The Patron Saint of Cleveland is St. John the Evangelist
The Patron Saint of Ohio is Our Lady of Consolation
The Patron Saint of the US is the Immaculate Conception of Mary
News and Upcoming Events for Catholics in Cleveland
We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
Hail Mary, Full of Grace…
This DVD is a Living Rosary in the sense that over 200 people participated in saying a prayer. 3 bishops, numerous priests and sisters and a variety of lay people all said a prayer (Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be) that when put together combine to form the complete Rosary.
All 4 Mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous) are included and there is an extra Decade for your special intentions.
We hope that this DVD inspires you to pray the Rosary more frequently. You can choose to view/pray a single Decade, a complete Mystery or all 4 Mysteries. The DVD includes a listing of all the Mysteries.
The Rosary is a great gift given to us by Our Blessed Mother.
Lord God I thank you today for the gift of my life and for the gift lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more lives than abortion, yet I rejoice that You have conquered death by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the Pro-life movement and never stop defending life until all my brothers and sisters are protected and our nation once again becomes a nation with liberty and justice not just for some but for all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen!
It was a big weekend for Greater Cleveland's Polish American Community. To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the founding of St. Casimir's Parish, Fr. Eric Orzech, pastor of both St. Casimir and St. Stanislaus Churches invited the Most Reverend Andrzej Wypych, the Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago to be the Celebrant and Homilist at the Sunday, October 16th, 11:30 AM Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving.
Bishop Andrzej Wypych, Fr Eric Orzech, altar servers and children of the Sienkiewicz Polish Language School and Piast Dancers
Mother Teresa Canonization Ceremony - Albanian Cultural Garden
The Albanian Cultural Garden hosted a canonization ceremony for Blessed Mother Teresa on Sunday September 4, 2016. "Many people don't know Mother Teresa was Albanian," said Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady, one of the founders of the garden and leader of the ceremony.
Bishop Roger Gries, O.S.B., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus as well as Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, FACHE Congregational Leader, Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine, and Sister Kathleen Ryan, administrator for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, all spoke about the new saint and her influence on the world and their lives.
Sheila Crawford, Sister Ryan, Bishop Gries, Dona Brady,
Sister Karam and Adem Meta
Many Cleveland Irish began the day with Mass at St. Colman's, St Patrick's or Saints Robert & William or other churches. There were many Catholic schools and organizations in the Parade as well including the Knights of Columbus.
Knights of Columbus at the Parade
The Cleveland Right to Life marchers were greeted by hearty applause along the Parade route.
Right to Life at St Patrick's Day Parade
Cleveland's Polish community from St. Casimir Church celebrated 1050 Years of Christianity.
Pope Francis visit influence on Cleveland Catholics
Fr. Joseph A. Bacevice, pastor of St. Casimir Parish in Cleveland Ohio was asked if Pope Francis' visit would have an influence.
He said that it will have a great influence especially with alienated Catholics. He said it already has with several people wanting to get back to the Faith.
Forty First Annual Youth Rally for Life - Cleveland
It is Thursday, January 22. This is the Forty First Annual Youth Rally for Life. Normally we have held this event on Cleveland Public Square at noon in the midst of all the lunch-time crowds. Despite the usual freezing cold, the young people have always come from their high schools and colleges to deliver their messages of hope and love. We more "mature young people" come to listen and find inspiration.
Fr. Caroli B. Shao, A.J. Pastor of St Colman Church in Cleveland wrote these remarks about St Colman Day and the honoring of Fr. Robert Begin.
"This year as we honor Fr. Bob, we recall his 20 years of commitment to the people of St. Colman Parish and to the entire neighborhood. During his 20 years as Sacramental Minister and Pastor, we saw St. Colman Parish growing tremendously in all aspects of parish life: spirituality, social justice, service, education and finances.
Fr. Bob never sat back to watch what would happen. He became a key player in the field, along with all of the parishioners who work so hard to ensure St. Colman's future. Thank you, Fr. Bob, for your gift of service to the people of St. Colman's, the neighborhood and the City of Cleveland."
