This year, we support Christians in the Holy Land, the “living stones” whose population has fallen to less than 2% in the place where Christianity began. Today, only one Catholic school, Holy Family School, remains in Gaza. The Cleveland Holy Land Consortium supports this school. Our Bishop Nelson has encouraged a local effort to stand with the Christians of Gaza at Holy Family School and Parish. Help support families whose communities are largely cut off from the rest of the world. The need is urgent! Offering envelopes are available at the doors of the church for you to use to turn your personal Lenten sacrifices into contributions which will help Catholic children in Gaza make their way to a brighter day. Return Offerings on HOLY THURSDAY or EASTER SUNDAY. For more information contact: Sir Jeffery Abood, firstname.lastname@example.org 330-612-7968.
A special “thank you” to the many people at St. Malachi who helped make this year’s St. Malachi Church Run a great event last Saturday! A special thank you to the runners, sponsors, music and liturgical ministers who assisted at morning Mass and the host of volunteers who provided hospitality to thousands of participants, family members and friends who came out for this annual event. Thank you!
On March 9, Parish Council members met with Fr. Daniel Schlegel, Vicar for Clergy and Religious in the Diocese of Cleveland to discuss concerns of the parish. St. Malachi parish remains a very important parish in the Cleveland diocese, a welcoming place on the near westside serving the marginalized by providing basic needs: clothes, food, shelter, love and hope. With the ongoing support of parishioners, volunteers and donors the mission will continue. During these last four months we have been made to see the parish through a different lens. The question of diocesan transparency was discussed; Fr. Schlegel explained the process the diocese has regarding a Leave of Absence, established to protect the privacy of the clergy. Fr. Schlegel welcomed Parish Council members to offer their suggestions as to how handle this process more effectively, and with greater respect for the parish family. We the people of St. Malachi must continue to pray for Fr. Tony, both in our private prayer and in our prayer together as the people of St. Malachi Parish.
Have you checked out the new Diocesan website? Follow the Diocese on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & the E-Newsletter. A great ways to stay in touch with what’s happening around the diocese.
Join us this Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019 for the annual diocesan-wide “Evening of Confession.” All churches in the diocese will have confessors available from 5-8PM. Experience God’s loving mercy. In the words of Pope Francis, “God never tires of forgiving us.” This is an excellent Lenten practice as we prepare for Easter.
St. Patrick (West Park) is having a 50 year grade school reunion for the class of 1969 on June 29, 2019. For more information please contact Teri Rini-Fox at Trinirini99@aol.com.
On Friday, February 22, 2019, a rich journey in faith at St. Malachi for the Ursuline sisters came to an end. For me personally it is also the end of a great adventure with people of extraordinary faith. I have been blessed a hundred times over by my youthful eagerness to come serve on the near west side fifty years ago. The challenges of closing a house after all those years has mostly consumed my recent weeks but wanting to express gratitude has been in the back of my mind the entire time. Thank you for this life altering vocation of service to the poor. I hope this simple “thank you” conveys all that I hope to express.
Sr. Martha Owen, O.S.U.
St. Rocco Parish Elementary School, 3205 Fulton Rd., has open enrollment for the 2019—2020 School Year. The school offers solid, quality Catholic Education for children 18 months—Grade 8. St. Rocco provides a ‘safe environment’ and is “affordable”. They accept Cleveland Scholarships, EdChoice Vouchers, Jon Peterson Scholarships and other financial assistance. Free breakfast & lunch daily for all students. Call for an appointment to tour the school: 216-961-8557. Deadline for vouchers April 30, 2019.
During this difficult time at our parish, St. Malachi Pastoral Parish Council would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers for Fr. Tony and we appreciate everyone being supportive of Fr. Mahoney, the parish staff and to each other. We, the people of St. Malachi, find our true-identity as our Parish Mission Statement points out, a Eucharistic people, united in prayer, welcoming to all, serving those who are poor and in need. Parish Council representatives have a scheduled meeting March 9th with Fr. Dan Schlegel, Vicar for Clergy and Religious to discuss how difficult it has been on our parish since the fall due to the lack of transparency and our hopes that future communication would be direct and honest when handling similar situations in other parishes. Parish Council will keep the parish apprised if we have more information.