Many thanks to the over 50 individual parishioners of all ages, friends, and St. Ignatius High School students who helped clean, decorate, and maintain the worship space during the Advent/Christmas seasons.
Each of you are a blessing to us.
The Liturgy Commission is planning two, in church, brief review sessions for our lectors on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 10:15 AM, between the 9 AM and 11:30 AM Masses.
Topics to be covered include: suggestions and resources for preparation, microphone technique, being a prayerful presence, pacing and scheduling issues.
For more information call Charlene McElwee at the rectory or ask any member of the Liturgy Commission.
Contact Charlene McElwee at 216-861-5643 or email@example.com
Please join the Spiritual Development Commission for our meeting on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00PM in the rectory. We will be talking about our participation in the St. Malachi 150th Year Celebration, other initiatives, upcoming retreats and other events planned for the next few months.
Contact Jan Leitch firstname.lastname@example.org 216-521-6376
Adoration of the Eucharist on Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 7:00PM in the church. We reverence in silence and a reading.
Internet resources to help us pray:
Fr. Robert Barron http://www.wordonfire.org/
Ignatian Spirituality http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/
Daily Scripture http://www.catholic.org/bible/daily_reading/
Devotional prayer http://usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/index.cfm
Liturgy of the Hours http://universalis.com/
Centering prayer http://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/category/category/centering-prayer.
Contact: Jan Leitch email@example.com 216-521-6376
Metanoia leaders Dwayne Drotar and Carl Cook spoke to about 30 St. Malachi parishioners on 1/18/2015 for Sunday Morning at St. Malachi. The Metanoia Project is a non-profit which uses the St. Malachi School building to operate a homeless shelter during the winter months.
At the presentation we were informed that Dwayne Drotar will soon be assuming the role of Executive Director and will be replacing Tim Walters.
Dwayne has a long history serving the homeless and other vulnerable populations. He has taught and/or coached sports at Urban Community School, St. Ignatius, Beaumont High School and St. Martin De Porres High School. He has served as Executive Director for the Salvation Army and 2100 Lakeside. He has a St. Malachi connection including serving as Program Director for St. Malachi Center, and early in his career he led the Rainbow Club (a Saturday program for area youth) here at St. Malachi where among other things he started the boxing program.
He will be working with the Metanoia Board with a visioning process to determine the next steps for the organization.
Carl Cook, Program Manager, explained the current operations of Metanoia. They serve the “Unsheltered Population” in Cleveland and are open nights (6PM to 7AM) Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. In addition, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday they open on “Critical Cold Days” when the temperature falls to below 20 degrees.
Common reasons that people are homeless include issues with mental health, substance abuse, fear and pride or a combination of these. Metanoia provides a meal, various services, overnight shelter and perhaps most importantly the opportunity to form relationships. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for these individuals.
An important component of their program is a 6 week night school for the homeless called “The Courage To Change.” During this program participants are invited to look deeply into themselves so that a desire to change is aroused. The program includes both a classroom component and field experience. Now in its third year, many of the graduates of this program have been able to become employed and find a place to live.
For more information, please see Metanoia’s website.
Sunday, January 18,2015 through Sunday, January25, 2015 is the annual Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. The 2015 theme is: Jesus said to her, “Give Me A Drink.” (John 4: 7). Throughout this year, join Christians everywhere in praying “that they may all be one” joining our prayer with our Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer cards are available at the church entrances.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years . . . , in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity. By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper “that they all may be one.” (cf. John 17:21)
The Communications Commission will be meeting in the rectory on Thursday, January 22 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Topics will include implementation of the new website, organization of volunteer photographers and our social media outreach. Any who are interested and/or have skills in web/social media are encouraged to come! Please contact Gary Pritts at Gary.Pritts@Gmail.com or (216) 233-4960 for more information.
Thanks to all who helped remove Christmas decorations today. There is still some more work to be done; if you can help, contact Kay Vine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Malachi Parish Mission: We are a Eucharistic People, United in Prayer, Welcoming to All and Serving the Poor.
Celebrating 150 Years of Faithful Service in the Old Angle!