About 1000 people celebrated the Annual Mass and Gathering on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 12 noon at St. Clarence Church. This is the 17th year the event was hosted by the Asian Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. It was an afternoon of family celebration of Asian culture and spirituality beginning with the celebration of the Mass with the Most Rev. Roger W Gries, OSB along with priests from the different Asian Catholic communities.
The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities assembled at the Mass was reflected throughout the celebration. Members of the various Asian communities came together with their own traditions, dressed in colorful ethnic clothes: shimmering saris, kimonos, karawangs, hanboks, barongs, and ao dai. The entrance procession included Vietnamese drums. During the Mass there was an incense ceremony by the Vietnamese, and the Indian aarti. Hymns were sung by the choirs in various Asian languages: Tagalog (Filipino), Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi (Indian).
The readings and the prayers of the faithful were also said in various Asian languages.
Sesuraj Family at the Asian Catholic Mass and Gathering
Tribute to newly canonized Saint Pope John Paul II
April 27, 2014 St Barbara Church at 1505 Denison in Cleveland has a large Polish American population. They celebrated the canonization of Pope John Paul II with a special service (in Polish and English) at St Barbara Church.
Mass Mob at St Barbara Church and Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II
April 27, 2014 St Barbara Church at 1505 Denison in Cleveland has a large Polish American population. Pastor Joseph Hilinski and Rev. Andrzej Panek were joined by 2 other priests at this special Mass celebrated in both Polish and English.
Saint Casimir Church - 8223 Sowinski Ave. Cleveland
March 23, 2014 Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and others) has been used to create Flash Mobs for impromptu dance and other performances, Cash Mobs to help a small business get lots of customers and other "Mobs" to get a larger than usual group of people together for a common purpose.
Parishioner leaders from St Casimir Catholic Church in Cleveland have been active since the Church was originally closed down several years ago. Stanislav Zadnik, Joseph Feckanin, John Niadzialek, Wojtek Flezar and others organized weekly prayer vigils at the Church until it was reopened on July 15, 2012. Zadnik heard of the Mass Mob in Buffalo and spread the word to the others and, after discussing with pastor Rev. Eric Orzech, spread the news of a Catholic Mass Mob at St. Casimir Church at East 82nd and Sowinski.
Typically the 11:30 AM Sunday Mass at St Casimir would attract about 100 people but over 700 attended Mass on March 23, 2014 for the first Mass Mob in Cleveland.
Fr. Orzech' sermon from the 3rd Sunday of Lent reflected on the Gospel account of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. His advice is inspiring
Pilgrimage to Stop Deportation of Local Immigrant Father
Ricardo Ramos, an immigrant father of three U.S. citizen children, has been working (and paying taxes) in the nurseries of Lake County, OH for the past sixteen years. Currently, he's facing deportation on January 16th, the same day as his daughter's twelfth birthday.
St. Casimir Church in Cleveland is home to a predominantly Polish American congregation but St Casimir has become the adopted Church of Ricardo Ramos and his family. They learned of the miracles attributed to Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna.
On Monday January 13, 2014 about 100 supporters made a 20 mile pilgrimage walk in the cold and rain from Painesville to St Casimir to pray for a miracle in front of the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
The Asian Indian Catholic Community celebrated the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Agnes Church in Elyria. Fr. Albert Veigas, Pastor, is from India and said that in India the Feast is one of the most celebrated and revered days of the Church calendar. It coincides with the Harvest Festival and the two are combined to make Mary's birthday even more special.
Statue of Blessed Virgin Mary - after children brought flowers
Church Women United in Greater Cleveland is a group of women who gather together to promote the positive similarities of our faiths and accentuate the underlying oneness of the various religious groups and affiliations. This year's theme was "The Myths And Mysteries In Our Religions" and featured speakers from the following faiths: Catholic, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim and Sikh.
Fr. Damian Ference of Borromeo Seminary spoke and explained that "stuff matters" in the Catholic faith because Jesus was incarnate not just spiritual. So the water, oil and other physical aspects of the sacraments are important.
