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Thank you, Dobie and Mark!

Dobie Moser and Mark Delsander will be leaving the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry on June 30, 2020. We thank both of them for their service to our parishes in guiding our young people in their formation as faith-filled, generous and vibrant members of our church and society. 
     Dr. Dobie Moser, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and CYO for the Diocese of Cleveland, is leaving his current position and moving full time to Catholic Charities on July 1, 2020. This transition includes an increase in Dobie’s role and responsibilities with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) in Catholic Charities. Dobie has served in his present position in our diocese for 25 years, during which time he has provided outstanding leadership and guidance in the development of one of the finest Youth and Young Adult Programs in the country. We thank him for the very positive impact he has had on the formation of our Youth Ministers and the youth and young adults of our Diocese. 
     Mark Delsander is leaving his position as a Youth and Young Adult Ministry Specialist for the Diocese of Cleveland at the end of June, 2020. Mark has served parishes, youth, and young adults in the diocese in many ways during his 32-year tenure. His efforts in ministry through many programs – youth conferences, NCYC, Boy Scouts and Girls Religious programs, the youth coming from various ethnic communities – have been very significant. We thank Mark especially for the love, faith, and generous spirit which has been characteristic of his ministry. 
     Both men have expressed their gratitude especially to those they have ministered with over the years, describing the experience as both life enriching and changing; and expressing their gratitude to all. Please join us now in prayer for God’s continued guidance and blessing on their futures.

 

Masks and Cards at Grafton 

When COVID 19 struck, the men of the Grafton Correctional Institution responded! Beginning in April, a group of men at the Grafton Correctional Institution (GCI) began producing colorful cotton masks for the employees, volunteers and residents of our Catholic Charities agencies! This project is an expression of their desire to provide community service and connection during the virus. To date (June 7, 2020) they had completed over 12,000 masks—each sanitized and distributed to protect our employees and those they serve over our eight-county diocese. Many of those masks are accompanied by a handmade card promising prayer and thoughts during this difficult time. 
     As the men and GCI express their gratitude for this opportunity to help, we thank them for the tremendous gift they have given to so many—a gift that expresses their care and understanding of what it means to be isolated during this vulnerable time!  

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Current Happenings

African American Ministry

On June 4, we facilitated an online discussion on the death of George Floyd and the aftermath on the African American community. This is the first in a series of discussions about race and the Church. For more information, please contact Mr. Cary Dabney.

Ecumenical & Interfaith

The religious leaders in Northeast Ohio have created this video interfaith prayer service in response to the death of George Floyd and its aftermath. Click here to view.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Annual LEM Summer Retreat
July 17 - July 18, 2020

The retreat will be offered online as a 24-hour virtual retreat, including small group discussions and reflection opportunities. Invite co-workers and volunteers to participate in this retreat!

Contact Pattie Batchman to learn more about the diocesan certification process for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.

Missionary Discipleship

Ignite the Fire of Faith
Friday, July 10, 2pm

Join us for our next virtual gathering for those who work in parishes to network with each other, discuss relevant needs, and share creative ideas as we continue our work of evangelization.
     To sign up, contact Miguel Chavez!

Ministry Updates

Child Protection

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are at a new and unprecedented place in offering VIRTUS training sessions. We are reviewing the options of offering training sessions in a virtual format, but we also value of live training sessions—in a safe environment. Thus, we have prepared the following guidelines.

Hispanic Ministry

The first online course of the Biblical Studies formation program began on June 6. It's not too late to sign up. The next course begins July 1. For more information, please contact Misael Mayorga.

Marriage & Family

Due to the pandemic, we are exploring other options for the 50th Anniversary Mass, including a live-stream only event. More info coming soon.
     The Pastoral Care of the Sick formation sessions for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will continue in an online format. The previously scheduled dates, times, and registration process remain the same. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Jason Lewis.

Youth & Young Adults

We have created a page of resources to assist with youth ministry efforts during these challenging times. All are encouraged to use this page as a reference as content will be added throughout the summer. Read more

Combating Racism In the Church Through Our Youth, Education & Evangelization

Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 pm
Special Guest: Father Roy Lee, Community Life Coordinator
Institute of Black Catholic Studies, Xavier University, Louisiana


Continuing our conversation on racism, we will move to speaking specifically about how to address racism and the Church. On this call we will  discuss how to develop effective evangelization methods to confront racism in our parish communities, particularly with our youth & young adults and through our education  & formation programs.

Call Information:
By Computer: https://walsh.zoom.us/j/8321715185
By Phone: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 832 171 5185

Prayer to Heal Racial Division

We thank you, O Lord, for in your loving wisdom
You created one human family with a diversity that enriches our communities.

We pray to you, O Lord, that we always recognize each member of this human family as being made in your image and beloved by you, with worth and dignity.

We pray to you, O Lord, that we may envision a way forward to heal the racial divisions that deny human dignity and the bonds between all human beings.

We pray to you, O Lord, that we may affirm each person's dignity through fair access for all to economic opportunity, housing, education, and employment.

We pray to you, O Lord, that we may have eyes to see what is possible when we reach out beyond fear, beyond anger, to hold the hand of our sisters, our brothers.

We thank you, O Lord, for your call and challenge to us that we may reveal your teachings and your love through our actions to end racism and to proclaim that we are all your children, heirs to your sacred creation. Amen.
(USCCB, 2018)

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