The 41st annual St. Malachi Run is Saturday, September 18, 2021. We need parishioners, family, and friends to volunteer and/or participate in this fun event and the parish’s major annual fund-raiser. We need people to help in multiple roles the day of the race and with packet pick-up at locations in Willoughby, Lakewood and McCarthy’s the week before the race. Please contact Cathy Jacob (440-773-0829 or (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pat Masterson (216-849-3689 or email@example.com) to sign up. You can also sign up after Masses the weekends of 8/21 &28, 9/4 & 11. Come join the fun, share our parish joy with the community, and help support our ministries.
Join us on Sunday, June 27,2021 in the hall after the 10AM Mass to make 17 personal welcome bags for the residents of the Stella Maris Supportive Housing Program. We will sort and package bags to make at least 17 personal hygiene kits for our new neighbors. All hands will be needed and refreshments will be served. We will continue to collect items in the front of the church through June 20th.
Please donate personal hygiene items (tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.) comb, brush, feminine products, face cloths, hand towels or small items for the kitchen (pot holders, dish towels, wooden spoon, etc.)
Farewell Mass and Reception for Fr. Neil
June 19, 2021
Fr. Neil will celebrate the 4PM Mass followed by a farewell reception and cookout immediately following the Mass until 7PM in the Parish parking lot.*
(Note: New start time for the reception)
After spending 21 years in Jail Ministry, Fr. Neil accepted an assignment as Parish Administrator of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish effective July 1, 2021.
There will be music, great food, a gift table and an opportunity to wish Fr. Neil many blessing as he starts this new chapter in his life.
For safety reasons only handicap parking will be available in our lot, parking will be available either in the Engineer’s lot (Vermont Ave side) or Stella Maris’ lot Washington Ave side)
*In case of rain, the reception will be held in the parish hall.
The 2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal will take place next weekend in our parish. Please refer to the insert in this week’s bulletin which includes our parish’s goal and an overview of the importance of Catholic Charities in our communities. This year’s appeal theme is Love Your Neighbor. Your generous support will transform the lives of others, to offer dignity, possibilities and companionship to those who are most vulnerable. As in the past, an in-pew commitment process will take place the weekend of February 20-21. All who have not received the mailing from Bishop Malesic, or have not had a chance to respond to it, will be asked to consider making a generous pledge to support the ministries and services provided by Catholic Charities.
If you have received the mailing, please respond generously to it and we ask you to also complete the in-pew envelope and indicate by checking the box that you have responded by mail. We invite you to view stories of inspiration and more information at CatholicCommunity.org/2021Appeal. Double your impact! A generous donor, who believes in the mission of Catholic Charities, will match your gift, up to $1 million. Do twice as much good when you give online at CatholicCommunity.org/Match. Thank you!
IMINUTES FROM PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING ON 2/2/21 VIA ZOOM
I. Education/Planning Ahead for Communications: Carrie and Kevin Burke facilitated a lively discussion about how we can work together to improve parish communications—suggestions followed:
Update the website
Realize the increasing need for a parish Zoom account
Explore benefits of a weekly email for parish news, perhaps using ParishSOFT which we already have
Consider hiring a part time “communications coordinator” like at St. Pat’s
Develop a list of current needs (Carrie & Kevin)
Contact the Catholic Young Adult Organization for skilled volunteers (Patrick)
Ministry Liaisons: Council members were matched with the ministries: Finance: Jim Bishop; Sunday AM at St Malachi: Steph Riccobene; Spiritual Development: Heather Gerheim; MNM & Back Door: Patrick Cleary-Burns; Social Action: John Paul Stephens; Communication: Claudia Cabrera; Hospitality: Linda Wilson; Evangelization & Fruitful Disciples: Judy Slivka; Mother Teresa/Samaritan: Judy Stowe; Life-Long Faith Formation: Melissa Smith-Morales; Liturgy: Patrick Cleary-Burns; Malachi Center: Cathy Graham; West Side Creation Care Team: Judy Slivka; Building & Grounds, Malachi House & Stewardship: Executive Committee
Nominations for Parish Council: The committee (Cathy Graham & Judy Slivka + a parishioner TBD) will recruit candidates for the current openings– 4 for 3-year terms; 1 for a 1-year term
Council Meeting Calendar: The meetings will be on the first Tuesday of the month except for April 13 & June 8 with no meetings in July & December except for ad hoc emergencies
Annual Parish Meeting: Will be on Sunday, April 25 (afternoon) on Zoom (d/t pandemic) & possibly coordinated with live stream of 10AM mass; to be planned by Fr. Gurnick, Patrick Cleary-Burns, Judy Slivka & Judy Stowe
III. Administrator’s Report: Fr. Gurnick
Pursuant to his recent letter to the Council Chairperson, Fr.Gurnick reiterated his intent to have fruitful conversations over the next few months with all the individual ministries to learn about their overall perspective regarding the mission of St. Malachi.