Organizations and Resources for Catholic in Cleveland
The Roman Catholic Church is the world's largest Christian church, representing over half of all Christians and one-sixth of the world's population. The Cleveland Catholic Diocese is the 17th Largest Diocese in the United States.
It was founded on April 23, 1847. It covers eight counties including Cuyahoga (Cleveland), Summit (Akron), Lorain (Lorain-Elyria), Lake (Painesville), Geauga (Chardon),Medina (Medina), Wayne (Wooster) and Ashland (Ashland)- an area of 3,414 square Miles.
The 753,255 Catholics in the Diocese represent or 28% of the total 8 county population.
Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for reminding us of the Reason for the Season
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. Members of the order must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give "Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor".
She said, "By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus."
On September 22, 2012 a 7' tall bronze statue of the Nobel Peace Prize winner was unveiled at a ceremony attended by Albanian President Bujar Nishani.
Mother Teresa statue in Albanian Cultural Garden in Cleveland
Throughout its history, The FEST has truly become a one-of-a-kind regional event. People from all over Northeast Ohio and beyond eagerly look forward to The FEST each year! The FEST began in August of 2000, where just under 5,000 people attended. Now, twelve years later, the attendance has reached 35,000!
Melissa Waclawik, Tiffany Wallace and Angelique Jones from Ursuline at the Fest
The last Mass held at St. Casimir Church in Cleveland was held on November 8, 2009. Starting the following Sunday, parishioners and supporters met outside the locked church to pray.
On Sunday July 8, 2012 the 139th and final street service was held. St Casimir Church will reopen on Sunday July 15, 2012.
The St Casimir group was the first to meet outside the church and never missed a week despite Cleveland's dramatic weather. They inspired 4 other church communities (St. Emeric, St. Patrick, St. Wendelin and St. James) to begin meeting in the street the following summer.
Now their prayers have been answered and St Casimir Church will reopen with a Mass at 11:30AM on July 15th. The loyal group which was exiled outside for so long will be able to enter their beloved church again.
Many believe this to be a miracle delivered to them by the Blessed Virgin as Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Original bronze cast of the hand of Pope John Paul II
Cardinal Karol Wojtilla visit to Cleveland in 1969
On May 30, 2012, an intercultural group of people came together to raise funds for the Mother Teresa statue in the Albanian Cultural Garden as well as to meet new friends and have some fun. The event was created by immigration attorney and author Richard Herman, City Councilwoman Dona Brady and Federation Of India Community Associations of NE Ohio (FICA) president Asim Datta.
Sister Valarie Sweeney, SND gave an opening prayer
Congratulations to Bill Jackson who served as director and coordinator of the Fr. Michael Wittman Ozanam Center at St Philomena Church. His many years of selfless service were recognized at a Mass and reception in August. As Communion of Saints Pastor John McNulty said, "The Center is a constant reminder of our obligation to reach out to those in need with the compassion of Christ. Well Done Bill!
Bill Jackson with certificates of appreciation
Speaking of Fr. McNulty, that's him (on the right) at the annual BBQ held at the St Philomena campus of Communion of Saints Parish.
CatholicVote.org asks, "Did you hear about the recent YouTube sensation where a man named Jefferson Bethke says: “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus”?
In the video Bethke asks, “What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion?” and “Why does [religion] build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor.” He also wonders why religion can be considered good if it’s started so many wars.
Of course, these are the same tired arguments we’ve all heard leveled against the Catholic Church for generations. But tragically, Bethke uses his great skills as a poet and video artist to make these stale arguments fresh and persuasive to a new generation of Americans.
…and his video already has 15 million views on YouTube and continues to spread like wildfire.
These clever, but illogical and false critiques of the Church cannot go unanswered.
Our friends at Spirit Juice Studios put together a response that is sensational. And we just had to share it with you."
Thérèse Osborne during a Special Commemorative Mass organised by The Archbishop Romero Trust to celebrate the lives of Sisters Maura Clarke M.M., Ita Ford M.M.,
Dorothy Kazel O.S.U. and lay missionary Jean Donovan, martyred in El Salvador on 2nd December 1980.