Callers Needed for Phone Outreach Ministry

New callers are needed for our Phone Outreach Ministry Team.  If you can call 20-30 fellow parishioners to invite them to a parish event, 4 times a year, we need you.  This is not about fundraising — we want to invite all parishioners more fully into the life of the parish.

Phone Outreach Ministry Leader Linda Bellini

Phone Outreach Ministry Leader Linda Bellini

The Phone Outreach Ministry was created as part of the Affirming, Welcoming and Engaging (AWE) process at St. Malachi Parish.  The mission of this ministry is to make a telephone call to all parishioners, to invite them to a parish event, 4 times each year.  The next call will be for our Annual Parish Meeting in the spring.

These calls give the message that we care about each and every parishioner.

Each caller on the team will be responsible for calling 20 to 40 individuals, depending on how many calls that person can make.  Calls can be made from your home.  If you have a warm and welcoming telephone voice, and have time to make calls 4 times per year, please consider joining our Team.  Come to the meeting!  If you have questions, contact Linda Bellini at (216) 548-8095 or labellini48@gmail.com.

Easter Vigil Homily and Welcome to Marcella and Makenna Pfaff, 4/4/2015

Marissa and Makenna Pfaff, with sponsors Gene Pfaff, Anita Epley and father Chris Pfaff

Marcella and Makenna Pfaff, with sponsors Gene Pfaff, Anita Eppley and father Chris Pfaff.  Also pictured are Seminarian Bobby Johansen and Fr. Tony Schuerger.

At the Easter Vigil Service on Saturday, April 4, 2015, St. Malachi Parish celebrated the Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation of Marcella and Makenna Pfaff.  The two girls were sponsored by their grandparent Gene Pfaff and great-aunt Anita Eppley with the support of their father, Chris Pfaff.  The Easter Vigil was the culmination of the Children’s Catechumenate, a period of instruction and formation, which these girls began about 9 months ago.  (See Catechumens Journey toward Easter Sacraments for more details.) Through the girls’ faith, call to Baptism, and obedient response to this call, they provide a witness to all of us.

The homily was preached by Fr. Tony Schuerger who speaks in the homily to the girls, and at the same time to all of us.  To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

St. Malachi Parish this year celebrates its 150th year of faithful service at its current location, the Old Angle neighborhood of Cleveland’s West side.  The Easter Vigil is the highlight of the church year and the liturgy was rich with symbolism and ritual including darkness and light, fire and water, sacred oils and incense, proclamation and teachings from the sacred scripture, vibrant music and singing, and fellowship and communion after the service.

The texts for all of the readings for the sacred liturgy are available at the USCCB Website.  The first reading is also available here as proclaimed by Elizabeth Smith.  The Psalm response, proclaimed by Dan Smith (no relation to Elizabeth), is here:  Song of Moses.

We continue the celebration of the Easter Season and welcome all to come join us at St. Malachi Parish.

St. Malachi Parish, Confirmation Mass Homily, Bishop Roger Gries Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7:00 PM

Confirmation was celebrated at St. Malachi Parish on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. We are pleased to share the homily, which was preached by Bishop Roger Gries.

To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

Holy Thursday Homily, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30PM April 2, 2015

foot-washing-3The entrance song for the liturgy, led by our Choir and directed by Charlene McElwee, is available: We Should Glory in the Cross.

The homily was preached by Fr. Tony Schuerger at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 PM on Holy Thursday, April 2, 2015.

To listen to the homily, first click here to access the MP3 audio file, then click on the play button. (The play button is shaped like a triangle.)

Following the homily, the Mandatum, or Washing of the Feet ritual, was performed.

Holy Week: To Represent and Not Re-enact

holy-week-961x435Re-enactors abound. Every historical movie or program that uses actors in costume to portray real people and historical events are re-enacting. In addition, many historical places have started using staff or trained volunteers in costume to help visitors more fully “experience” the site or the event memorialized in that place.

Historical “Re-enacting” has also become a popular and widespread pastime across the country and in many places around the world. These “reenactors” strive for complete historical accuracy: they dress in historically accurate clothing, usually made by hand of the cloth proper to the era and style of clothing, with buttons and fasteners proper to the period and style. They will use equipment authentic to the period and have learned to use it in the same way that people of that time would use it. If a reenactor is portraying an actual person, the reenactor will have researched the person’s life and, as far as possible, the person’s knowledge and beliefs. A serious reenactor will stay “in character” when speaking to visitors, “not understanding” references to contemporary events, technology or culture. [Read more…]

Parishioners Jeanette and Ed Shemo recognized with Sr. Michael Marie Griffin Anchor Award by Malachi Center

St. Malachi Center Board President Mark Rodio, Jeanette and Ed Shemo, Executive Director Anita Branan

St. Malachi Center Board President Mark Rodio, Jeanette and Ed Shemo, Executive Director Anita Branan

Last week at the annual Soup for the Soul fundraiser for Malachi Center, our parishioners Jeanette and Ed Shemo were recognized with the Sr. Michael Marie Griffin Award. This award honors those who, by their concern and involvement, share in Malachi Center’s mission to empower the individual, nurture the family and build the community.

Jeanette and Ed, parishioners of St. Malachi Parish, have provided many years of service to our sister organization, Malachi Center. (Malachi Center is a separate and distinct entity from St. Malachi Parish.) Jeanette has been a board member of Malachi Center since April, 2005. During that time, she has served three-year terms as Board President, Board Treasurer and Chairperson of the Malachi Mart Committee. She currently is in her first year as Board Secretary and continues to be an active member of the annual Malachi Center Golf Tournament committee.

Supporting Jeanette in her volunteer work, Ed’s behind the scenes efforts are always appreciated by Malachi Center. He has provided sage advice and a clear perspective on problems or concerns that need attention. Further, Ed has served as Parish Council President at Holy Family Parish, Finance Chairperson at the Community of St. Malachi and currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of River Bend Condominium Association.

Jeanette and Ed started their community involvement and charitable work early in their marriage. They have served as a presenting couple for Marriage Encounter, Treasurers for Northeast Ohio Marriage Encounter, coordinated and presented Pre Cana programs at Holy Family Parish for several years and volunteered their services during the auction checkouts at dozens of charitable events.

Please join us in honoring and recognizing Jeanette and Ed for their many years of faithful service.

St. Malachi Easter Triduum Schedule, 2015

Washing of the Feet at Holy Thursday Liturgy

Washing of the Feet at Holy Thursday Liturgy

The services of the Easter Triduum (translated, “three days”) at St. Malachi Parish (Cleveland) in 2015 are scheduled as follows:

  • Holy Thursday:  Mass of the Lord’s Supper (April 2, 2015,  7:30 PM) with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until 10:00 PM.
  • Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion (April 3, 2015, 3:00 PM)
  • Easter Vigil: Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (April 4, 2015, Holy Saturday, 8:30 PM)

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

Commemoration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday

Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday

 

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

We hope that you can join us for part of all of this sacred celebration at St. Malachi.  (Our patron saint is St. Malachy; note that our parish name is spelled differently.)

 

The Service of Light at the Easter Vigil

The Service of Light at the Easter Vigil