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Congratulations to Bill Boomer on his retirement!

Bill Boomer, former director of Marriage and Family Ministry, began this new and exciting chapter of his life on February 7th. We are enormously thankful for his dedication over the last 22+ years, and his passion for ministering with couples and families throughout the many seasons of their lives. We wish him the best on his retirement!

"Forgiven" Study Program

This Lenten season, we recommend the FORMED program, "Forgiven: the Transformative Power of Confession." It is a 3-week, video-based study that can be done individually or within parish ministries. This program is also available in Spanish. For promotional materials, click here.
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Current Happenings

African American Ministry

Annual Lenten Revival 
26-28 Feb, 7-9 pm
Saint Agnes/Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lexington Ave, Cleveland

Please join our visiting revivalist, Father Oscar Pratt from the Archdiocese of Boston, in a celebration of African American Catholic heritage, culture, and liturgy. Read more

Ecumenical & Interfaith

Sam Miller Catholic-Jewish Colloquium
Thursday, April 23, 7:30p
Center for Pastoral Leadership

“Righteous Italian Gentiles —the story of thousands of Jews saved by Italian civilians and armed force members during World War II” presented by Dr. Maria Lombardo. Free and open to the public.
For more info, contact Fr. Joseph Hilinski, 216-696-6525, x5110.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Job Resource for Lay Ecclesial Ministers and Parishes
The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office can assist those who are seeking positions in parishes and those who are looking for a lay ecclesial minister for their parish. Please contact the office by phone at 440-943-7669 or email if you would like more information. Confidentiality is maintained.

John Carroll University Lecture Series: “Faithful Citizenship: What Would Augustine Say?”
Thursday, March 19, 7:30p
Presented by Rev. James Bretzke, S.J., S.T.D., Professor of Theology in the LSC Conference Room, DJ Lombardo Student Center. Free and open to the public.

Missionary Discipleship

“Who am I?” Encountering I AM in the Least Likely Places
Saturday, March 28, 9:45a–3p
St. Ambrose, Brunswick

In this Lenten Retreat we will discern, through captivating stories, Sacred Scripture, music and sharing, how an encounter with God’s love and grace can change us in unexpected ways. To register, contact Miguel Chavez at (216) 696- 6525 x2552.

Ministry Updates

Child Protection

The diocesan Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse and the Standards of Conduct for Ministry are now available in Spanish. Please visit our website to learn more.

Hispanic Ministry

Congreso Post-Encuentro
Saturday, March 28, 9a–3:30p
Cathedral Square Plaza, Downtown Cleveland

The Congreso Post-Encuentro is an opportunity to gather Hispanic ministry leaders, present the conclusions from the V National Encuentro and discuss ways to implement the findings of the V Encuentro consultation in our diocese and parishes. Learn more

Marriage & Family Life

Cana II
Saturday, March 7, 8:30a-5:30p
St. Joseph, Strongsville

A marriage preparation series for couples, in which one or both have been married before, or one or both will become a stepparent.

Prepare-Enrich Training
Saturdays, March 28 & April 4, 9:30a–12:30p
Center for Pastoral Leadership

A training for Priests, Deacons, Lay Ecclesial Ministers, or Counselors who have not yet been trained or would like a refresher to administer the relationship inventory and work with couples preparing for marriage. Cost: $175 for new trainee, $25 for refresher course.

Youth & Young Adults

Become a member of NFCYM

NFCYM is the largest national network of youth ministry leaders who support each other and share ideas and struggles. Join NFCYM today to develop your skills with training and world-class resources and be ‘in the know’ on all things youth ministry. Learn more

Continuing Formation Opportunities

The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office and the Office for Ongoing Formation for Clergy are collaborating to plan continuing education and formation opportunities for lay ecclesial ministers, parish staff members, priests and deacons in our Diocese. In this spirit of collaboration, you are welcomed and invited to the following:

  • Preaching, Story Telling and its power to Evangelize, with ValLimar Jansen on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish.
  • Ministering to Individuals with Speech Challenges, with Marilee Fini, M.A. CCC/SLP, a certified and licensed Speech Pathologist, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 1:15 - 3:45 pm at The Center for Pastoral Leadership.

An Evening of Confession

The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of God’s gifts to help us as we journey toward God’s kingdom and strive to serve God’s people entrusted to our care. As in previous years, parish resources are available online.  
     For questions about the 2020 Evening of Confession, please contact Lynette Saenz in the Parish Life Office or Brooke Uehlein in the Communications Department. 

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