When this church was built after the fire which destroyed the original church, the people of St. Malachi described this church as “St. Malachi’s Memorial Church.” As the pastor, Fr. George Martin, explained, “St. Malachi stands today a monument to the present parishioners who inherited the spirit and tradition of the past. It stands as a monument to those who were instrumental to its rise. … It stands as a monument of faith, a monument of trust in God, a monument to its courageous and self-sacrificing people.”
They embodied St. Malachi’ s history in the church itself, especially in the windows. St. Joseph (spouse of Mary and guardian of Jesus) and St. Ann (mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary) represent the fathers and mothers of the parish; St. Ursula honors the Ursuline Sisters who have served at St. Malachi for so many years. The remaining windows honor the pastors. There are no more windows available to honor our more current history. There is, however, room for a statue.
In keeping with this tradition, we would memorialize Fr. Paul Hritz with a statue of his patron Saint, Saint Paul. It seems especially appropriate to do this in honor of Fr. Hritz’s 60th Jubilee of priesthood, remembering his dedication to preaching and spreading the Gospel. It is also most appropriate to do this during the Year of Faith.
Fr. Hritz was never concerned with recognition for himself and would most probably oppose doing something simply to honor his memory. His focus was on the ministry of the church and his dedication was to faithfully serve God’s people. Years ago, when people wanted the church air conditioned, it was determined that it would cost $40,000. Fr. Hritz challenged them to raise $80,000 – and then the air conditioning would go forward. To honor his memory, we must also focus on our ministries.
In that same spirit, our goal is to raise $30,000 to be equally divided into four parts: for the statue and for ministries which Fr. Paul had as priorities in his life — Samaritan Ministry (education about alcoholism & addiction), the Food Fund (for the poor) and religious education/faith formation of children and adults. Contribution checks should be made out to St. Malachi Church with “Fr. Hritz memorial” on the Memo line.
To make a donation you can mail it to
2459 Washington Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Again please specify the Fr. Paul Hritz Memorial.
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