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It’s About More Than the Sandwiches

This week, St. Malachi received an acknowledgement card, the kind that usually are sent to those who offer condolences when a person has died.  Although the printed verse was typical of such cards in expressing appreciation, the note was not:

Thank you for making your showers available, feeding and clothing my son and treating him like a human being.

You take in and help the most lost of the lost (heroin did this to my son) – regardless of whether they have a warrant or not.  They still need the basics – even if they live under a bridge as my son did for a time.  He spoke to me often about the love he felt there – not the disgust for himself he felt when the police had him (which was often).  They looked on him like he was a piece of dirt.  Thank you for loving the (at times) unlovable.

You do God’s work every single day.
  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

My heart grieves for this family, who has lost a son.  How tragic.  I pray that he may be at peace with the Lord, free at last from heroin and from everything that kept him so broken and bound.  … continue reading “It’s About More Than the Sandwiches”

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Fr. Neil Walters’ Homily, Sunday, August 3, 2014, 11:30 AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Neil Walters during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, at St. Malachi’s. 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.)

 

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Guest Homily, Sr. Annette Langenderfer, Sisters of St. Francis, Sunday, July 27, 2014, 11:30 AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

Sunday’s homily featured guest speaker Sr. Annette Langenderfer, from the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio, who shared about the Sisters’ mission driven work during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, at St. Malachi’s. 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.)

 

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Fr. Tony Schuerger’s Homily, Sunday, July 20, 2014, 11:30 AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Anthony Schuerger, during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time. 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.)

 

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Witness: “The Decision” 2.0

During the years when LeBron James first played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, there was an enormous billboard of James with the basketball flying toward the rim and a single word: “Witness” – as in witness the amazing athletic feats of this young superstar in the making.

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Four years ago, Cleveland “witnessed” “The Decision” and his now-infamous statement: “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” (i.e. the Miami Heat).  What did we “witness” then?  A decision focused on winning – and multiple championships.  A choice that seemed focused on what was best for his athletic career and the opportunity to achieve as much as he himself could.  A decision to surround himself with highly-talented people who were willing (eager) to work with him to achieve these goals – and whom, in his mind, gave him the best opportunity to reach them.  The “witness,” as Cleveland sports columnist Terry Pluto recently noted, “That was not like you. It was so self-absorbed, so immature” (How LeBron James learned about life’s hard lessons and second chances).  Yes, that, indeed, was what people “witnessed.” … continue reading “Witness: “The Decision” 2.0″

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Sunday Mornings at St. Malachi’s – August Schedule

Everyone is  invited to join “Sunday Morning at St. Malachi’s.”  This new initiative  started earlier this year and offers parishioners, visitors and community members time to gather as a parish and participate in a group activity/event each Sunday from 10:15-11:20 (between the 2 Sunday masses).  It’s a wonderful way to meet with friends old and new, get involved in the goings on of the parish, and enrich your personal faith journey.  Meetings are in the Church Hall in the school building unless otherwise noted.

Below is the tentative schedule for August:

  • Sun. August 3 – Dog Days of Summer Silly Brunch
    Bring your own  cereal and wear a silly hat!
  • Sun. August 10 – Group Sunday
    • Book Club – Room 2 (upstairs) – The Cloister Walk, by Kathleen Norris
    • St. Malachi 20’s and 30’s – Hall
    • Veteran Malachites  – Hall
  • Sun. August 17- Kay Vine, St. Malachi’s Bereavement Ministry
  • Sun. August 24Group Sunday
    • Book Club – Room 2 (upstairs) – The Cloister Walk, by Kathleen Norris
    • St. Malachi 20’s and 30’s – Hall
    • Veteran Malachites  – Hall

Hope you can join us! Bring a friend!

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Fr. Jim O’Donnell’s Homily, Sunday July 13, 2014, 11:30AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Jim O’Donnell, during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time. 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.)

 

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Fr. Tony Schuerger’s Homily, Sunday July 13, 2014, 9:00AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Anthony Schuerger during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, and the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Fr. Tony’s Pastorate. 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.)

 

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14th Annual Catholic Family FESTival is on Sunday August 3

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FEST14-CircleFEST 2014 is just a few weeks away – Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 12 noon until 10 pm. It’s a day of faith — family – fun and it’s all for FREE. It’s our 14th Annual Catholic Family FESTival that takes place on the grounds of Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminary (28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe). The FEST has great music (Third Day, Colton Dixon, Mandisa, and for King and Country) along with Gospel-based activities for the kids, a Mom’s Relaxation Station, a Dad’s Den, a special Youth Rally along with GREAT food and fun for all. The FEST concludes at 8 pm with a beautiful outdoor Mass followed by an amazing American Fireworks display.

To learn more, go to: www.theFEST.us. The FEST is faith – family – fun – all for FREE – thanks to Medical Mutual, Marc’s, Notre Dame College, PNC, and Sherwood Foods. Please join us for our annual Catholic Family FESTival.

We need your help! It takes 1,400 volunteers to bring The FEST to life. Be a part of a GREAT group of people who help us create this wonderful family day for our Diocese and region. Go to: www.theFEST.us/volunteer for details. We are also looking for 400 people to sing in the choir for The FEST Mass. Interested? Go to: www.theFEST.us/choir.

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Fr. Tony Schuerger’s Homily, July 6, 2014, 11:30AM Mass

We are pleased to make available the audio file with the Sunday Homily.

The homily was preached by Fr. Anthony Schuerger during the 11:30AM Mass, which was the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, at St. Malachi’s. 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.)

 

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