An invitation was extended to all to attend the “Living as Missionary Disciples” presentations after 5:30 PM mass on four Wednesdays in Lent at St. Patrick’s (Bridge)
Reminder: Our Lenten charity is the St. Kizito Mission (Uganda) begun by Fr. Don Dunson
The “Back Door Ministry Evening Supper” has temporarily replaced the Monday Night Meal (MNM), which is currently on hiatus due to the pandemic. Simple, nutritious meals are provided for take-out at the door of the hall on Monday nights.
Heat Issues: the boiler serving the school, hall & church has been replaced; the boiler for the Rectory stopped working (no heat) and hopefully can be repaired
North church steps: the canopy is helping; further repairs are still being processed
Plumbing: plans (most are extremely expensive) are pending for solution to clogged pipes for front church toilet; thankfully, the Convent plumbing is not affected.
Judy Stowe, Secretary
Due to the pandemic our annual walk/run will be held Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day on September 18, 2021. There is a two- and five-mile walking option and it won’t be cold! Can’t walk, come to Mass and cheer on the runners or volunteer. Please join us for what promises to be the largest celebration of Irish culture in CLE in 2021!
Please visit our St. Malachi Run Website to join the FREE Waiting List.
In response to the needs of our neighbors, the Back Door Ministry will begin serving a simple hot nutritious meal on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7PM beginning Monday, January 18, 2021. The same safety procedures and rules that are maintained on a daily basis by the Back Door Ministry will be followed on Monday evenings. All meals will be served at the Washington Street entrance to the hall. There will be no access into the building or restrooms.
Volunteers are welcome! If you are interested in volunteering, please call Racquel at the rectory 216-861-5343.
St. Malachi Parish will again participate in #weGiveCatholic on Tuesday, December 1. A one-day on-line giving event throughout the Diocese, St. Malachi’s goal this year is to raise $25,000 for our Parish Ministries. New this year is our Matching Donor Program thanks to the generosity of CGB Tech Solutions, Fred and Karen Kappus, Onix Networking and Steve Switaj. Make your donation go further by donating during the hours that are designated “Matching Donor”. More information & times to follow.
Please participate by going online on Tuesday, December 1, 12AM-11:59PM to: www.stmalachi.org website and click on the #weGiveCatholic button. You will be redirected to St. Malachi on the #weGiveCatholic website where you can make your donation. Not able to go online? We accept cash or checks made out to St. Malachi Parish which can be placed in the collection basket or mailed before December 1. Please indicate #weGiveCatholic on the memo line or envelope. Credit Cards are accepted for #weGiveCatholic. Call or stop by the Rectory to make your donation 216-861-5343 on or before December 1. We accept MasterCard Visa, Discover and Amex. Thank you for supporting St. Malachi Parish Ministries!
We are happy to announce that all five candidates received an overwhelming vote of support. Claudia Cabrera, Heather Gerheim, Stephanie Riccobene, Judy Slivka and Melissa Smith-Morales will all be installed at the November 10th Parish Council meeting. At that meeting the entire council will be led through a discernment process to select the new leadership team.
On September 12/13, 2020 COAR will be making a mission appeal asking for your prayers, awareness, and generosity. Founded in 1980 at the beginning of El Salvador’s civil war, COAR is the Community of Oscar A. Romero, a school, foster care facility, clinic and other services for the impoverished children of El Salvador.
More information is available at www.coarpeacemission.org, (440) 943-7615. Donations are payable to St. Malachi Parish. Please place your donation into the collection basket as you enter Church. Donations can also be mailed to the parish with “COAR” in the memo.