Diocese of Cleveland Chrism Mass, 3/31/2015

chrism-massThe Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Cleveland will be celebrated at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

At this Mass, Bishop Lennon, joined by the priests of the diocese, gather at the Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop.

Here the bishop blesses three oils — the oil of catechumens (oleum catechumenorum oroleum sanctorum), the oil of the infirm (oleum infirmorum) and holy chrism (sacrum chrisma) — which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.

Throughout the Bible, various references indicate the importance of olive oil in daily life. Oil was used in cooking, particularly in the making of bread, that basic food substance for nourishment (e.g. Nm 11:7-9); as a fuel for lamps (e.g. Mt 25:1-9); and as a healing agent in medicine (e.g. Is 1:6 and Lk 10:34). Moreover, with oil the Jews anointed the head of a guest as a sign of welcome (e.g. Lk 7:46), beautified one’s appearance (e.g. Ru 3:3) and prepared a body for burial (e.g. Mk 16:1).

In religious practices, the Jews also used oil to offer sacrifices (e.g. Ex 29:40); to dedicate a memorial stone in honor of God (e.g. Gn 28:18); and to consecrate the meeting tent, the ark of the covenant, the table, the lampstand, the laver, the altar of incense, and the altar of holocausts (e.g. Ex 31:26-29). The use of oil was clearly a part of the daily life of the people.

Sacred Scripture also attests to the spiritual symbolism of oil. For instance, Psalm 23:5 reads, “You anoint my head with oil,” signifying favor and strength from the Lord; and Psalm 45:8 reads, “You love justice and hate wickedness; therefore, God your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellow kings,” signifying the special designation from God and the joy of being His servant. Moreover, to be “the anointed” of the Lord indicated receiving a special vocation from the Lord and the empowerment with the Holy Spirit to fulfill that vocation: Jesus, echoing the words of Isaiah, spoke, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me; therefore, He has anointed me” (Lk 4:18). St. Paul emphasized this point, “God is the one Who firmly establishes us along with you in Christ; it is He Who anointed us and has sealed us, thereby depositing the first payment, the Spirit in our hearts” (2 Cor 1:21). Therefore, the symbolism of oil is rich sanctification, healing, strengthening, beautification, dedication, consecration and sacrifice.

Adapted from writing by Fr. William Saunders. Fr. Saunders is pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Potomac Falls and a professor of catechetics and theology at Notre Dame Graduate School in Alexandria.

Parish Nazareth Day Previews Parish Retreat 2015

Mary and Joseph

Mary and Joseph


Jesus’ Cousin












On Sunday, 2/1/2015, about 50 parishioners of all ages participated in Nazareth Day.  Director of Liturgy and Music Charlene McElwee led the  group in festive singing of two songs, Nothing is Impossible with God and Lord, I Lift Your Name On High.

Mary and Joseph themselves made an apperance, and several children from Nazareth came by.

Great food Nazareth-themed food including hummus, pita bread, chips, dates were enjoyed..  Some American egg and sausage omelette casserole appeared  and was quickly consumed.

The event was a preview of the Parish Retreat that will be held at St. Leonard’s Retreat Center, in Avon, OH, of information and signup for weekend, of July 31, 2015-August 1, 2015.

For information on the Parish Retreat, contact Stephanie Pritts: stephanie.p@stmalachi.org  216-861-5343

African American and Native American Appeal, March 14 and 15, 2015

AfAm Native Am appeal1African American and Native American Annual Appeal There is a second collection at Mass this weekend March 14 and 15, 2015. For more than 100 years, the Church has had a strong program of evangelization for the African-American and Native-American communities. Many diocesan parishes and programs, including St. Malachi Center, have received funding from this collection.

Triduum liturgical ministers needed April 2/3/4, 2015


Easter Vigil Altar ServersEaster Triduum Liturgical Ministers are needed for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 2, 3 and 4, 2015.

Lectors, Eucharistic ministers, servers, and ushers are needed for the Holy Thursday (7:30PM), Good Friday (3PM) and Holy Saturday (8:30PM) services.

