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Welcome Michelle Nowak!

Michelle began this week as director of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office and newest member of the Parish Life team. She was certified as a lay ecclesial minister in 2003, and has served faithfully as youth minister, pastoral minister, and director of religious education. Michelle holds a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Theology, as well as being certified as a master catechist in the Diocese of Cleveland. In addition, she has been trained at the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. Michelle is a wife and a mother of three children, and she enjoys writing, gardening, reading, and travel. 

Eucharistic Revival Updates

Orientation on Parish Year of the Eucharistic Revival

On January 18, we held a virtual orientation to discuss the logistics for organizing the procession, as well as other initiatives for the Parish Year of the Eucharistic Revival.  If you were unable to attend the virtual orientation for the Parish Year of Eucharistic Revival on January 18, below is a recording of the presentation. You will also find the recording on our website. Click here to download the notes from the chat.

Diocesan Prayer for the Eucharistic Revival

The Diocesan Prayer for Eucharistic Revival has been translated into 11 different languages. The prayer was written by the diocesan team for the Eucharistic Revival and reflects much of the feedback received from the synodal listening sessions in regards to the Eucharist. We hope you will encourage community members to use this prayer during meetings and gatherings, as well as part of their individual prayer. To download the prayers, go to and click on “Media Kit.” Printer-friendly versions will be added soon. 
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Current Happenings

Black Catholic Ministries

Final Call: Day of Reflection Follow-Up
Saturday, February 4, 10:30am – Noon
Our Lady of Peace Church, Cleveland

Join us to learn more about the upcoming National Black Catholic Congress from July 20-23, 2023 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center located in National Harbor, MD. This will be your last chance to sign up to be part of the diocesan delegation. All are welcome! Please contact Sr. Jane Nesmith if you have any questions.

Tornado Relief
Let us honor Martin Luther King, Jr. during the remainder of January and into National Black History Month by a Special Service Project. Help the Edmundite Missions in Selma, Alabama bring relief to thousands of people needing food, clothing, and shelter as they struggle through the aftermath of the monstrous tornado that struck their area on Thursday, January 12, 2023. 

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Child Protection

The Diocese of Cleveland has been found “In Compliance” with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for the audit period July 1, 2019 through September 30, 2022. Thank you all for your efforts year after year to keep our kids safe.  

We plan to resume virtual parish “audits” throughout the year to review your records and ensure your understanding of the policies and procedures for safe environments. We will reach out to parishes throughout the year to schedule Zoom sessions. 

Missionary Discipleship

Save the date!
Monday, April 24, 2023

The Diocese of Cleveland will host Sherry Weddell, author of Living as Missionary Disciples! Details around this event will be coming soon. Our time spent with Ms. Weddell will lead us to discern effective evangelization methods and strategies to encourage those in our parishes and communities to live more deeply as followers of the Eucharistic Lord. We hope you are able to find the time to join us!

Hispanic Ministry

St. Anne & Joachim Grandparent Workshop
Saturday, February 11, 8:30am-12:30pm 
St. Mary Church, Painesville

This workshop will be offered in Spanish for older adults interested in learning more about how to share their Catholic faith with their grandchildren of all ages. Brunch will be provided.  

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Instituto Emaús / Escuela de Discípulos Misioneros
Saturday, February 25, 9am-4pm 
Center for Pastoral Leadership 

This course will present the stages of human development from a Christian perspective. 

Lay Ecclesial Ministry

CST:102 Pro-Life in a Post-Roe World
Saturday, February 11, 9am-Noon
Center for Pastoral Leadership 

This is the second of three workshops on Catholic Social Teaching. Presented by Mary von Carlowitz, director of the Office for Human Life. There is no fee.

See our candidates in the Lay Ecclesial Ministry certification program! Click here to download a print-friendly version. The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office is also happy to send you one or more posters for your parish or institution. Simply contact us at and let us know how many you need. 
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Marriage & Family Ministry

50th Anniversary Jubilee Mass
Saturday, June 24, 9:30am 
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Visit our website for details about the day, including parking, pictures, and certificates. No registration is required. However, the online request form does need to be submitted by the couple in order to receive a certificate and blessing by mail. Learn more

Marriages of Grace Annual Retreat Day
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Holiday Inn Conference Center, Independence 

Marriages of Grace is bringing in renowned speakers Dr. Andrew and Sarah Swafford for a day of marriage enrichment. Mark your calendar!

Single Catholics

National Catholic Singles has an online group that connects singles from all over the United States. They also host an annual National Conference, details for this year TBD. 

Young Adults

Believeland Young Adult Retreat
February 17-19, 20223
Jesuit Retreat Center

Join other young adults in their 20s and 30s as they explore their past, present and future through the lens of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. The retreat is led by a young adult team along with some clergy and lay staff. Cost: $65 suggested donation. Scholarships available – no one refused because of finances. Contact Mike Hayes if assistance is needed.

Theology on Tap
February 21, 7 pm
Forest City Brewery 

“Creation as Gift” with Gregg and Dr. Elizabeth Stovicek.  

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Youth Ministry

Diocesan Youth Advisory Council Applications

We are looking for applicants of high school sophomores and juniors to create this new council with representatives of all eight counties. If you know any teens you would like to recommend, please encourage them to apply here

YM Bootcamp: Large Events and Fundraising
Thursday, February 9, 1pm 
St. Francis of Assisi Parish

Let's talk about how to plan, execute, and fundraise for camps, conferences, and pilgrimages, involving the entire parish in praying for and supporting your teens. Optional Lunch at 12:15pm. Registration deadline is February 6.   


Desert Day Retreat
Monday, February 13, 9am-5:30pm
St. Peter, North Ridgeville  

Geared for those who minister to middle and high school teens. We will start with a light breakfast, an inspiring talk by John Beaulieu, Director of Evangelization and Formation at Franciscan University, and then go on our own to read, reflect, respond, and pray in solitude with God. Mass, Adoration, Confession, and Spiritual Direction will be available.  Registration deadline is February 6. 


Middle School YM Gathering
Thursday, February 23, 1-3pm 
Location TBA
Join other youth and campus ministers who understand the unique joys and challenges of this age group. Bring your favorite activities, and come and share best practices. More details coming in the February eNewsletter. 

Sign up for the YM eNewsletter 

Sent once or twice a month, the YM  eNewsletter is the primary means of  communicating those ministering to youth in our diocese. Priests, deacons, PCLs, as well as youth and campus ministers are encouraged to sign up. If you would like to receive the email, please sign up here.

Mass for Life

On Friday, January 20, we celebrated the diocesan Mass for Life at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Students representing 12 Catholic high schools, several Catholic grade schools and a few public schools joined Bishop Malesic in this annual celebration of the gift of life. As part of this celebration, the Human Life office also sponsored an art contest for students in grades K-8 and an essay contest for high school students. Winners will be announced soon.
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