The holy season of Lent is nearly upon us. If you find any palms from last year or nail crosses that you’ve been forgetting to return, it’s time to recycle! Containers will be at the church doors for the palms; take the nail crosses directly into the sacristy before or after Mass.
Please volunteer to welcome Runners/Walkers to our campus the morning of our Run on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 7:30AM-11:00AM. This is a great opportunity to let people from far and wide know who we are and what we do. Info and FAQ sheets will be available for you to share with our guests at the table where you will assigned. If you can help, please contact Cathy Jacob at email@example.com or Pat Masterson at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thank you!
The Latin American Collection is , January 26-27, 2019 at all Masses. This is the only appeal for our Cleveland Latin American Mission in El Salvador. It is the main support for two diocesan priests working in the parishes served by our Mission. This appeal also contributes to the Catholic Bishops’ Collection for the Church in Latin America, which benefits projects & formation of seminarians, religious and lay leaders in 23 countries across Latin America. Please be generous.
January 18-25, 2019 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for 2019 is “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuter- onomy 16:18-20) and was prepared by churches in Indonesia. In a world marked by diversity in language and culture, we express our Christian faith in diverse ways. During this week we are called to celebrate this diversity and be faithful to Christ’s call for the unity of his Church. All are invited to join with brothers and sisters in prayer, song, and witness to unity as followers of Christ.
In today’s second reading, Saint Paul makes a list of gifts dispensed to members of the Christian community by the Holy Spirit. Each gift bestowed has a specific purpose for the person for whom it is intended: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, mighty deeds, prophecy, discernment, tongues, & interpretation. Good stewards know these gifts are not meant to be kept hidden by the recipient but to be shared with the community and beyond. As we begin a new year, let us reflect on the gift the Holy Spirit has given to each of us. Do we recognize this gift? How was it intended that we use this gift? Are we being good stewards of this gift?
The Diaconate Formation Office is accepting inquiries for men interested in the diaconate. Are you interested in learning more about the diaconate? There are many things to consider in discerning a vocation as a permanent deacon. If you thought of it or someone mentioned it to you, and you would like to learn more about the diaconate, contact Deacon Leo at 440-340-5631 or email him at email@example.com.
To request the amount of your annual contribution to St. Malachi Parish in 2018, either send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jeanette at the rectory 216-861-5343 and a statement will be emailed or mailed to you.
The 20th annual Reunion Dance for the benefit of Little Brothers & Sisters of the Eucharist is Friday, January 18, 2019from 8:00PM to Midnight at St. Clarence Hall, 30101 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. Live music by the Portersharks; $25 donation includes light refreshments & free valet parking. For further information & tickets, call 216-251-4075.
In today’s reading from the Gospel of Luke we hear the proclamation of the baptism of Jesus with “all the people.” Indeed, “heaven was opened,” and the Father announced his special favor. Whenever we partake of the body and blood of Christ, heed his call in our daily lives, share his Good News, become instruments of his transforming justice and peace, heaven is opened to us, and through the Holy Spirit, the Lord announces his special favor on us as well. A good stewardship reflection this week might be this: How, or in what ways, have we personally experienced God’s special favor in our lives?
Near West Young Adults will continue to meet each 2nd Sunday at 10:15AM in the Library using The Wild Goose, an online study of the Holy Spirit. You can join anytime! Also, on each 4th Sunday, young adults will now meet for brunch after 11:30AM Mass at the Big Egg on Detroit. All welcome! Contact email@example.com to be on the contact list.