Everyday Mystic: Praying is important to Jesus. The word “pray” appears 155 times in the Gospels. Jesus was going away to pray alone, asking his followers to join him in prayer, or teaching his followers to pray. On Sunday April 12 during Rediscovering Sunday Morning between the masses, we offer a time of prayer and reflection based on the book, Armchair Mystic by Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J. If you have been looking for help to take your prayer home please join us. You can purchase a book beforehand or copies of the chapters we are discussing are available that day. “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Beginning in April 2015, on the third Sunday of each month parishioners in their twenties and thirties will share brunch after the 11:30 mass at restaurants in the Cleveland area. First one: April 19th, 2015 at The Big Egg, 5107 Detroit Ave. Ask to be seated with the other St. Malachi 20s & 30s. Come, and bring a friend!
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.
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.
The Cleveland L’Arche Community’s 11th annual Reverse Raffle is Saturday, April 11, 2015 starting at 5 PM at the Patrician, 33150 Lakeland Blvd., Eastlake. Fr. Jim O’Donnell will be honored with the Spirit of L’Arche award. Cost is $60, by March 1, which includes dinner and a chance on the main board, or $40 for dinner only. For tickets, call (216) 721-2614 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, 2/17/2015, Stacey Dever is our Everyday Prophet. Stacy is administrator for the program development for the Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services. She is also a Magnificat alumna honoree and mom! We start at 12:30 PM (after noon Mass) in the hall. Everyday Prophets is a lunchtime program to celebrate the work and 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.
Saturday, February 7 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 is the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. We remember and give thanks for the witness of so many women and men who have dedicated their lives completely to God and to the service of
God’s people as vowed religious or consecrated virgins.
We especially recognize the Ursuline Sisters of St. Malachi and (Sr.) Maggie Walsh-Conrad, who is a consecrated virgin. Let us also remember those who are discerning a call to this life, especially Jack McLinden,who is a novice in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
The Liturgy Commission meets on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the rectory. The main focus will be preparing for Lent and a discussion of Chapter 2 of Real World, Real Worship. All are welcome.