Sign-up sheets are in the sacristy.

Please consider serving to help with the most sacred time of our liturgical year.

St. Malachi Center Soup for the Soul Benefit on 3/26/2015

St. Malachi Center
‘s Soup for the Soul fundraiser will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Over 20 of Cleveland’s favorite chefs will share their most delicious soups at this annual fundraiser. bowl of soup

The Renaissance Cleveland is at 24 Public Square and the event will start at 6:00 PM. Host Chef, Nolan Konkoski of SOHO Kitchen & Bar has lined up an incredible group of chefs for this year’s event. Participants can try as many soups as they wish & eat bowls of their favorites. Local celebrity servers, auctions, raffles, delicious appetizers & desserts will make Soup for the Soul an event not to be missed!

Honorary Chairs of the event are Peter and Katy Gibbons. Jeanette and Ed Shemo will be honored with the Sister Michael Marie Griffin Award for their longstanding service to both the Center & the larger community. All funds raised at Soup for the Soul support St. Malachi Center’s programming for children & families. Tickets, $95, can be purchased at www.stmalachicenter.org or by calling (216) 771-3036.

St. Malachi Center is an independent, non-profit charitable organization that is separate from St. Malachi Parish.

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.

Parish Council Nominations

Parish-Council-Logo-Sept.-12-2011-300x297The Nominating Committee of the Parish Council would like you to prayerfully consider nominating yourself or another parishioner for one of the three At-Large positions that will be available as of July 1, 2015.  The position is a three year commitment to attend monthly meetings, share time and talent, and actively participate in parish ministries and activities.  This is a wonderful opportunity to serve our parish and to live The Joy of the Gospel of Pope Francis.  Nominations begin March 15, 2015 and end March 29, 2015.  Nomination forms are at the doors of the church, or call Pat Masterson at (216) 849-3689.

Parish Council member Mary MacNamera reports on mission trip to Amani Cottage in Kenya


Martin, resident at Amani Cottage in Kisumu, Kenya

Kisumu, Kenya.  What a day! We are in Kisumu, Kenya on the shores of Lake Victoria. One of Africa’s Great Lakes. Second only in size to Lake Superior.

I am visiting the Amani Cottage, which is home to 15 children who have not been adopted from New Life Home. This is my 8th trip here in the last 10 years. The children who call Amani Cottage home have one or more health issues; cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, hydrocephaly, autism, blindness, deafness. They know the realities of these issues every day but they also live with the kindness and the love of the most joyful women I have met in Kenya, their caregivers. Amani Cottage is part of the New Life Home campus in Kisumu where 18 babies and 12 toddlers are also living waiting for their adoptive families. It is one of my favorite places on earth.

One moment this afternoon says it all.

It had been a great day. The babies were in bed; the crawlers were bathed, and the toddlers were being fed. I heard a child still out on the play porch and went back outside to check. It was Martin.

The hot Kisumu sun was finally on the horizon, and a soft wind had stirred up from Lake Victoria. Martin was siting with his caregiver on the edge of the veranda and laughing—laughing at the wind and the smell of the sea. His caregiver grinned at my surprise and we both began to laugh as well. Martin reached out to take my hand and we breathed, cooed and rubbed each others arms as the sun dipped down beyond the vast lake.

Martin has been blind and almost completely deaf since birth. He has cerebral palsy and can’t eat regular food or sit up or move on his own, but he has a million dollar smile and shares it generously. Martin also has a world of joys and interests that the staff and children continue to discover. He loves new clothes, sitting next to his friend Wycliffe, bike rides, swimming, and being told he’s handsome.

Just as Ashley greets the visitors, Lena gets to organize the dolls and Wycliffe has the biggest walker, everyone at New Life Home acknowledges that the wind is Martin’s.

How does all this happen in his world without sight or sound? Breath, touch, energy and love. May your year also be filled with them.

Submitted by Mary McNamara, member of St. Malachi. Parish Council member.

Note:  the proceeds from the sale of Kenyan arts items at our annual Fair Trade sale in December goes to support the operations of New Life Home and Amani Cottage. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.