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

Baked goods (and other treats) needed for Easter Vigil Mass celebration! Saturday 04/04/2015

The Parish Life and Hospitality Commission, along with some faithful volunteers, is hosting a social time after the 8:30PM  Easter Vigil Service on April 4th. We are looking for people to bring some food items to share. Bakery, fruit and other “finger foods” would be most welcome. If you can help us, please contact Chris Dusek at 216-631-6961 or Terry Jungquist ( terry.jungquist@yahoo.com ).

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Everyday Prophets: Tim Grady of Boys Hope/Girls Hope, Tuesday 03-24-2015, 12:30

On Tuesday, March 24, Tim Grady is our Everyday Prophet. Tim is director of Boys Hope/Girls Hope, a Jesuit founded program that works to develop the “whole child”. We start at 12:30 (after noon Mass) in the hall. Everyday Prophets is a lunchtime program to celebrate the work & dedication of those in our community who serve others. Speakers also share stories of their own life’s journey. Bring a lunch (beverage & dessert are provided) and enjoy the stories, fellowship, and inspiration shared. taizeprayer2

Spiritual Development Commission Meets Monday 03-23-2015 7PM

Go to St. Malachi CenterPlease join the Spiritual Development Commission for our meeting on Monday, March 23 at 7:00 pm in the rectory. We will be talking about our participation in the 150th Year Celebration, other initiatives, upcoming retreats and other events planned for the next few months.