Church News – St. Malachi Parish Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:05:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Advent Giving Crèche, 2016 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:59:43 +0000 Christmas tree

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During Advent,  the Social Action Commission of St. Malachi Parish invites you to participate in the Giving Crèche Project to benefit the Malachi Center’s Christmas breakfast for the homeless. Select a gift tag from the Crèche in the front of the church. Purchase one or more of the gifts written on the tag and bring the gift back to the Giving Crèche by Sunday, December 18, 2016.

Individuals and families are encouraged to participate. Your gifts will bring a smile and a bit of comfort to those in need this Christmas. Wish List: Duffel bags; White socks; Men’s & Women’s white T-shirts. Men's Sizes: XL, XXL, XXXL; Women’s sizes: XL, XXL; winter hats; gloves; hand warmers; roll-on/dry deodorant; Vaseline; disposable razors; shaving cream; after shave lotion; travel size toothbrushes & toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, & soap. Walmart and/or Sam’s Club gift cards are also appreciated, and are used to purchase items still needed. Contact Andrea Craggett (216) 771-3036 or for more information.

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A Stewardship Moment Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:58:01 +0000 stewardship


Second Sunday of Advent - Weekend of December 3/4, 2016
In today’s Gospel reading John the Baptist warns his listeners: “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” The season of Advent urges us to be open to a conversion of heart. Christian stewards heed this call daily, and take the need for conversion in their lives seriously. As a family of faith, do we hear this call to conversion amidst the massive holiday spending? The increase in credit card debt? The urge to buy things that are not necessary? The incivility on the roadways during the holidays? Are there patterns in our own lives that need to be converted?
Third Sunday of Advent - Weekend of December 10/11, 2016
From the loneliness of his prison cell John the Baptist asks of Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” The weeks before Christmas offer much to be joyous about, celebrating with family and friends, the glitter of seasonal decorations, the excitement of gift giving and receiving. But in our midst there are the lonely and neglected, the poor, the hospitalized, the wayward, the shut-ins. There are those seemingly without hope. To whom should they look? Discipleship in the Lord includes being good stewards of others. Are there those in our family, our neighborhood, our community to whom we can reach out to show them a sign of Christ’s presence in their midst?
Fourth Sunday of Advent - Weekend of December 17/18, 2016
In today’s Gospel we hear of the coming of Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” We celebrate three Advents: the birth of Christ, his Second Coming, and his presence in the world today. Our daily lives are attended by God’s presence. Indeed, “God is with us.” The Good News of Christ’s Incarnation is that we are the sign, “sacrament,” of Christ’s presence in the world. People are supposed to see us, see how we love one another, see how we treat the stranger among us, give comfort to the poor and afflicted, share the Good News with joy. They see how good stewards are the light of Christ. And there can be no possible response except to say: “God is here!”
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) - December 24/25, 2016
Amidst the beautiful readings at the Christmas Masses is a reading from a small New Testament letter from Saint Paul to his protégé, Titus, read at Midnight Mass. Saint Paul reminds Titus that God
has given us a gift in the person of Jesus Christ. This gift represents God’s active presence in our lives and in our world. This gift redeems us from evil and death. This gift purifies us as God’s people. This is a gift that also comes with an expectation: that we receive it with thanksgiving, allow it to transform us into Christ’s image; and from it, learn how to live a life “eager to do what is good.” Take time the next few days to reflect on the marvelous gift we celebrate at Christmas, and how we might become better stewards of this gift.


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Grateful Giving Update Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:02:41 +0000 gratefulgiving


Thank you to the more than 110 families and individuals who have responded to our Grateful Giving Initiative.  To date, some 91 individuals and families have pledged to increase their offering gift, with a total of almost $995 per week.  More than 25 people have requested information about our electronic giving program, Faith Direct, and six people have indicated their interest in planned giving.


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#WeGiveCatholic: A Great Success! Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:17:56 +0000 thank-you-cards-11


The first ever #WeGiveCatholic online Giving Tuesday was a great success for St. Malachi and for our diocese!  There were 51 donors, who contributed a total of $4475 to support St. Malachi food ministries, including the Backdoor Ministry, Monday Night Meal and the Fruit Baskets we are delivering to Lakeview High Rise next Sunday, December 11, 2016.  Additional outside donations have increased our totoal to $6562!  Thank you to all our donors!  A special Thank you to Sharon Lowe Chapman, who coordinated St. Malachi participation Iwegivecatholicn #WeGiveCatholic

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Many Thanks! Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:07:25 +0000 Special Thanks

Special Thanks

Thank you to all who helped make Advent Preparation a joyous gathering on Sunday, November 20, 2016, especially to Samantha Kretschmer for all her work, and to all who brought donations, wrote cards, and made Jesse Tree ornaments.

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First Reconciliation Tuesday, 12/06/2016 Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:01:56 +0000 reconciled


Please pray for children receiving First Reconciliation this Tuesday, December 6, 2016 and their families.


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Refugee Family Support Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:57:04 +0000 Help Others

Help Others

The Alzin family is beginning to flourish in Cleveland. Unfortunately, Mr. Mohammed Alzin continues to struggle with health issues and has not been cleared by the doctors to begin working. As a parish, when we decided to sponsor a family, we committed to help support their rent; our commitment is $3,000. Envelopes are available at the church doors. Please write your check to St. Malachi, with “refugee family support” on the Memo line. Envelopes can be returned in the collection.


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Immaculate Conception Holy Day, 12/08/2016 Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:38:00 +0000 immaculate_conception


This Thursday, December 8, 2016, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is our country’s patronal feast; the United States is dedicated to Mary under the title of “The Immaculate Conception.” The Holy Day Vigil Mass is Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 5:30PM. On Thursday, December 8, 2016 Masses are at 7:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. Please note: there is no Noon Mass Wednesday. St. Patrick Church has a 5:30 PM Mass on Wednesday & Thursday.


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Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal, 12/10-11/ 2016 Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:28:39 +0000 religiousfund


Next weekend, December 10 and 11, 2016, is the annual Retirement Fund for Religious appeal, begun in 1988, by the U.S. Catholic Bishops.  The fund supports women & men from religious communities who have served God’s people in ministry, are now retired and whose communities lack funds to provide for them in their retirement in a proper and dignified manner. There will be a second collection at all Masses. Please be generous. retirement

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weGiveCatholic on Giving Tuesday- is Today! Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:48:07 +0000 weGiveCatholic


Saint Malachi Parish is participating in weGiveCatholic on Giving Tuesday, Northeast Ohio’s first-evClick to contribute to St. Malachier online day of Catholic giving! This is taking place today, Tuesday, November 29 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Donations as small as $10 will be gratefully accepted through this online event.  All donations made through weGiveCatholic will go to St. Malachi Food Ministries, which includes the 40 year old Monday Night Meal, Back Door Ministry, Holiday Fruit Baskets to the residents of Lakeview High Rise (being distributed on Sunday, December 11) and other food ministries. Here is a link to our donation page on the we Give Catholic website:

Please consider making a charitable contribution on Giving Tuesday! People are able to designate more than one organization for donations and at the amount of their choosing. Anything you can do to remind family members, co-workers, friends and neighbors about weGiveCatholic will help!



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