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Welcome Teresa, Francine and Michael!

We are pleased to welcome Teresa Yohman, Francine Costantini, and Michael Hayes to the Parish Life staff!
     Terri has been appointed director of the Office of Marriage and Family Ministry. Her first day was July 20. Terri has recently joined us from St. Martin of Tours in Valley City where she served as Coordinator of Youth Ministry and has previously worked in schools and mental health counseling providing support for children and families. In her new role, she will work with the Marriage and Family team to support ministry leaders who prepare couples for marriage, provide resources for parish families, and assist all who serve in all areas of family life.
     Francine has been appointed Director of Youth Ministry. Her first day will be September 9. She comes to us from St. Barnabas Parish in Northfield, where she served as Coordinator of Youth Ministry. Previous to her position there, she was youth minister at St. Clarence in North Olmsted. For the past year, Francine has also served as liaison between Life Teen International and youth ministers in Ohio. As director, Francine will work with the Youth Ministry team to assist parishes and parish youth ministry leaders in the development and implementation of youth ministry programs for and with young and older adolescents.
     Michael has been appointed director of the Office of Young Adult Ministry. His first day will be September 28. Mike comes to us from the Diocese of Buffalo, New York where he has served as Campus Minister at Canisius College and St. Joseph University Parish. Michael Hayes is also co-founder and former associate director of, a ministry of The Paulist Fathers that “aims to bring the joy of the Gospel to all people in innovative ways” including radio, written articles, videos, podcasts, and social media. In his new role, Mike will promote effective young adult ministry in the Diocese including direct ministry with young adults, leadership training, consulting activities, and networking opportunities for young adult ministry leaders.
     Join us in welcoming Terri, Francine and Mike! 

Guiding Principles for Parish Ministries during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are at a new and unprecedented place. The pandemic has changed us as a society. Our experience of Church has also changed. Parish ministries must change as well. Ministry leaders should be intentional in the ways they serve the People of God during this time. We need to meet the challenges we encounter with hope, and be witnesses to God’s love and compassion for all God’s children. Read more

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Current Happenings

African American Ministry

The diocese has established a Diocesan Race Task Force composed of leaders from every ministry area, including education, catechesis, and parish life to develop a renewed strategy of leadership that will create an environment of cultural humility and appreciation. For more info, contact Mr. Cary Dabney.

Ecumenical & Interfaith

St. John Paul II the Great and the Jewish People

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Building Connections in Ministry: Effective Strategies for Enhancing Communication
Saturday, Sept 12, 9-11 am

Learn straightforward techniques for communicating effectively with parishioners, clergy and staff. Special topics such as managing communication breakdowns, strategies for dealing with difficult communication situations and using non-verbal language to convey support will be addressed. 
Presenter: Marilee Fini, M.A., CCC/ SLP

Register Now

Missionary Discipleship

Ignite the Fire of Faith
Fridays, Sept 4, 2 pm

Virtual networking and collaboration sessions on evangelization for pastoral leaders. Sign up to receive notifications with login info here.
For additional information, contact Miguel Chavez!

Ministry Updates

Child Protection

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are reviewing the options of offering training sessions in a virtual format, but we also know the value of live training sessions—in a safe environment. Thus, we have prepared the following guidelines.

Hispanic Ministry

Prophetic Books of the Bible
Saturdays, Sept 12 & 26, 10-11:30 am

Sister Lisa Marie Belz, OSU, will present this new course in two parts via Zoom. All courses are in Spanish. For more info, please contact Misael Mayorga.

Marriage & Family

Every year, we gather for the 50th Anniversary Mass. Unfortunately, as with all other diocesan events, the coronavirus pandemic has greatly disrupted our plans. At this time, bringing together couples is not possible. To honor all couples married in 1970 and mark this special occasion, however, we would like to send a diocesan certificate as a keepsake. 
     Please encourage jubilarians to complete the sign up form at in order to receive a certificate. If circumstances change and make it possible for us to safely gather for a Mass, we will notify all those who completed the form.

Youth & Young Adults

Thursday, Oct 22, 7-9:30 pm 
St. Barnabas Parish, Northfield

Made for More (Visions of the Promised Land) with Christopher West and music by Mike Mangione. 
Pre-sale tickets only. Cost is $25. Purchase tickets here. Contact Joni Smith for info at 330-425-8141 x110.
     Also, check out these webinars sponsored by the USCCB for Young Adult Ministry Leaders, click here.  

Masks and Vegetables made by the men of Grafton Correctional Institute in Lorain County

The masks are being distributed to Catholic school children in the diocese. Some of the food is being donated to the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center, one of the largest day drop-in centers in the Greater Cleveland area.
USCCB Webinar on the New Directory for Catechesis (2020) from July 23, 2020. Learn more about the new Directory, as well as the National Directory for Catechesis and Catechetical Sunday, by visiting the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis website.

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