette Tait, JCL, serves as a Judge on the Diocesan Tribunal. If you are interested in or have questions about the course, please contact Lynette Tait at 216-696-6525, ext. 4000. To sign up for the information session, contact Pattie Batchman at 440-943-7669 or by email.

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